CHEVY PRICES IMPALA SS AT $22,495 (Plain Dealer
General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet division last week produced
the first Impala SS in 25 years, a sporty version of its Caprice
sedan that will start at $22,495.
The GM division plans to build about 5,000 Impala SS sedans,
which have a 260-horsepower version of the Corvette's 5.7-liter
V-8 engine. Black is the only color available.
The first cars should arrive in dealerships in the next month,
a Chevrolet spokesman said.
"We think we have a real winner on our hands," Jim Perkins,
Chevrolet general manager, said as the first Impala SS rolled off
the line at GM's Arlington, Texas, plant. "We've already taken
5,000 orders for this car, and we believe we can sell a lot
The 1994 Impala SS has a standard four-speed automatic
transmission, high-speed tires, anti-lock brakes, dual front air
bags, an alarm system, leather seats and an AM/FM stereo. The
only extra-cost options are a compact disc player, a rear-window
defogger and an engine-block heater.
A well-equipped Caprice LS sedan with a 200 horsepower,
4.3-liter V-8 engine costs $22,168.
The idea behind the Impala SS literally came from the street,
the GM division said in introducing the car. Chevrolet's chief
designer, John Cafaro, had noticed a certain souped-up Chevrolet
Caprice driving through his neighborhood. The sedan was lower to
the ground and its trim was painted black.
Cafaro brought the car into the studio and used it as a model
for the division's own design that went into production about 13
The Impala SS was first shown as a concept vehicle in late
1992 at a convention for companies that supply add-on parts.
"All we were trying to do was tweak the interest of the
automotive aftermarket," said Dave Hansen, director of
engineering and product development for Chevrolet. "But what we
had on our hands, show after show, was an overwhelming reaction
by customers to put this car into production."
The Arlington assembly plant builds the Chevrolet Caprice,
Cadillac Brougham and Buick Roadmaster.
Chevrolet plans to build about 5,000 Impala SS sedans, which have
a 260-horsepower version of the Corvette's 5.7-liter V-8 engine.
Black is the only color available.