IMPALA SS PACKS MUSCLE, COMFORT AND STYLE by
Richard Truett (Orlando Sentinel 7/16/95)
For auto makers, there is danger in resurrecting a hallowed
nameplate from the past.
Do it wrong and you could tarnish the reputation of a
time-honored classic and alienate the nostalgia buffs.
But get it right - as Chevrolet has done with the head-turning
Impala SS - and you'll get orders for more cars than you can
The Impala name first appeared on a Chevy Bel Air in 1958. It
became a separate model in 1961. Throughout the '60s, the Impala
SS (for Super Sport) came with large V-8 engines, offered
tire-smoking performance and boasted conservative but attractive
styling. The car was designed to appeal to middle-aged,
The model was discontinued after the 1969 model year.
For the new Impala, Chevy's mechanics stuffed a Corvette
engine under the hood. Then they engineered a radical suspension
system and created a sporty interior. And finally, they designed
a unique exterior styling treatment with huge wheels, a special
grille and other cosmetic touches.
The heart of the Impala SS is a Corvette LT1 V-8 engine and a
computerized four-speed automatic transmission. No other
drivetrain is available.
Chevrolet rates the Impala's 350-cubic-inch V-8 at
260-horsepower, making it the most powerful four-door sedan on
the road for less than $25,000. The 1995 model is virtually the
same as the 1994 I tested.
The car idles very smoothly and runs very quietly. And the
performance is civilized too.
It is only when you step hard on the accelerator at a low
speed that you can hear the engine sucking in air as it winds up.
When it comes to performance, the Impala SS delivers. Motor
Trend magazine says the Impala SS will make the trip from 0-to-60
mph in just 7.1 seconds.
Incredible is the only word that can describe the way the
Impala SS slices through curves. No big car that I've ever driven
handles as competently as the Impala SS.
The secret? A very firm and stiff suspension system that keeps
the body straight.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are capable of hauling the
Impala SS to an effortless stop from high speeds.
The test car was fully loaded. It came with power seats,
mirrors, windows and door locks, plus a CD player, air
conditioning and cruise control.
GRAPHIC: PHOTO: 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS. CHEVROLET; PL: Not
returned; BOX: 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS; Base price: $23,210.;
Price as tested: $24,970.; Safety features: Dual air bags,
anti-lock brakes.; Engine: 260-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch
(5.7-liter), fuel-injected V-8 with two valves per cylinder.;
Transmission: Computer-controlled 4-speed automatic.; EPA rating:
17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.; Warranty: 3-year, 36,000-mile
bumper-to-bumper with no deductible.; Incentives: None.