Collectible Classic: 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
By: Jake Holmes
August 28, 2015
After a hiatus of 25 years, the Chevrolet Impala SS returned for the 1994 model year with all the hop-up parts needed to justify its final two letters. Based on a Chevy Caprice sedan, the SS had a beefed-up LT1 V-8; a lower, heavy-duty suspension derived from the Caprice cop car; larger brakes; a limited-slip differential; and dual exhausts.
The Chevrolet Impala SS was far meaner than any standard Caprice, able to run to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds and through the quarter mile in 15.4 seconds, scorching contemporary four-door muscle machines including the Ford Taurus SHO and the supercharged Pontiac Bonneville SSEi.
The trunk is enormous (at 20.4 cubic feet, it’s more spacious than the trunk in today’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class), and the back seat has enough head- and legroom to easily accommodate 6-foot passengers.
The Impala SS still attracts attention because stuffing a high-performance engine into a family sedan remains a pretty unusual formula. Today’s Chevrolet Impala is far less cool than this one, although the idea of a big, comfortable sedan with a hot V-8 under the hood lives on for a little while longer in the shape of the Australian-engineered, 415-hp Chevrolet SS.
But as much as the idea of a comfortable sedan with big power seems to resonate among enthusiasts, the concept has almost disappeared from the new-car marketplace. And for that reason, the Chevrolet Impala SS won’t soon be forgotten by enthusiasts.
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