B is for Big: Chevrolet Impala SS went out with guns blazing
THIS '90S GM CLASSIC HAD ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR A PROPER BLUESMOBILE
APRIL 10, 2017
The last generation of the B-Body is best remembered in the form of the faux-wood bedecked Buick Roadmaster and its Chevy and Olds siblings, but the staid image of these bulbous boats got an eleventh-hour send-off with the debut of the Caprice-derived Impala for the 1994 model year. Powered by a specially tuned 5.7-liter small-block V8 producing 260 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, the Impala stayed pretty well disguised in traffic most of the time; the only giveaways were the body-colored trim, five-spoke aluminum wheels, lowered ride height, a new grille and a spoiler. Underneath, the Impala SS received a lot of Caprice police package goodies including four-wheel disc brakes, a retuned suspension with beefed-up shocks and springs, dual exhausts and a reverse-flow cooling system.
The Impala SS stayed in production from 1994 through 1996, until the last B-Body car rolled off the line; its billing as an instant classic helped a good number of the almost 70,000 examples produced stay garaged and on the road.