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  Chevrolet Impala SS

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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2004
Introduced at:2003 Chicago Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionImpala ss, the car that began Chevrolet's legendary ss bloodline, will return to the Chevy lineup as a 2004 model. The announcement was made during the 2003 Chicago Auto Show. The 2004 Chevy Impala ss will deliver more power and tighter handling with a 240-horsepower 3800 supercharged V-6, beefed-up four-wheel independent suspension and high-performance speed-rated tires with 17-inch diamond-cut cast aluminium wheels. The monochromatic black ss also will feature bright stainless steel dual exhaust tips, fog lamps, a six-gauge cluster including boost gauge, and 'ss' badging.

While boosting the performance equation, the new ss variant also will continue to offer features that set Impala apart from mid-size sedan competitors: a comprehensive safety package, solid body structure, room for five passengers, plenty of cargo space, a surprising number of amenities for the price, and a track record of outstanding quality, reliability and durability. Impala earned a 5 star/5 star safety rating, the highest U. S. government safety rating in front crash testing.

Chevrolet is working with the GM Performance Division to develop the Impala ss and other ss vehicles that feature strong acceleration, enhanced handling and uncompromised driveability. The first result of this collaboration is the 2003 Silverado ss extended cab short bed pickup, available in the first quarter of 2003. A new Monte Carlo ss, also featuring the supercharged version of the 3800, will debut as a 2004 model.

The Impala provides a solid foundation for superb ride and handling. A unique extruded aluminium engine cradle saves weight and helps isolate engine noise and vibration, and the overall tautness of the Impala's body structure allows chassis components to be finely tuned to enhance performance. Impala also features four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts at all four corners, variable-rate power rack-and-pinion steering, electronic traction control, and large-diameter four-wheel disc power-assisted braking with ABS and race-inspired cooling ducts.

Chassis and suspension enhancements will provide the Impala ss with sportier ride and handling capabilities. Spring rates will be stiffened in both front and rear, and the rear ride height will be lowered by 10 mm. The combination will help reduce body roll in cornering and improves the driver's 'feel' of road conditions.

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