Debuted as a concept in 1993, the Impala SS received an excellent response from the US public, so GM gave it the green light for production soon after. It hit the showroom floors in 1996 and proved that modern technology could produce a better muscle car. It may have only run the small-block 350ci (5.7-liter) V8, but thanks to multi-point fuel injection, engine management and excellent torque, the de-tuned Corvette motor could propel the Impala to sub-7 second 0-60mph (0-95 km/h) times and an impressive top speed, while returning 21 mpg (7.5km/!). The car was no lightweight at just under two tons, yet it could be thrown around, thanks to thicker anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and de Carbon shocks. Heavy-duty police front spindles and huge 12-inch (305inm) disc brakes all around helped the inspiring feel. The interior was fully loaded; the car was way ahead of its ancestors in the luxury stakes.
Chevrolet Impala SS (1996) Specifications
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