• May 7th 2009 at 11:30AM
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General Motors has killed off the Impala SS, again. For the 2010 model year, the Impala line will be available in base LS, mid-range LT and range-topping LTZ trim. The loss of the SS edition will also mark the end of the end of the line for GM's 5.3L V8 engine in the midsize front-wheel drive Chevy sedan. That means the biggest available engine will be the 3.9L LGD pushrod 60-degree V6.

We've long questioned whether the current W-body Impala does justice to the memory of Super Sports of yore, despite the presence of the V8 engine. Regardless, we'd prefer to keep the 303-horsepower LS4 option and drop the SS badges. In a perfect world, this is where we'd tell you about GM's plans to slap Impala SS badges and a Bowtie-specific fascia on the outgoing Pontiac G8 GT. Sadly, we have no such good news to report at this time. Keep the faith, people.

[Source: GM Online Ordering Guide via GM Inside News]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why everytime GM kills a vehicle, everyone starts to love it and find it a bargain!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 1960's Impalas were among the best ever.
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good bye.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Good riddance. That thing was always lame, in this generation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Chevrolet Impala SS, the coolest old people car around.

      Gra'ma gun' show you why she needs a V8!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ waiownsyou:

        Wrong Matt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kill off the current FWD Chevy Impala, bring it back and import the Holden Caprice and Sportwagon in to replace it. At least that will account for the loss of the G8 RWD platform and bring back some RWD Sedans to GM.

      I think they have some sedans worth shipping over here to the states.
      Look for yourself: http://www.holden.com.au/vehicles
      • 6 Years Ago
      I tested one for a chance to buy a domestic but preferred the driving dynamics of my Altima 3.5 SE with the six speed manual. It doesn't have as much hp, 270hp versus the Impala's 300+ but the Altima has the haft shafts equal lengths and flat which seriously reduces torque steer. You can WOT with the Altima and it tracks straight and true. The resale value also was a concern.
      I actually made an offer for a brand new Malibu Maxx SS last January, which had an unrealistic MSRP of 37,490.00. I offered 25,000.00 on the road based on the fact that the dealer wouldn't give me a cent over 20,000.00 for a trade, even on the day I drove it off the lot. The dealer phoned me back with the cars details. It had 11,000 kms on it already and I wasn't even in the ball park with my offer of 25,000.00. That same day I bought my Altima with 120 kms on the clock and 31,000.00 on the road. A much better car for the money, sorry GM, maybe catch you next time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Next iteration should be RWD. The Malibu is enough for most, but I'd still love to see a new Impala.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Making the Impala a rear-wheel drive car would not do a damn thing to enhance sales. Based upon how well domestically branded RWD sedans are selling, it'd probably kill sales. The Impala needs to keep pace with the Taurus and Avalon as a high value large car.
      Kenneth Creedon
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good! I liked the Impala SS but again it was FWD even though it was cheap to build it but wasn't a very good seller. I know they said the G8 isn't going to be rebadged but maybe its just a ploy by GM while it sorts things out. When building the G8 it was introduced as an Austrailian Import with a Canadian or Domestic factory to pick up production in its 2nd or 3rd year here in the states. Maybe this is still possible. The Camaro built on the Zeta is build in Canada-Expand! Those sales aren't going to last forever!
      This could also give Chevrolet a Model for Police Fleet Duty as the Ford Crown Vic is out and the Dodge Charger is a little too fuel hungry. I think as a niche model the Impala SS can be a separated model from the FWD Impala just like in the 1990's when you had the RWD Impala SS, and FWD Lumina. Yes they would have the same name but would cater to different markets. Since it would be a performance niche vehicle it would have heritage (Babyboomers-midlifers who want out of their Camry/Accord), style, and performance worthy of the extra cost even on a Chevrolet-it has a history that justifies it.
      Then GM could use economies of scale to even out production costs by introducing a Cadillac (Chinese SLS?) or Buick (Chinese Park Avenue?) on the Zeta platform. Again this is all just speculation but if we commentators keep pestering them it might get something done. Come on GM! Grow a pair-if you keep making cuts without filling in the holes, other automakers are just going to keep eating your lunch causing you to continually downsize-our time is now to right the ship and make some sacrifices!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevrolet Impala Schutzstaffel? What else can it be? There's nothing super or sporty there....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car is not that bad, I am no gradpa, at 45 with 2 growing boys I need a good FWD car with lots of leg room, and at a good price.
      The V/8 is a waste of time in this FWD car, put the 3.6 from the Caddy in here and call it the SS. Or make a malibu ss and leave the impalla the way it is.
      My bonneville with the 3800 get better mileage than my cousins Maxima with the six speed manual. So the GM FWD car does have a place. In my garage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still praying for a RWD iteration in the near future ( C'mon guys at GM, you have the Z plattform at hand, use it). Real SS Chevys will live again, some day, I hope so...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Impala SS.

      G8 platform and do it now.

      Great car and with lower priced model, it will compete with Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maximum, etc.

      Come on GM. You can do this.
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