Well... look who lives! Our spy photographers have managed to snag a few photos of what may very well be the next interpretation of the Chevrolet Impala SS. Long thought to be a casualty of the General Motors bailout, the biggest member Club SS was reportedly shelved a few years back. The Impala line hasn't offered an SS performance variant since 2009, and the more aggressive grille, front fascia and tweaked head- and taillight arrays on this prototype hint at something more sinister than any topped-out LTZ model could offer. Our spy shooter's supplier sources indicate GM is, in fact, still working on an Impala SS, and they suggest the sedan may bow with a new LF3 twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 under the hood.

If true, that means the brawny Impala could scoot down the road with a heady 380 horsepower. As far as we know, no vehicle since the limited production 350-hp Ford Focus RS500 has tried to push anywhere near that many ponies to the front wheels, which begs the question: will the Impala offer all-wheel drive despite recent reports to the contrary?

Doing so would seem to position the Impala SS quite well against the freshly updated Taurus SHO. Either way, we're excited to give this big boy a go.


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        KCyclone
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would believe this is an eco model easier than a high performance model as well. Of course I can't tell too much simply from photos, but one thing I noticed right away is how small the brake discs are.
      Brendan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely looks more Hybrid on the front end than SS. The grille and fascia look more in line with the Volt. Chevy is supposed to be trimming SS line in favor of more sport models in line with the original SS cars. With AWD basically ruled out, it's doubtful this is a SS model.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brendan
        i think you're probably right. without AWD, i really don't see them producing a SHO fighter. that's just too much power for a FWD set up.
      teecee656
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently, putting "SS" on a car, in Chevy's mind makes it a Super-Sport. Suggestion: start with a full size frame on ladder chassis. Then remove the "B" pillar and be sure it's a true two-door hardtop. The layout should be front engine with rear wheel drive and a posi-traction differential. Put the Corvette V-8 427 in it and make sure to add a Hurst short throw shifter and linkage. Muscle car thinking....the only substitute for cubic inches..is more cubic inches. Last but not least, never ever consider putting an automatic transmission in it and forget traction control, when you dump the clutch I want smoke from the rears, and at least a "chirp" in top gear.
        whdlsn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @teecee656
        Yes, Yes and Yes! If its not full-framed, V8 and Rear Wheel Drive? Then I don't want to hear about it.
      Sara
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me when the Impala goes back to rwd.
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anything with 4 doors is not a muscle car.
      frank1946
      • 2 Years Ago
      Current Impala, W Body, is a excellent car for Familes and working class. Affordable, reliable and comfortable. Keep buying them as long as they build Em'.
      Matt Hopkins
      • 2 Years Ago
      A muscle car is NOT front wheel drive, nor is it a four door. Grandma drove a four door, front wheel drive econo box.
        oakspondman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Hopkins
        Even my father never bought a 4 door, his entire life. He hated 4 door cars. Guess the apple did not fall far from the tree, im like him 2 dr, or keep it.
      Dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Muscle car? Only if the muscles belong to some 90 year old dude on life support. It has 2 too many doors to be a muscle car anyway.
        jmcfann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        I beg your pardon, I'm a 65 year old dude, not on life support, and could probably outdrive you ass any day of the week in the ground based vehicle of your choice (without tracks). And that includes locomotives. Look up the definition of "muscle car" and number of doors has nothing to do with it.
        oakspondman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        What happend to the days when a car was available as a 2dr/4dr/wagon?
      anthonygolfbones
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it is front wheel drive , 4 door, v6 power it is not an SS, at least the 95 96 ss had rear wheel drive v8 power and would have been a lot more popular if it were 2 door.IT burn me up when they try to replace an American icon with some Jap junk.
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      The way the grille looks it could be a hybrid?
      allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somehow it just doesn't look like an impala ss the way I remember them....
      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another humdrum, mediocre machine. Bring back the 64 Impala SS. With todayu's technology, it could be one really sweet ride.
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