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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The first FWD Impala SS came out in 2004. It was a supercharged 3.8 V6, same as the 05 SS. Style changed for 2006 with 5.3 V8. Check out Ebay or Google. I took out a 2004 Impala SS when they first arrived. Black was the only color you could get.

    GMs Bob Lutz just announced today April 10th that the RWD large Impala replacement is now on hold. Lutz also indicated that they have not confirmed that the name Impala would go on a RWD sedan as previously stated. GM states that with government higher CAFE numbers and much more stringent emissions coming for 2010 GM would not be able to comply with a heavier RWD full sized car at this time and meet the new laws for emissions reductions. High performance cars for 2010/11 could be hit with up to a $5,000 emissions tax he says, and most purchasers would not be willing to pay for that. Lutz indicated it was too late to put the Camaro on hold. It will arrive in dealerships in eary 2009. Thats big news!
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I have driven the 2006 SS. Nice car! I am sure my 63 would equal or better 1/4 mile times/speed of the FWD SS. It has 4:11 gears. Probably runs low/mid 13s.

    The 63 SS is very primitive to todays SS cars. It goes great in a straight line but cornering is terrible. Brutal on gas. Sunoco 94 only. 8-10 miles to the gallon (OUCH!) but great memories for me.
  • So your saying there was an SS in 2005? A production model Super sport in 2005?...we're not talking a concept, were talking production.....if so , how many were made?
  • Yeah, they had them...but they were equal to the SS packages you bought back in the 60's to make anything an SS....The 04-05 SS's weren't "true" Super Sports...of course then again , the only True ones were in the 60's.......the 94-96"s were "beefed up' Caprices.....
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Off topic. Production cars, 2004 Impala SS 2005 Impala SS. 3.8 supercharged V6. The SS cars came with monochrome black paint with the name Impala SS in vinyl letters along the front doors. Please google 2004 or 2005 Impala SS and you will see them. They came in black only. 17" wheels. They all had a special gauge package as well. You can see them on ebay and in every used auto trader magazine. Production was about 20,000 for each year. Three Impala models in 2004 & 05.....base model, LS, and SS.
  • I guess were going to have to start calling the the new Cobalts .."Super Sports" now too!! GM is using the term "SuperSport ' to loosely...
  • Charts, that is big news.....I had my doubts that GM would come out with a full size RWD.....Looks like the 06-09 Impala Supersports might be the last.....last of the"Impala Super Sports"
  • Just looked that up ..the 409/409 in "62 was 14.9 in the qtr....the new 5.3 is 14.7
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Its all over the news today. Google: chevrolet news and read all the posts regarding this information.

    Bob Lutz indicated today that the future RWD Impala is now on hold, until they figure out if its possible to build the car to meet the stringent Emission/Cafe standards coming in a few years. GM indicated the RWD car could be a much as 30% heavier then the current model. If they don't build it I can see the Impala continuing as a FWD but refreshed and made larger to not be so close in size to the new revised 2008 malibu thats coming out in a few months.

    Interesting times!
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I have seen tests from 62 with a 62 SS 409 with 4.56 gears running 14.02. Thats with skinny 14" wheels and nylon tires. Restrictive mufflers back then were terrible. A few tweaks could make these cars run in the 12s. 409s though was not a reliable engines. Most guys blew them up within a year.

    The things that held these cars back as compared to a 2006 Impala SS were the skinny 5 1/2" wide nylon tires, carburators that are no match for todays fast fuel injection, and slow shifting transmissions.

    They held their own in 62 and 63 but by 64 Ford/Mopar had figured out their own performance needs and chevy was left in the dust.
  • 30% heavier?...Ouch!! !...You would need 600 Horse power to move that thing!!
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    Lutz stated that they don't know how to get 30% better gas mileage out of large RWD car, therefore RWD Impala program is on hold. This is due to the recent government call for 30% higher CAFE standards by 2016 and the Supreme Court ruling on allowing CO2 to be defined as a green house emission and therefore fall under regulation of the EPA exhaust emission standards.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I might be wrong on 30% heavier. The CAFE numbers are suppose to increase by 4% per year. I believe for cars right now it is fleet average of 27.5 mpg. The current 2006/07 Impalas meet the standards. By the time the new Impala was to come out and years after GM would have to increase their fleet MPG by 30%. With the Impala scheduled to be larger and heavier RWD it would be near impossible to meet those numbers with out paying a huge penalty for emissions on each of these vehicles sold. Large cars by Ford/DC will be in the same mess. Remember any small cars that GM imports such as the Aveo does not help in the factor of average fleet MPG. The Aveo is built in Korea.
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    This would not apply to cars built outside N.A., so it seems all this might do is shift more vehicle production overseas. Just what the country needs! The forthcoming Pontiac G8 (same basic Global RWD chassis as the future Impala) would not be affected, as it would be built in Australia.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    I remember the following Impala SS cars in the Buffalo, NY area when I was growing up:

    1963 - Dark maroon / black interior - I think it was a automatic but it looked like a stick shift

    1965 - A light purple metallic color?

    1966 - Marina Blue / black interior. I did like the Caprice finned tailight trim better.

    1968 - A teal metallic convertible with white bucket seats and top. 427 / Automatic / AC / chromed factory rallye wheels with whitewalls. Could have bought the car for $800 in great shape except for the spun bearing in the motor. Shoulda / coulda but "Dad" said it was a waste of money.
  • maroon with black int. was popular for that was probably a 3 on the tree..
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    With the 2008 Malibu growing to almost the size of the current Impala, I can't see Chevy offering two FWD cars that similar (both in size and price). Methinks if the RWD Impala dies, the Impala dies (at least for the short-term).
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I hope you are wrong. This isn't GMs fault. For the past couple years GM has actually been building cars that people want 2006 Impala SS, Solstice, etc. and with new exciting products in the pipeline better times were coming. Lutz said today doing the math not meeting the future CAFE/EMISSION standards large cars can be levied up to a $5,000 surtax each. Don't be surprised if the Camaro isn't axed even though its along its way. GM said the Camaro couldn't make it on its own. Hopefully the 2006-09 Impala SS cars won't be the last. That would be disaster for Chevy. Back to the drawing board!
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I hope it doesn't happen too...I'm trying to stretch the life of my 2000 Impala for at least a couple more years until I can see the 2010 Impala on the horizon, and then choose between it or the new Malibu.

    Question though on the Lutz's my understanding that for CAFE standard purposes a flex-fuel vehicle offers an advantage - the Govt. assumes these vehicles will run ethanol 50/50 to gasoline (even though in realty most folks won't/can't run E85 because of availability/cost). IF say a RWD Impala got an average of 15-MPG of gasoline, if it were a flex-fuel vehicle it would be twice as efficient (burning 50% less gasoline), or count at 30-MPG. If it really only costs @ $50-100 in parts to make an engine E85 capable, why not just make a RWD Impala SS Flex-fuel engine and move on?
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    No, it was a floor shifter.
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