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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2019, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Usually watch these vids just to kill time in between work ... don’t know if this goes here but they finally did the Impala. Just thought I’d share. My concern is the ending and how the Impala has ended up lol

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Yah worth investing a coffee, and better than average (and expected). Yung-uns can get an ok primmer within a short retention span. And old farts get to recall their (our) early patterning.



Of course to save a lot of time a simple, "and then they revived the 'up-to-then' revered name in '99 with some embarrassing milquetoastwrong wheel drive POS and pheucht everything all up".

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Interesting history - learned a few things. Thanks for sharing

Would have loved to see the 8.2 in the concept Impala SS (B body) as a factory option .

I wish the guy in the video would stop shouting everything...
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Cool video

94-96 were true representations of "SS" badging and meaning like older generation GM vehicles that were "SS" models (Camaro, Nova, Impala). The "Super Sport" actually meant, and was, a higher performing model of GM model names

To bad the video did not include the two variant 8th gens (LT5 & ??) that Jon Moss did and Tim Alan owns unless the 8.2 (502?) one shown for the 92 LA Auto show is one that Tim owns besides the LT5

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Thanks for the video. Will check it out later on today. It's a busy monday morning.
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Cool video

94-96 were true representations of "SS" badging and meaning like older generation GM vehicles that were "SS" models (Camaro, Nova, Impala). The "Super Sport" actually meant, and was, a higher performing model of GM model names

To bad the video did not include the two variant 8th gens (LT5 & ??) that Jon Moss did and Tim Alan owns unless the 8.2 (502?) one shown for the 92 LA Auto show is one that Tim owns besides the LT5
The SS was an appearance package on the impala. Plenty of 6 cylinder SS cars made from 62-69.

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The '94-96 Impala SS went further than "appearance" items in my opinion. From springs/shocks,and sway bars. Four-wheel disc brakes,and PCM tune. One may say the tires/rims are only appearance item,but many would also consider them a performance upgrade as well.

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The SS was an appearance package on the impala. Plenty of 6 cylinder SS cars made from 62-69.
True...to a point though.

In early 60's the early Chevy 2 and Impala the "SS" was a trim package...….but the Chevelle when badged as a SS meant it had a big engine, HD cooling, etc. aka "performance" package which carried over to other models like Camaro and Nova

"I" have always viewed "SS" badging to mean a car model with performance upgrades (engine, suspension, cooling, braking) vs just a trim package. IMHO the 94-96 Impala "SS" lived up to that delineation.

Sadly GM used it purely as a marketing tool and badged 6 cyl FWD Impala as "SS" in later years...which to me is not the true car guy meaning. Obvious "interpretations" understood...

I have a 67 Camaro also. Originally it was a 327 (*L30), 4 brl plain jane base model, not a SS as those models had 350 or 396 CI motors and could be ordered as SS or RS models

*L30 Camaro was however the poor mans way of getting 10 less HP (275) than a 396 at the time. Saved $ and weight and a 327 could spin higher RPM's than the big blocks. The regular 327 in the 67 Camaro was a 2 brl and had 210 HP. One ordering the L30 option had quite the sleeper for less $ than the BB SS/RS packages

In any event I am glad GM/Jon Moss badged a B-body Caprice with trim, color, brakes, rear end (gearing), suspension (shocks, F&R sway bar), cooling (dual electric fans), tire (larger/wider, Z rated), instrumentation (analog in 96 and 160 mph speedo, tach). Some of those differences over other B-body models was performance over those models...and yes a much more bas a$$ look IMHO :-)

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