1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS with distinctive "SS" badge on the grille in place of the "bowtie"

Chevelle logo

Super Sport, or SS, is the signature performance option package offered by Chevrolet, a United States Auto Maker, on a limited number of its vehicles. All SS models come with distinctive "SS" markings on their exterior. The package was first made available for the 1961 Impala.[1] Some of the other models bearing the SS badge include the Camaro, Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, and Nova. Current SS models are produced by the GM Performance Division.



[edit] History

Chevelle SS 396

SS 396 logo

In 1961, the SS "kit" was offered on any Impala for just $53.80. The package included Super Sport trim for both the interior and exterior, chassis reinforcements, stronger springs and shocks, power brakes, spinner wheel covers and narrow-band whitewall tires. The car's dashboard received a Corvette style passenger hand bar and a steering column mounted 7000-rpm tachometer. Chevrolet built 491,000 Impalas that year and 453 had the SS package, of which 311 received the 348-cid and 142 received the [4]

Until the Impala SS was brought back in 1994, the Super Sport package was only available on two-door passenger cars. Since then, however, the SS package has been used on a variety of GM vehicles, including front wheel drive cars.

Both historically and today, the Super Sport package has typically included high-performance tires, heavy-duty suspension, and increased power, along with a variety of other performance and appearance upgrades.

[edit] SS models

[edit] Current SS models

  • V8 producing 426 hp (318 kW)

[edit] Previous SS models

[edit] Cars

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

[edit] Trucks

[edit] South African market

For a short period of time in the early 1970s, a Holden Monaro–based "Chevrolet SS" model, similar in design, size and drivetrain to a Nova SS, was available in South Africa. Unlike the Nova, it was built as a hardtop, without fixed #2 or B-pillars or frames around the door glass.

[edit] Brazilian market


250-S engine from Opala SS

  • I6 producing 150 hp (112 kW) 1974–1980
  • I6 producing 171 hp (128 kW) 1974–1980
  • I4 producing 98 hp (73 kW) 1974–1980

New Era:

  • I4 producing 130 hp (97 kW) 2006
  • I4 producing 115 hp (86 kW) 2006
  • I4 producing 115 hp (86 kW) 2006

[edit] Concept car

Chevrolet SS concept (front) at the 2004 Los Angeles Auto Show

In 2003, Chevrolet released a sports car with a modern 430 hp small-block V8 engine and race-tuned suspension, it was billed as "a modern interpretation of Chevrolet's Super Sport heritage". Though never intended for production, the vehicle was used as a show car and to hint at what was ahead for Chevrolet sports car design.

[edit] Collectors market

It is usually easy to visually differentiate an SS from a "plain-Jane" model. However, it is more difficult to tell the difference between a genuine SS and a "clone", a non-SS vehicle that has been altered to look like an SS. Because of the number of SS clones in the marketplace, potential buyers are advised to do their research and contact their local car clubs for help to ensure that the vehicle is a true SS by running the VIN codes and casting numbers on the engine.

[edit] References

  1. ^ http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/chevrolet-impala/chevrolet-impala-history-1.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.holden.com.au/vehicles/Commodore/SS
  3. ^ http://www.holden.com.au/vehicles/Ute/SS
  4. ^ http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1961-chevrolet-impala-ss-409.htm

[edit] External links

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