Should Chevrolet Produce an Impala SS?

Now that the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is out in the open, it’s time to bring on the speculation surrounding GM’s new full-size sedan. It’s only been a few weeks since its official debut, but that isn’t stopping rumors about an Impala SS from arising.

These renderings provide a glimpse of what a Chevy Impala SS might look like. As we learned at the 2012 New York auto show, the front-drive 2014 Impala will offer three engine choices that include two four bangers and a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. General Motors appears to be shying away from front-drive V-8 vehicles, so an Impala SS could get a turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V-6.

The Ford Taurus SHO, using the automaker’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 rated at 365 hp and 350 lb-ft, would be an obvious Impala SS competitor. The SHO, however, is equipped with all-wheel drive, which might give it a handling advantage over an Impala SS unless all-wheel drive was added.

Aside from the enticing Impala SS badging, we don’t see much appeal for a super Impala. If Chevy wants to produce a sportier front-drive sedan, the Malibu would be a more logical choice for SS goodies. With the possibility of a Malibu SS and Caprice-based Super Sport model, we’re not sure how much room there is for an Impala SS in the U.S. Chevy lineup.

With that said, does the Chevy Impala SS sound like a good idea to you? Sound off below.

Chevy Impala SS renderings by Scott Olsen

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