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The 2006-2009 Chevy Impala SS Is the Lesser-Known Impala SS

The Chevrolet Impala SS has always been a performance car icon — from desirable versions made in the 1960s all the way up to the special, standout model built from 1994 to 1996, the Impala SS has been turning heads for decades. Except there’s one Impala SS that doesn’t get much credit.

That would be the 2006-2009 Impala SS, and it’s very much the “forgotten” version of this car. It was sold for only four years, it was front-wheel drive, and many Chevy enthusiasts have no idea it even exists.

The basic situation is this: after the 1994-1996 Impala SS, Chevy took the car front-wheel drive. The original FWD Impala, sold from 2000 to 2005, offered a rare SS model only in the 2004 and 2005 model years, it touted a supercharged V6. That Impala is special, and rare, and mostly unknown in its own right — but then we have the 2006-2009 model.

The Impala was redesigned for the 2006 model year with a more modern look, and this time Chevy decided that the SS version should get back its V8 — just like the good ol’ days. Of course, this was an unusual situation, as the car wasn’t really designed for a V8, and it was FWD — but Chevy did it anyway, and Chevy offered the car with a 5.3-liter V8 that touted 303 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque — strong numbers, especially for a family sedan.

The SS version wasn’t particularly popular, however, and it didn’t last long. Chevy axed it after the 2009 model year and it hasn’t been seen since. These days, Impala SS models from this era can easily be found for under $10,000, though they’re getting increasingly more difficult to find at all. Find a Chevrolet Impala for sale

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  1. I have to imagine that if you look up “torque steer” in the dictionary, it’s just a picture of this car…

  2. I had an Black 07 SS.  Great motor, unfortunately the 4 speed auto just wasn’t up to the task.  I had to have it rebuilt. 

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