Super Sport, or SS, is an option package offered by Chevrolet on many of its vehicle lines since 1961. Some of the better-known models to bear the SS badge include the Camaro, Chevelle, El Camino, Impala, and Nova. Originally introduced in 1961 as an appearance package for the Impala, it became a high-performance package in 1966.
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 pickup trucks, four-door sedans, and 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. All SS models have come with "SS" markings.
Newer SS models are the Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Chevrolet HHR SS, Chevrolet Impala SS, Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, and the Silverado SS, along with the Trailblazer SS. Current North American-market SS models are tuned by GM Performance Division. The Impala SS is slated to replace the Monte Carlo SS in NASCAR racing, as the latter is being put on hiatus.
Current SS models
- Chevrolet Cobalt — 2.0 L (≈122 cu in) turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 producing 260 hp (194 kW)
- Chevrolet HHR - 2.0 L (≈122 cu in) turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 producing 260 hp (194 kW)
- Chevrolet Camaro - 6.2 L (≈378 cu in) LS3 V8
- Chevrolet Impala — 5.3 L (≈323 cu in) LS4 V8
- Chevrolet TrailBlazer — 6.0 L (≈366 cu in) LS2 V8
- Chevrolet Caprice — 6.0 L (≈366 cu in) L98 V8 producing 360 hp (268 kW) (Middle East market)
- Chevrolet Lumina — 6.0 L (≈366 cu in) L98 V8 producing 360 hp (268 kW) (Middle East market)
- Chevrolet Astra South America market
- Chevrolet Meriva South America market - Brazil
Previous SS models
- Chevrolet Cobalt — 2.0 L (≈122 cu in) supercharged Ecotec LSJ I4 producing 205 hp (153 kW) 2005-2007
- Chevrolet Cobalt — 2.4 L (≈146 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 producing 175 hp (130 kW)
- Chevrolet Impala 1961-1969, 1994-1996, 2004-2005
- Chevrolet Chevelle 1964-1973
- Chevrolet Camaro 1967-2002
- Chevrolet El Camino 1968-1987
- Chevrolet Nova 1963-1976 (Also known as Chevy II)
- Acadian Canadian market Nova (not branded as a Chevrolet or Pontiac; similar to Beaumont line)
- Chevrolet 454 SS 1990-1993
- Chevrolet S10 1994-1998
- Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1970-1971, 1983-1988, 2000-2007
- Chevrolet SSR — 6.0 L (≈366 cu in) LS2 V8
- Chevrolet Silverado SS
- Chevrolet Silverado Intimidator SS
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.
In 2003, Chevrolet released a concept car they named the SS. A rear wheel drive 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. It could possibly become a future version of the Corvette.
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.