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NEW CHEVY SHOW CAR CREATES A STIR

 CHICAGO, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Impala SS," a swarthy mystery car derived from the Chevrolet Caprice -- and sporting a version of the Corvette LT1 engine -- will be shown to the public for the first time in the Midwest at the Chicago Auto Show.
 Chevrolet is testing public reaction to the car.
 Since it was shown at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) convention in Las Vegas and at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Chevrolet has been deluged by inquiries and questions from auto writers and aftermarket manufacturers about the company's plans for it.
 "People want to know if we actually plan to produce and sell the Impala," said Jim Perkins, Chevy's general manager. "Based on the reaction we're getting, we now are seriously considering its potential."
 The Impala SS is actually a Caprice LTZ underneath, a sporty version of the Caprice that utilizes the drivetrain and suspension from the car's police equipment package. The LTZ was honored as Motor Trend's Car of the Year when it debuted in 1991.
 Jon Moss, Chevrolet's specialty vehicle guru, said turning a regular Caprice sedan into a saleable version of the Impala SS wouldn't be all that difficult. "Most of the equipment that's on the car is already available on the Caprice," Moss said. "The special appearance items would be easy to add -- and the package wouldn't have to cost an arm and a leg."
 The one-of-a-kind Impala SS is outfitted with a version of the much- heralded 300-HP LT1 Corvette engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission -- a powertrain combination similar to the one already available with the Caprice LTZ. Using that as a base, Moss and John Cafaro, GM Design Staff, proceeded to create a new grille, deck lid spoiler and monochromatic paint scheme for the car. They also created some small inserts that change the appearance of the rear quarter windows.
 To give the Impala SS a more aggressive look, Moss and Cafaro added 17-inch aluminum wheels, P275 Goodyear GS-C radial tires.
 To enhance the appearance of the car's interior, Moss and Cafaro used some bucket seat tracks available in the Caprice police package. They used two production driver's seats with soft gray leather, and created a console between the front buckets. Satin black paint replaced all wood grain on the instrument panel and door trim. The digital speedometer is the same one used in the LTZ and police car equipment packages.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Hoxie of Chevrolet, 313-492-8836/
 (GM)


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