Super Sport, or SS, is the signature performance option package offered by Chevrolet 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. 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.
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 409 cid. Since 1994, 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.
Current SS models
- Chevrolet Camaro: 6.2 L (380 cu in) LS3 V8 producing 426 hp (318 kW)
- Chevrolet SS: The 2014 SS is a full-size performance sedan based on the Australian VF Commodore. The SS is powered by the 6.2L LS3 V8 producing 415hp.
Previous SS models
- Chevrolet Caprice: 6.0 L (370 cu in) L98 V8 producing 360 hp (268 kW) (Middle East market) 2000s
- Chevrolet Cobalt: 2.0 L (120 cu in) turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 producing 260 hp (194 kW) 2008 - 2010 (4 door, 2009 only)
- Chevrolet Cobalt: 2.0 L (120 cu in) supercharged Ecotec LSJ I4 producing 205 hp (153 kW) 2005–2007
- Chevrolet Cobalt: 2.4 L (150 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 producing 171 hp (128 kW)
- Chevrolet HHR: 2.0 L (120 cu in) turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 producing 260 hp (194 kW) 2008–2010
- Chevrolet Impala 1961–1969, 1994–1996, 2004–2009
- Chevrolet Malibu/Malibu Maxx 2006–2007
- Chevrolet Chevelle 1964–1973
- Chevrolet Camaro 1967–1971, 1996–2002
- Chevrolet El Camino 1968–1987
- Chevrolet Nova 1963–1976 (also known as Chevy II)
- Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1970–1971, 1983–1988, 2000–2007
- Chevrolet 454 SS 1990–1993
- Chevrolet S10 SS 1994–1998
- Chevrolet SSR: 6.0 L (370 cu in) LS2 V8
- Chevrolet Silverado SS
- Chevrolet Silverado Intimidator SS
- Chevrolet TrailBlazer: 6.0 L (370 cu in) LS2 V8 2006–2009
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.
- Chevrolet Opala: 4.1 L (250 cu in) 250 I6 producing 150 hp (112 kW) 1971–1974
- Chevrolet Opala: 4.1 L (250 cu in) 250-S I6 producing 171 hp (128 kW) 1974–1980
- Chevrolet Opala 2.5 L (150 cu in) 151-S I4 producing 98 hp (73 kW) 1974–1980
- Chevrolet Astra 2.0 L (120 cu in) I4 producing 130 hp (97 kW) 2006
- Chevrolet Corsa 1.8 L (110 cu in) I4 producing 115 hp (86 kW) 2006
- Chevrolet Meriva 1.8 L (110 cu in) I4 producing 115 hp (86 kW) 2006
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 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. Other non-SS vehicles altered to appear like them only use trim panels rather than aftermarket mechanical parts.