March 25, 2004
Chevrolet unveils Impala Indy SS
Indianapolis, Indiana – Chevrolet is introducing a 2004 Impala Indy SS to commemorate its long relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
The limited edition model will have a production run of 4088 units and is currently being offered through select Chevrolet dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.
The Indy SS package is based on the new-for-2004 Impala SS sedan. At its heart is GM’s 3800 Series II supercharged V-6, delivering 240 horsepower at 5200 rpm and an impressive 280 lb.ft. of torque at 3600 rpm. The torque curve is consistently high over a broad operating range, providing instant off-the-line acceleration and ample power for highway merging and passing.
Unique to the Impala Indy SS are 17-inch chrome diamond-cut aluminum wheels, monotone cross-lace grille with “gold” Chevy bowtie emblem and a rear spoiler. Indy’s famous “winged wheel” logo is found on the front fenders and instrument panel, as well as embroidered into the front seat head restraints and floor mats. Like the standard Impala SS, the Indy SS is available only in a monochromatic black exterior, complimented with grey leather seating surfaces inside.
Chevrolet has a rich heritage in racing that extends back to company co-founder and namesake Louis Chevrolet, a gifted engineer and talented race car driver who competed in the Indy 500 four times. More recently, Chevy Indy V8 engines have won 103 open-wheel races, including seven Indianapolis 500 victories. Chevrolet vehicles have also paced all ten and won five of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR races to date.
Expanding Chevrolet’s relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year is the announcement that a 2004 Corvette will serve as the official pace car of this year’s Indianapolis 500 on May 30. This marks the third consecutive year and 15th time overall that a Chevrolet product has served as the official pace vehicle – the most appearances by any brand in the history of race.