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#130 of 3634 2006 Impala/bh628
Jan 17, 2005 (6:36 am)
Bob Lutz is the Vice Chairman of GM, but he is in the spotlight all the time....he is the current architect of the new models, he's 72 years old some like him/some hate him.....he's not afraid to speak his mind...worked with many auto companies in the past. The LTZ model is being dubbed the LuTZ model after LUTZ....however the LTZ moniker was used on the Chevrolet Caprice Classic I believe 1993-1996. I could be wrong on a the exact years. It was the top of the line Caprice....wasn't a big hit because the Caprice was winding down at that time...and ended production at the end of the 96 model year...I find using these letter designations confusing.....previously the Impala LS was the top of the line, now its the base model....why do they need four models including the LT?..and as I said the LTZ used to represent the Caprice Classic......they have sort of gone off track to those that follow the Impala designations, but I am sure it will do ok!
Jan 17, 2005 (8:42 am)
There was also a Lumina LTZ, and I think TrailBlazer LTZ. It's the "high-end" non-sporty model (that ends up as SS.
Lots of past Chevys have been LS, LT, LTZ, and SS...
#132 of 3634 2006 Impala/hammen2
Jan 17, 2005 (10:50 am)
.......Never paid much attention to the Lumina over the years, but you are right about the Lumina LTZ.....I was mostly referring to the full size chevy letter designations.....there has never been an LT or LTZ Impala and SS has been coming and going since 61'....there is a lot of division with people regarding the Impala SS...the older school believes SS should be rear wheel drive and the younger set are happy with front wheel drive, and for the first 9 years an SS Impala was only available as a two door hardtop or convertible and could have been ordered with the smallest 6 cylinder engine or the largest V8 that Chevy offered......a lot of things have changed!
Jan 17, 2005 (11:13 am)
There is info about the new OHV engines on media.gm.com under the press release for the Impala and Monte Carlo. Look for the tab that says powertrain on your left when you get to the press release.
Since people are talking about OHV engines being winded at high RPMs I think it's worth noting that the Impala's V6 engines redline at 6400 rpm which is higher than some DOHC engines. GM's OHV V8s in the trucks redline at 6000 rpm which is higher than Ford and Toyota OHC V8s if I'm not mistaken. If there's an OHV engine out thre that doesnt have any top end power it's probably the HEMO which redlines at a meager 5400rpm. Honda/Acura are typically the ones making fours and sixes with very high redlines and tons of top end power. Most Nissan/Toyota/European products have rather tame redlines.
#134 of 3634 Re: 
Jan 17, 2005 (11:57 am)
The redline tells nothing about usable power (HP) near that mark. Just because an engine CAN rev high, doesnt mean it necessarily should if theres more noise and vibration than thrust up there.
#135 of 3634 2006 Police Impala
Jan 19, 2005 (8:47 am)
I would believe that the 2006 Police Impala will have the 3.9 engine package with the 240 hp engine. I don't know if the V8 will be an option for the police, cash strapped departments today would not be interested in replacing expensive 18" tires and paying 50 cents a gallon more for 91 octane gas.......it will be interesting to see what will be available to the police.....The Police Impala has not had great success in selling their smaller front wheel drive cars to the police, The Crown Vic still outsells the Impala about 5-1.........
#136 of 3634 Re: 2006 Police Impala [charts2]
Jan 21, 2005 (12:46 pm)
I think you're right. It's getting the 3.9 motor. My son-in-law's a cop and said his department gets great deals on Crown Vics. They also looked at the SS Impala, but it was too expensive. Car dealers aren't willing to discount them, even for police departments. Besides, I read where its supercharger would eventually burn up due to the constant demands for performance that cops need. The car would also have to be equipped with cop shocks and a cop suspension. I'm beginning to sound like Elwood Blues.
#137 of 3634 Re: [alpha01]
Jan 22, 2005 (11:09 am)
Most engines with high redlines have high power peaks. You can check it out for yourself. Most time the hp peak on a DOHC engine is within 500rpm of the redline, but sometimes it is even closer to that. Honda engiens are famous for having high redlines and little low end power. How many times have you read about a small engined Honda that feels dead below 3000 or 4000rpm?
Jan 22, 2005 (5:19 pm)
It looks to me like some kind of a Taurus. Regardless of all the typical hype, DTS, Impala, etc are just makeovers. I doubt if the average Impala owner knows or cares whether he has a V8 or just the 3800.
#139 of 3634 Re: Pics [dispencer1]
Jan 24, 2005 (5:22 pm)
Noticed there was no rear spoiler on the SS?