Monday, May 16, 2011

2012 Chevrolet Impala
Meet the 160 MPH Insurance Adjuster

Chevrolet's Impala still sells well even though the parent company has been stingy with the updates. With a redesign put off until the 2014 model year in 2013, Chevrolet has announced that all 2012 Chevrolet Impalas, from the base rental version on up, will receive a 302 horsepower V-6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. That's just one horsepower short of what the recently-departed Impala SS delivered with a 5.3 liter V-8. If my mental calculations are anything close to being accurate, that would give the 2012 Impala a top speed of somewhere around 160 miles per hour (assuming the tires and the electronic governor allow), with a 0-60 of about 6 seconds. That's a seriously quick driver's ed mobile. The horsepower figures announced by Chevy suggest that the Impala's new engine will be a direct-injected version of the 3.6 liter V-6 used in the Chevrolet Camaro. Since the Impala will likely be slightly lighter than the Camaro and a tad more aerodynamic, despite its power influx, the new Impala has a chance at hitting 30 MPG highway. (The Camaro is rated at 28.) You'll know your insurance adjuster was driving an Impala if you ask her if she had any trouble getting to your house, and she replies: "well, it was pushing just a little bit in turn two. . . ." (This post dedicated to my sister, the insurance adjuster.)

For our marginally relevant video of the day, some Impala History.

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