The GM Performance Division has been working hard over
the past few years to develop high-performance models just
barely fit for legal road driving. Chevrolet has benefited
from this zeal, offering such high-powered models as the
new 2004 Impala SS and the 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Supercharged
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Supercharged SS is definitely
the big news for Chevy's midsize coupe. It has a revved-up
engine, performance equipment and a style that begs to be
noticed. Inspired by the NASCAR Winston Cup Monte Carlo
racer, the new Supercharged SS blurs the line between racetrack
and street track.
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is available in three models:
LS, SS and the aforementioned Supercharged SS model.
The two-door, five-passenger 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
has as much as 7 more cubic feet of interior room than any
non-GM competitor in its class. Though it has a sports car
design and an attitude to match, it cannot hide the functional
side of its nature.
All Monte Carlo models feature an advanced climate control
system with individual driver and front passenger temperature
settings. A standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat makes
Monte Carlo's 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space easily accessible.
The Supercharged SS features an interior with a six-gauge
cluster with boost gauge, full door-width kick plates featuring
the Monte Carlo nameplate and "Supercharged SS"
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Supercharged SS can't help
but distinguish itself on the outside as well. In addition
to color-keyed bodyside moldings, full-perimeter ground
effects and integrated fog lamps, it also has a race-inspired
spoiler and dual bright stainless-steel exhaust tips.
LS models receive a 3.4-liter V6 engine with 180 horsepower
and 205 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the SS model gets
you a 3.8-liter Series II V6 with 200 horsepower and 225
lb-ft of torque. 4-speed automatic is the transmission of
choice for all 2004 Monte Carlos.
The Supercharged SS has a 3.8-liter supercharged Series
II V6 engine that pumps out 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft
The Supercharged SS has suspension and chassis enhancements
to mirror the feel of a racecar. The spring rates are stiffened
in both the front and the rear, and the rear ride height
is lowered by 10 mm. This combination helps reduce body
roll in cornering and improves handling.
Safety and Security
The 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo also shares a racecar's attention
to safety. Available safety equipment, depending on model,
includes antilock disc brakes, a side airbag, the OnStar
system, a tire-inflation monitoring system, a passive theft-deterrent
system and remote keyless entry.