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The Chevrolet Impala SS is among the best sleeper sedans that America has ever produced. While the Impala SS and other comparable V8-powered sleepers might not hold up against a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, these cars are used V8 sleeper sedan bargains. Check out the Impala SS, Mercury Marauder, and other low-profile lunatics other than the Dodge Charger. 

  • Chevrolet Impala SS
  • Mercury Marauder
  • Chevy SS
  • Dodge Magnum

Is an Impala SS a V8?

The Chevrolet Impala SS is a V8-toting sleeper sedan in any of its modern interpretations. The 1994, 1995, and 1996 models pack a 5.7L LT1 V8 with 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the Caprice successor is a top-notch sleeper sedan. 

However, the mid-1990s Chevrolet Impala isn’t the only V8-powered Impala SS from the last few decades. Chevrolet also made a 2006-2009 version with a 303-horsepower 5.3L V8 and front-wheel drive (FWD). That car epitomized sleeper. In fact, a V8-powered Chevrolet Impala from the model’s ninth generation was a getaway car in the 2011 Ryan Gosling film Drive. Better yet, potential owners should be able to find one for around $12,000 with average mileage. 

Does the Impala SS come supercharged?

Unfortunately for fans who wanted a supercharged V8 Chevrolet Impala SS, the mid-1990s and late-2000s versions were naturally aspirated. However, Autotrader says the 2004 and 2005 Chevy Impala SS packed a supercharged V6.

This Chevrolet Impala SS is the last year of the sleeper sedan's run.
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS | General Motors

Of course, either of the V8-packing modern interpretations would respond well to forced induction. It boils down to whether you want a newer FWD application or an older Caprice-esque RWD version. 

What is so special about a Mercury Marauder?

The Mercury Marauder exploded out of retirement in 2003 for two model years after a 33-year hiatus. However, even with the Marauder’s sober sleeper appearance, the Mercury model made 302 horsepower from a 4.6L V8. 

This 2003 Mercury Marauder used a concealed V8 to be one of the finest sleepers ever, just like the Impala SS.
2003 Mercury Marauder | Ford

Moreover, the Marauder, like the Impala SS, would wake up well with the application of boost. According to Car and Driver, a Mercury Marauder would produce around 345 to 355 horsepower with four or five pounds of boost. Also, fans should be able to find one for about $10,000, but that price will rise as mileage decreases and condition improves. 

Is a Chevy SS a V8?

The Chevy SS is the latest V8-powered sleeper from the bow tie, and it produced a tire-shredding 415 horsepower courtesy of a 6.2L V8. The SS is a subtle spiritual success for the Chevrolet Impala SS and its thunderous V8. 

Unfortunately, the SS didn’t last long; it ran from 2014 to 2017. However, determined sleeper shoppers can still snag one on the used car market. For instance, KBB says the 2014 Chevy SS has a fair value of around $25,942 with average mileage. 

Is a Magnum engine a Hemi?

The short-lived Dodge Magnum SRT8 packs a 6.1L Hemi V8 engine that produces 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the Magnum SRT8 only ran for about three model years until Dodge discontinued it in 2008. 

The Dodge Magnum had two V8 trims: the R/T with a 5.7L V8 and a blacktop-scorching SRT8. Moreover, even though the Magnum isn’t a sedan like the Charger, the Mopar wagon is definitely a sleeper. 


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