SEARCH BY VEHICLE

Simple Chevy Impala SS Pontiac G8 and GTO K&N Performance Upgrades

       Printer Image
third generation Chevy Impala

The third generation Chevy Impala was the first to be equipped with the Super Sport package and the 1964 Chevy Impala SS is perhaps the most sought after among collectors

Chevrolet introduced the Super Sport (SS) package in 1961 on the full-size Chevy Impala model. In 1961 the SS badging truly represented a performance package with more powerful engine options, upgraded wheels, tires, suspension, and brakes. For 1961 the SS package was available on Impala coupes, sedans, and even station wagons. The legendary Impala SS continued until 1969 with the Impala SS427 signaling the end of Chevrolet’s full-size performance car until 1994.

V8 powered Impala SS models can be improved with the addition of a variety of different K&N  air cleaners

The performance of early V8 powered Impala SS models can be improved with the addition of a variety of different K&N custom air cleaner assemblies designed for stock 2-barrell and 4-barrel carburetors as well as aftermarket 4-barrel carbs

Because of the large number of engine, carburetor and performance packages offered during early Impala SS production, it’s best to use the K&N vehicle search tool to find the specific stock replacement air filter needed. Of course, the performance of any of these V8 powered early Impala SS models can be improved with the addition of a variety of different K&N custom air cleaner assemblies designed for stock 2-barrell and 4-barrel carburetors as well as aftermarket 4-barrel carbs.

K&N air intake system for 1994-1996 Chevy Impala SS 5.7L models

A K&N air intake system for 1994-1996 Chevy Impala SS 5.7L models reduces air intake restriction and on the dyno showed an estimated power gain of nearly 19 horsepower at the rear wheels

Twenty years ago Chevrolet brought back the Impala SS for just three short years. In 1994, 1995, and 1996 a new Chevy Impala SS powered by a 5.7L LT1 V8 engine derived from the Corvette could be purchased. The seventh generation Impala SS had sport tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, and dual exhaust normally only found in the Caprice 9C1 police package. The 5.7L Chevy small block engine and other mechanical upgrades had previously only been available in the B-Body platform, such as the Chevy Caprice, to law enforcement and government agencies.

Performance of 1994, 1995, and 1996 rear wheel drive Impala SS models with a 5.7L engine can be improved by replacing the restrictive disposable air filter with a high-flow K&N air filter 33-2057, or step up to a K&N air intake system. K&N’s 57-3011 air intake system for 1994-1996 Chevy Impala SS 5.7L models reduces air intake restriction and showed an estimated power gain of nearly 19 horsepower at the rear wheels in dyno tests.

Engine Bay Shot of K&N performance air filter for 2006-2009 Chevy Impala SS 5.3L models

The K&N performance air filter for 2006-2009 Chevy Impala SS 5.3L models is designed to improve performance and fit inside the stock air filter box without any modifications

General Motors discontinued its full-size car rear wheel drive platforms following the 1996 model year. When the Impala reemerged in 2000, it did so as a front wheel drive car only available as a sedan. Although a V8 engine was not available in the eighth generation Impala, Chevy did produce an Impala SS powered by a supercharged 3.8L V6 engine capable of producing a reasonable 240 horsepower. 2006 ushered in the ninth generation Chevy Impala, and with it came a new V8 powered Impala SS. It’s noteworthy that the 2006 Impala SS was the first V8 in a front-wheel-drive Chevrolet and the first V8 in a Chevrolet sedan since the 1996 Impala/Caprice. Rated at 303 horsepower, the ninth generation Impala SS is said to be capable of acceleration from 0-60 in 5.6 second.

K&N air intake system for 2006 Chevy Impala SS 5.3L

When installed on an otherwise stock 2006 Chevy Impala SS 5.3L, this K&N air intake system provided an estimated 13.48 more horsepower and an estimated gain of 13.56 lb-ft of torque

2000-2005 Chevy Impala models with a 3.8-liter or 3.4-liter V6 engine can be outfitted with a high-flow K&N air filter 33-2141-1 for improved performance. Impala SS models with a 3.8L engine can also choose to install the 57-3045 K&N short ram intake for an even stronger performance boost.

5.3-liter V8 powered 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Impala SS models can receive similar performance improvements with a high-flow 33-2334 K&N air filter, or a 63-3059 K&N short ram intake. When installed on an otherwise stock 2006 Chevy Impala SS 5.3L, this K&N air intake system provided an estimated 13.48 more horsepower and an estimated gain of 13.56 lb-ft of torque. The 33-2334 K&N air filter will also fit 2006-2011 Chevy Impala SS 3.5L and 3.9L engines.

2004 Pontiac GTO was first powered by a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 capable of 350 horsepower

The 2004 Pontiac GTO was first powered by a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 capable of 350 horsepower, but in 2005 displacement was bumped up to 6.0L and with it came another 50 horsepower

Meanwhile in Australia the GM subsidiary known as GM Holden LTD, was producing a rear wheel drive sedan named the Commodore, and its coupe variant called the Monaro. The former GM North America Chairman fought to import a version of the Monaro following excellent Car and Driver reviews, and complaints that this particular GM car was not available in North America. After much internal debate GM officials agreed to bring the Holden Monaro to the United States and at the same time revive the legendary Pontiac GTO.

The 2004, 2005, and 2006 Pontiac GTO was first powered by a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 capable of 350 horsepower. In 2005 displacement was bumped up to 6.0L and with it came another 50 horsepower. Lukewarm sales resulted in the discontinuation of the Holden Monaro based fourth generation GTO. However, in a time when the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird were absent from GM offerings, it represented the only performance coupe available in the U.S. from General Motors besides the Chevy Corvette.

2005 Pontiac GTO 6.0L can benefit from a K&N filter or K&N air intake

2005 Pontiac GTO 6.0L owners can choose between a high-flow K&N air filter, number 33-2314, or K&N air intake systems, numbers 57-3053 and 69-7201TP

K&N offers performance upgrades for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Pontiac GTO with either the 5.7L or 6.0L V8 engine, in the form of a high-flow K&N air filter, or a K&N short ram intake system. 2004 GTO 5.7L models can upgrade to the 33-2289 K&N air filter, or choose between two K&N air intakes. Part number 57-3044 comes with a black rotomolded air intake tube, and part number 69-7200TP uses a mirror-like aluminum air intake tube instead.

2005 Pontiac GTO 6.0L owners can install the 33-2314 K&N air filter, or choose from two K&N air intake systems. The 57-3053 and 69-7201TP systems are both engineered to fit the 2005 GTO 6.0L engine. The 57-3053 intake features a high-density polyethylene intake tube, while the 69-7201TP intake features a polished aluminum intake tube.

2006 Pontiac GTO 6.0L models are also compatible with the 33-2314 air filter, as well as the K&N 63-3053 short ram intake. The 63-3053 showed an estimated gain of 13.96 horsepower on an otherwise stock vehicle during dyno tests.

Pontiac was back at it again in 2008 with the Holden Commodore called the Pontiac G8

Not too discouraged by the discontinuation of the fourth generation Pontiac GTO, Pontiac was back at it again in 2008 with a rebadged Holden Commodore they called the Pontiac G8

Not too discouraged by the discontinuation of the fourth gen GTO, Pontiac was back at it again in 2008 with another rebadged Holden. This time however, Pontiac targeted the performance sedan market with a Holden Commodore based car known in North America as the Pontiac G8. The G8 was Pontiac’s first rear-wheel-drive full-size sedan since 1986. The G8 had an optional 6.0L V8, and in 2009 a GXP version of the G8 was offered with a 415 horsepower 6.2L LS3 V8 engine. Sadly, a down turn in the global economy hurt sales of the G8 and as part of the GM bail-out, came the discontinuation of the Pontiac make as a whole.

K&N 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8 6.0L models air intake system

2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8 6.0L models have the option of a K&N air intake system, number 63-3071, shown to make an estimated additional 11.88 more horsepower when tested on the dyno

3.6L and 6.0L powered 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8 and G8 GXP sedans, as well as 2009 models with a 6.2L engine, can receive improved performance with a 33-2919 K&N performance air filter.

2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8 6.0L models have the option of a 63-3071 K&N air intake system shown to make an estimated additional 11 more horsepower when tested on the dyno. This intake is also compatible with 2014, 2015, and 2016 Chevrolet SS models with a 6.2L engine.

The Holden VF Commodore, known as the Chevrolet SS in the U.S.

The Holden VF Commodore, sold as the Chevrolet SS in the U.S., continues the full-size performance car legacy after the demise of the Chevy Impala SS, Pontiac G8, and Pontiac GTO

As the health of General Motors recovered, so has interest in performance rear wheel drive cars. The Chevy Camaro made a triumphant return in 2010 and for 2014 Chevrolet introduced the SS model. Slotted in size between the Chevy Malibu and Chevy Impala, the Holden VF Commodore based Chevrolet SS is the first rear-wheel drive Chevy sedan since 1996. The SS is powered by a 6.2L V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette and the 2009 Pontiac G8. The 2015 model year Chevrolet SS can now be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission for full control of all 415 ponies, and comes standard with magnetic ride control.

The similarity between the outgoing Pontiac G8, and the new Chevrolet SS means that the same washable and reusable K&N performance air filter designed for the G8 will also fit the 2014 Chevrolet SS. As with the K&N air filter, the K&N short ram intake system first tested on a 2008 Pontiac G8 will also provide a guaranteed increase in horsepower for the 2014 Chevrolet SS. When K&N air intake 63-3071 was tested on a 2014 Chevrolet SS 6.2L the car saw an estimated increase of over 10 horsepower, and almost 9 lb-ft of torque. A K&N short ram intake system provides one of the best performance bangs for the buck, and can usually be installed using basic hand tools in around 90 minutes.

The performance car market segment is full of sports coupes, small, and even mid-size cars from U.S., European, and Japanese automobile manufacturers. While a BMW 5-Series, or Chevy Corvette offer incredible performance, they might not suit everyone’s taste. There is something about driving a full-size V8 powered car that can’t be explained, it just needs to be felt. For those enthusiasts out there that prefer a big-body sedan, K&N has your performance parts and performance upgrades covered.

Pontiac G8 and the new Chevrolet SS use the same washable K&N performance air filter

The similarity between the outgoing Pontiac G8, and the new Chevrolet SS means that the same washable K&N performance air filter designed for the G8 will fit the 2014 Chevrolet SS

2015 model year Chevrolet SS

The 2015 model year Chevrolet SS can now be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission for full control of all 415 ponies, and comes standard with magnetic ride control


K&N PRODUCT SEARCH     WHERE TO BUY K&N


Horizontal Advertisement


Did you like this story? Select 1 to 5 stars to rate it.

K&N Engineering in Riverside California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit knfilters.com.