Monte Carlo SS

[ad#Google Adsense]What makes a Monte Carlo an SS?  The Super Sport badge is not bestowed on all of our beloved and often buxom Monte’s.  The SS badge means more, means there is meat, means that the boat coming down the road is quite possibly a sleeper ready to put your sorry ride to bed.

The Monte Carlo SS has meant a few different things over the years, but the latest generation has meant the least.  In the first generation of the Monte Carlo there were 4 different engine configurations available.  The SS option gave the Monte it’s biggest engine available, the merciless 454 cubic inch.  That option alone netted the Monte Carlo with over 360 horsepower, arguably much needed power considering how big the beast was.

1970 Monte Carlo SS

1970 Monte Carlo SS

Only 3 short years later the Monte Carlo was on to it’s 2nd Generation modeling.  The 454 lived on, but lacked the SS badge of the previous generation Monte.  1977 was the last year of the 2nd Generation Monte Carlo and so died the massive 454, only to have a 305 the largest engine available for the 3rd Generation Monte Carlo.

The 3rd generation Monte Carlo was kind of a ho hum period.  However, it’s what was needed to start a refocusing on performance and what could potentially be the greatest Monte Carlo SS generation ever, the 4th.  The 4th Generation Monte Carlo lasted all the way until 1988 and signaled a hiatus for the Monte.

1987 Monte Carlo SS

1987 Monte Carlo SS

The 4th generation Monte Carlo SS had a lot of distinguishing characteristics, to separate it from it’s non SS badge wearing brethren.  Although some ques required a trained eye, lettering like SS on the door hinted at what may be lurking under the hood.  Other suttle differences of the Monte Carlo Ss were bullet style mirrors, different rear bumper, and some paint styles that were only available on the SS models.

4th Generation Monte’s were in my opinion the last true to form meaty car offered, at least in optional gear.  The 5th generation Monte Carlo’s were resurected as some sort of sedan, Lincoln, small car combo.  They didn’t look sporty at all and if you glanced at them just right it looked like a 4-door Ford Taurus.  Hello!  The biggest power offerings in the 5th Generation Monte Carlo was a measely 215 horsepower from a V6 DOHC power plant.

1997 Monte Carlo

1997 Monte Carlo

Finally 2000 rolled around and the Monte Carlo was starting to look more sporty and less like a chopped top mini van.  The SS was offered again and was packing a pretty hefty punch.  How about a 5.7 litre V8 with over 300 horsepower?  It’s enough to get your attention, but not enough to hang onto Chevy’s assembly line.  The Monte Carlo and Monte Carlo SS was abandoned in 2007 and as of this posting the future is uncertain.

2007 Monte Carlo SS

2007 Monte Carlo SS

My guess is that Chevrolet is more concerned with reviving the Camaro SS and won’t be bringing the Monte Carlo back any time soon.  Although with the Ford Mustang having a retro throwback, depending on how the Camaro stacks up Chevy might decide that the automotive market needs just one more power grabber on the market and label it the Monte Carlo SS.

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Author: Christopher

I've been an auto enthusiast since birth. I'm a grease monkey at heart and love learning to work on anything automotive. You'll often find me hiding in the garage, attending car shows, and reading about the latest and greatest online.

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11 Comments

  1. You stupid son of a b***h. The later 4th gen. also came out with the 3.8L supercharged. Get your facts right.

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  2. Such kind words Bob, thanks for showing me the light you fucking dick hole.

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  3. Wow bob, calm down just a tad. Seems like a small omission to get all worked up about. Settle….Settle..

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  4. I’ll bet the 2004-05 supercharged with minor mods and the 2006-07 ls4’s stock will destroy any stock 454 ss monte

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  5. My 2004 Cobras starter motor has more torque than any MC ever produced….Plus on a quite night, out in the country…..you can here a Monte Carlo Rust

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  6. Mustangs suck soo bad. I have an 04 trailblazer ls that kills cobra. Pretty much stock too. Just an air intake.

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  7. i have a buick regal gs with a 3.8l supercharged v6 that will smoke all of ya

    .dule cold air intake.K&N high flow
    .full 3inch flowmaster true duel ex-oust
    .3 inch supercharger pulley
    .ac compressor deleted
    .bigger water pump pulley
    .bigger alternater pulley

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    • I have an 87monty SS 350/330 hp 400turbo trans T tops 2 half inch exaust true duels silver very nice car not a500$ car like some asshole said on here make offer

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  8. Wow sounds like Bob is a know it all fucking egotistical pompous asshole. Fuck off Bob…

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  9. Jeanell Driving The Monte-Carlo / Barefoot / W Red Toenail Polish / Footwell Shots OnlyJeanell is driving the Monte-Carlo she has red toianel polish on her feet through out the video its only footwell shots. I’m not sure I think Scarlet is shooting this video. Who ever is shooting this clip is getting great video of Jeanell’s feet as she works the pedals, the Monte-Carlo behaves itself through the video.At lest one time wile Jeanell is waiting for the traffic light to change she puts the gear-shift in neutral with her left foot on the brake pedal she revs the engine with her right foot.The Monte-Carlo has been known to stall-out when stopped at either at a stop sign or when the Monte-Carlo was about to turn into traffic from a parking lot like what happen to Kimberly Heart. At least one time Jeanell tries to go fast she gets the rpms up there really good.As the PTP copyright logo pops up on the screen Jeanell’s sexy barefeet are working the pedals. The End.Jeanell you did a great driving video in the Monte-Carlo your feet look sexy with that red toianel polish on. Scarlet your camera work is great good work all!!!!

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