The 1962 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport was an appearance package variant of the Chevrolet Impala that featured a distinct turned aluminum trim pattern and one of four available V8 engines. Buyers could outfit their Impalas with engines producing between 250 and 409 horsepower. While the Impala was available as a two- and four-door vehicle, only the hardtop coupe and two-door convertible were eligible for the SS package in 1962.
The Super Sport badge is often thought to indicate a particularly high-performance variant of a particular Chevrolet vehicle by many fans of the brand, but the SS package was almost entirely a cosmetic set of modifications until the mid-1960s. While it was possible to purchase a 1962 Impala SS with the 409-cubic-inch engine that was the most powerful then offered by Chevrolet, it was equally possible to obtain an SS with a relatively sedate engine. However, all SS models had at least a 250-horsepower 327 V8 engine rather than the base inline-6 engine from the Impala Hi-Thrift that produced only 135 horsepower.
Impala SS models were offered with a choice of three-speed or four-speed close-ratio manual transmissions or the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. The three-speed automatic had the best 0 to 60 mph performance of the three, allowing an Impala SS with the 409 engine to reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.