With its typical oversized American sedan proportions, standard 5.7L LT1 V8, the seventh-generation Chevy Impala SS is the type of vehicle that only Detroit could have concocted. That’s why we were surprised to learn that a popular automotive YouTuber based out of Germany had managed to track down one of these seldom-seen Chevys in Europe to film a video at the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
The YouTuber in question, Misha Charoudin, is well-known among internet car circles for his interesting and entertaining videos, which usually entail taking sports and supercars out for hot laps on the 12.9-mile Nordschleife. Charoudin’s friend from Russia paid him a visit in his Chevy Impala SS last year, so naturally, the pair decided to take the big American four-door out on the daunting 27-turn German circuit to see how it’d fare.
As expected, Charoudin is impressed by the power on offer from the 5.7L LT1 V8 in the Chevy Impala SS, but found the suspension to be a bit soft and floaty for the Nurburgring. The flat-bottomed leather seats also meant Charoudin and his passenger were sliding back and forth throughout the lap, with the pair jokingly suggesting they install some racing buckets in the car next time. The braking performance also leaves something to be desired, but even modern-day sports cars with high performance braking systems can struggle with brake fade on this hugely demanding track.
Obviously, the Chevy Impala SS was never meant to be driven hard on a complex and technical race track such as this, but it’s rather funny to see Charoudin and his Russian comrade try it anyways. Check out the video embedded below to see this heavy Chevy like you’ve never seen it before.