ABOUT CHEVROLET SSR

Jun 19

ABOUT CHEVROLET SSR

The original SSR sports retro style was first introduced in Detroit in the year 2000 and met with such a comprehensive response from the public that it was already determined to launch the model to mass production, which was launched at the Lansing plant, Michigan, in the fall of 2003.. Chevrolet SSR was built on the basis of the Chevrolet cargo, produced in the 50s of the last century. It is based on the platform of the ChevroleltTrialBlazer SUV. On the Chevrolet SSR registration certificate, the vehicle type appears as the load side. And there is some truth in this. The car really has a body and, according to all indications, can be formally considered a pick-up. But it is unlikely that someone carries cargo, uncomfortable and expensive. For utilitarian purposes, it is better to find another truck, it is not equipped with a folding electric roof, sport suspension, low profile wheels and a forced V8.

Photo Chevrolet SSR

Although, in general, it is not all a pickup. The body of the truck of the automobile does not hit at all with its capacity (only 671 liters of usable volume). Yes, and access to the trunk is difficult. In the depths of the "glove compartment" there is a special button. When pressed, the hard cover that covers the trunk closes and a narrow slot opens in which you have to insert your hand to find the internal retainer of the tailgate. Fold back the board and lift the lid to the top position. Inside, the trunk (or body) is adorned with a beautiful black carpet with mahogany inserts. Neither is the boot lid the most obvious way. First you must lower the upper cover and only then close the tailgate. On the contrary it is impossible, it will not be closed. The SSR is an incredible hybrid sports car and corvette c6 cover.

Photo Chevrolet SSR

The sloping bonnet, noticeably sharpened at the front of the car, the protruding front and rear fenders, the wide horizontal grooves of the radiator grille with frosted aluminum linings and the rounded cockpit cover are all integral features of the Chevrolet SSR. The design features of this model are a semi-mounted body with a lightweight heavy duty frame made by hydroforming and a folding rigid roof made of aluminum alloy. It is equipped with an electric unit, in less than 25 seconds, turning a truck into an open roadster. Chevrolet SSR: the only pick-cabriolet in the world! In the cabin, luxurious leather seats with protective arches integrated into the headrests, a spectacular dashboard illuminated by moonlight and a bright aluminum insert throughout the cabin. Control unit of the stove, The fan and the air conditioning are quite traditional, in the form of three verniers. Under the bonnet, he first installed a 5.3-liter engine that produced 294 hp. (from the Tahoe SUV), since 2005 a 6-liter V8 engine with a capacity of 390 hp has been added. and a torque of 549 Nm. The most powerful unit allows the SSR to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in just 5.3 seconds.

Photo Chevrolet SSR

The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Also available is the automatic gearbox of the previous generation of Corvette supercar. Said power must be used properly, otherwise it will be dangerous. So it's no coincidence that the designers of the sports teams have used the suspension of the Chevrolet Camaro coupe. SSR stability on the road is very good. Accurate reactions and collected to the address. The suspension is hard enough and not at the expense of comfort. In 2006, the leadership of concern General Motors decided to stop production of the retro-pickup Chevrolet SSR.

Photo Chevrolet SSR

The reason for such an unexpected decision is trivial: the car sells fairly slowly due to its ambiguous design. In 2005, Chevrolet dealers managed to sell 8107 copies of this model, which is 16% lower than the 2004 figures. In just three years, there were 25,000 Chevrolet SSR units, which GM clearly does not like. Finally, the plant where the Chevrolet SSR is produced is part of the production restructuring program, under which GM will close eight of its facilities, including this one. In 2005, Chevrolet dealers managed to sell 8107 copies of this model, which is 16% lower than the 2004 figures. In just three years, there were 25,000 Chevrolet SSR units, which GM clearly does not like. Finally, the plant where the Chevrolet SSR is produced is part of the production restructuring program, under which GM will close eight of its facilities, including this one. In 2005, Chevrolet dealers managed to sell 8107 copies of this model, which is 16% lower than the 2004 figures. In just three years, there were 25,000 Chevrolet SSR units, which GM clearly does not like.

The production SSR remained close to the concept. The compromises included moving the outside mirrors from the A-pillars to the doors, adding marker lights to the body, and losing in the translation the sweeping metallic band along the tailgate. We were amazed and pleased that the muscular, bulging fenders made it to production. Then the excitement waned. The show-circuit SSR had a 6.0-liter V-8 from a three-quarter-ton Silverado pickup, but the real deal ended up with a 5.3-liter V-8 that had only 300 horsepower to motivate more than two tons of truck. And it was only available with a four-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers described the SSR as all show and not much go. In fact, the looks and the attitude were only skin-deep. To qualify as cool and desirable, these car toys need to not only look fast but also be fast, or at least quick. The Prowler fizzled out two years ago, and the Thunderbird is destined for the same fate. Things haven't looked much rosier for the SSR since it went on sale in 2003. On December 1, 2004, GM had a 300-day supply of unsold SSRs. The corporation sold 9648 SSRs last year but had envisioned selling 13,000.

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Now instead of simply waiting for the ax to fall, Chevy has taken steps for 2005 to give the SSR what it deserved from the start--a big honking engine and a manual transmission. The 5.3-liter V-8 has been replaced with a 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 that churns out 390 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It's the same engine found under the hood of the Corvette and the Pontiac GTO, although in those cars it's tuned to crank out another 10 horses. A four-speed automatic also found in the Corvette is the standard transmission, but for an extra $815 there's a Tremec M10 six-speed manual. The combination of this engine and the six-speed tranny gives the SSR some rabid bite to go along with an already hairy bark. The SSR we tested in September 2003 took a leisurely seven seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. This 2005 tester, with the six-speed manual, performed that task in 5.5 seconds. The 0-to-100-mph time was even more impressive. The new SSR whacked six seconds off the previous car's time and reached the century number in just 14.1 seconds. The quarter-mile ET and speed went from 15.4 seconds at 89 mph to 14.1 seconds at 100 mph. These are respectable numbers that put the SSR in the same league with more conventional roadsters like the BMW Z4, Honda S2000, and Nissan 350Z when it comes to straight-line acceleration.

Chevrolet also enhanced a few other things in the revised SSR, most notably the steering system, which now has a retuned valve assembly and new bearings and seals for more precise on-center feel and a reduction in steering effort. The steering does feel a bit more accurate, and it's easier to maneuver the SSR around town, but the truck still isn't any fun for slaloming through corners. Push the SSR, and its truck roots are quickly revealed by its bouncy ride. $ Amazingly, despite the added 90 horsepower, one thing that hasn't significantly changed on the SSR is its sticker price. It's easy to pile on expensive options, though. Our tester had, among other options, the 1SB Preferred Equipment Group ($1900), which includes heated seats, a Bose premium sound system, and an engine cover insert, and the Cargo Compartment Trim package ($895) for a hefty total of $47,375. We won't argue with the SSR's eye-candy value or its ability to attract lots of attention, but there are a number of roadsters out there that offer better all-around performance at the same price. That's what this radical, uniquely American-looking vehicle deserved.

Specifications

PRICE AS TESTED:

$47,375 (base price: $43,180)

Displacement:

364 cu in, 5967cc

Power (SAE net):

390 bhp @ 5400 rpm

Torque (SAE net):

405 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION:

6-speed manual

DIMENSIONS:

Wheelbase:

116.0 in

Length:

191.4 in

Width:

78.6 in

Height:

64.2 in

Curb weight:

4746 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:

Zero to 60 mph:

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 mph:

14.1 sec

Street start, 5-60 mph:

6.6 sec

Standing 1/4-mile:

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

Top speed (governor limited):

125 mph

Braking, 70-0 mph:

185 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad:

0.82 g

PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY:

EPA fuel economy, city driving:

13 mpg