2005 Chevrolet SSR (Chevy) Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos – The Car Connection

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It’s a weird that one of the best you can buy happens to be a truck. But there’s getting around it: Chevy’s SSR “super sport” retractable pickup is closest in configuration full-frame chassis, huge V-8 engine, rear-wheel drive) feel (heavy; brutally and sheer outrageousness to a ’60s-era mauler of any new vehicle available

That’s not how Chevy markets the retro-styled SSR, of course, but a turn behind the wheel and see for Under the hood lies a of an engine, massive and gleefully overpowered nearly 400 easy horsepower on tap and so torque (405 lb-ft) heroic power slides the curb and tire-barking 1-2 upshifts as you out of the Mickey Dee’s parking lot are as as stomping on the gas pedal.

Even humungous 20-inch rear and 40-Series Goodyear tires — removed from an original car’s tenuous F60 bias-plys on steelies —it’s still a matter of putting your foot on the brake for just a while simultaneously standing on the and holding the engine against the letting the revs build. In a the huge V-8 overpowers the brakes, the break loose, and off you go in an eye-watering haze of smoke and smoldering rubber.

Sizzling acceleration

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The ’05 SSR is of sizzling 5.4-second 0-60 — impressive by any standard but even so when you reflect on the Pro Bowl 5000-lb curb weight of vehicle. It’s roughly pounds heavier than a new yet it’s still quicker just about anything of one. It will stay on the bumper of a Neon SRT-4 and is 3-4 tenths of a second behind a new GT. (Maybe Steve McQueen to rethink his ride.)

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But once the needle slips 100, the SSR begins to feel like the full-frame muscle of the past than a billet and hydroformed ’Vette — a machine as smooth as Billy Dee Williams, at 130-plus. The SSR will also go fast, if you dare — but it’s not happy in the land of triple at least not beyond quick on straight roads with visibility and plenty of time to the ’chutes and haul her down. a fair amount of drift at and you need a firm hand on the to keep it tracking straight — very much like a muscle car.

All that weight, the body-on-frame and a profile that’s not exactly render the SSR better suited to blasts from stoplight to than top-end hauling. But the big lug with confidence thanks to disc brakes all around and handles reasonably well you get mental and forget you are driving a — heavily modified for sure, but essentially, a truck — with as weight to lop around the corners as a SUV.

Still, the SSR’s gear prowess is not to be missed and hard to surpass. Kick it to second, then wind the LS2 V-8 or less the same engine in the ’05 Corvette) to the edge of the electronic cutoff just past rpm. You’ll slingshot like an old Biscayne with a rocket bolted to the roof. amusing: The “torque-o-meter” in the secondary cluster mounted on the console ahead of the shifter.

It reads from zero to 400 to let you know just exactly how twist is being put to the pavement at any moment. It’s handy in of letting you rev the engine to its precise peak of 4400 rpm before the clutch (six-speed models) or the converter (automatics) for the quickest and 1/4-mile ETs.

Not cheap, but power is?

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At $42,430 the SSR is not cheap fun most of the old muscle cars back in the day. But on the upside, is absolutely nothing like it on the at any price. It has a show-car body draws more stares a jackknifed semi and the retractable is both cool just to and close in front of a crowd as as snug and tight in the winter in a way that no soft-top convertible can hope to be.

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