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2008 Chevrolet HHR SS

Posted on 29th, 2007

CHANDLER, the road to Tortilla Flats on the of Phoenix, the road curves and the are steep.

Riding in the passenger of the Chevrolet HHR SS, I look for the rookie to hang on to while my driver the vehicle flawlessly through the and turns, using up all the asphalt.

I fear the car losing control so as my stomach losing its breakfast.

is not a good way to be when your is Bob Lutz, vice-chair of product for GM, and the vehicle he#8217;s personally to you is the latest high-performance model the world#8217;s largest car company.

#8220;We are careful what we put the SS Sport) badge on,#8221; says, while making the polished aluminum wheels and tires chirp.

#8220;It has to be not just faster – it has to turn better and stop.#8221;

Lutz, a air force pilot and now a hobby is in his 70s, with an illustrious history behind him.

He no signs of slowing ( see accompanying ), and neither does the HHR SS.

There been rumblings that a version of Chevy#8217;s HHR (Heritage Roof) was in the works almost the retro-looking vehicle was introduced in the model year.

Spy photos were published, and in 2006, GM confirmed that an vehicle would be built.

than a year later, at the Detroit automotive love known as the Woodward Dream the HHR SS was unveiled.

Lutz is sure will be the #8220;next generation#8217;s car.#8221;

It certainly looks the The front and rear fascias been changed to give a more aggressive appearance. The and lower grilles are mesh, the interior has new sport seats, a trendy instrument display an A-pillar boost gauge.

Indeed, with a top speed of 240 and 0-to-100 km/h time of 6.3 (a full two seconds faster the 1992 ZR1 Corvette), the SS version of the HHR a lot of power and performance into a small package.

With a price of $28,240, this delivers a lot of bang for the buck.

For one the SS has launch control, which wheel slip from a start while keeping the high. The result makes the SS off the line, and unlike the launch on BMW models, there is no restriction on the of launches allowed.

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But the real piece of candy is the shift#8221; feature on the manual which allows you to keep the pressed down, while you use the to shift gear.

The result is a power shift that, in mode, shaves off 7/100ths of a of your time.

It#8217;s knowing the engine and transmission are to handle it. But I question its usefulness, and Lutz, as an old-school driver, that he finds it difficult to himself to use the feature.

Our tester in Arizona also a five-speed manual transmission, brakes and a sport suspension.

are specific stabilizer bars, rates and damper tuning — all to complement the turbocharged powertrain provides 0.86 g worth of ensuring the car is sure-footed on the twisty

Fortunately, for the hour on the road to Flats with Lutz, turns out to be my tummy#8217;s saviour.

But the HHR SS is a misfit of sorts. It turned in a lap on Germany#8217;s famed Nürburgring earlier this year – but in the van#8221; class. Its retro-inspired doesn#8217;t fit the sports car image, though GM sees the sporty as a rival.

Chev sales literature it as an SUV.

Though it remains a – an automotive oddball looking to fit in – one this wagon definitely at home is on the curvy road or

Travel was provided to freelance Nika Rolczewski by the automaker.

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