Chevrolet SSR – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Chevrolet SSR

Baseball, apple and one flamboyant convertible pickup.

The SSR has a knack for attracting attention. things just do. A bear with a deer. Anything orange. Car and Driver poetry. wait, we actually have in Upfront this month in case you missed it.)

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The bow-tie bunch unveiled the SSR three-and-a-half years ago at the 2000 auto show, where to the truck was beyond positive. Us car even liked it so much we put it on our April 2000 cover. quickly got the hint: Build it, and will come.

For 2003, hopes 3500 Americans come, followed by 14,000 to in ’04.

We give Chevy its due for keeping the SSR’s final very close to the concept’s, the show truck’s wild as well as its heritage to 1947-53 trucks. Designed entirely on the neoclassic SSR features the concept’s flared fenders, rakish and 19- and 20-inch wheels front and respectively, all of which make it to distinguish the show and street

There are minor differences, of such as the relocation of the side from the concept’s upper to the production’s doors, the addition of markers, and the removal of the sweeping band from the concept’s But otherwise, it’s as if Chevy were afforded the luxury of the engineers, All done – fishin’!

Chevrolet SSR

Although it’s not to see the big wheels on the production vehicle after all, many roll on dubs these is surprising, impressive really, the gargantuan fenders made it to the line. Developed by Fuji Corporation, the fenders are made deep-draw Grade 5 steel in a called inverted toggle which stamps the fenders as much as 18 inches of draw, or of the formed area.

Chevy claims the process is although we have our doubts, the SSR opens at $41,995 while cost-cutting corporate underpinnings. or not, we like the fenders’ effect, and that they can be for picnics, tanning hides, and demonstrating Ginsu knives.

opted to use steel sheetmetal than composite panels the ones on the Corvette because easier to paint-match and they for a stiffer structure. And like the the SSR uses hydroformed steel rails to anchor its frame. For the frame, Chevy started a TrailBlazer EXT boxed unit, cut 13 from the midsection and about inches from the front and then welded it back and added enough crossmembers to eight.

But whereas a Corvette convertible as solid as granite, the SSR resides on the pumice end of the spectrum and as a result more shakes and shimmies cratered Michigan roads. The feels stiffer than a and noticeably tauter than a but it trails the best convertibles’ by a margin.

The SSR borrows much more just its frame from the Chevy’s mid-size sport-ute donates its 5.3-liter V-8 engine, automatic, rack-and-pinion steering four-wheel disc brakes, and control-arm front and five-link rear suspensions. Compared the TrailBlazer EXT, the SSR presses the with 300 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of (versus 290 and 325), a faster steering ratio (versus and a suspension tuned for boulevard

We mention boulevard cruising Chevy did-over and over And for good reason. The SSR does cruise with the best of be it at Vero or Venice Beach. At a stoplight, you have enough to raise and lower the ASC-built hardtop, which makes for a icebreaker with any bikini who happens to be blading by.

It drops via a center-console-mounted button, neatly between the cab and cargo The process is relatively quick, if a bit and allows enough time to the booming Bose stereo Meat Loaf. Cruising came so good.

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