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Chevy SSR

jmsintxjmsintx Posts: 41
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet
At MSRP of about 39K, and I'm sure a very large markup until supply reaches demand. Check out the latest Car and Driver.


  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    check out

    there is a nice article with tech spec and pics

  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    I'd go for a C5 'Vette, better bang for the buck!!
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    Is Chevy crazy? Almost $40,000 for this truck? It's unique but I can find better ways to spend that kind of money.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Maybe, maybe not. This is a low volume vehicle aimed at a niche market. I agree I can find tons of things I would spend that kind of money on first. However, this truck is not aimed at me. Its aimed at people who have significant disposable income, who like to drive and want a unique vehicle. There are tons of Vettes out there, and they don't draw even my attention much anymore, but I am sure I'll be taking a closer look for a while every time a see an SSR.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Local Dealer had a "Market Adjustment" adder of $32k on a Prowler when the 2001's first came out. But an out-of-town Dealer had them for sticker price. But then maybe they didn't have any "in stock".
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I totally agree with all 6 posts in this forum. You can all put the $38-40K to better use (buy a 'Vette or Camaro SS). I was just at the local Chevy dealer to get an oil AND tranny fluid change at 48K miles. (Don't believe that 100K mile crap; get the tranny fluid changed at 50K, or sooner; you won't be sorry.) Anyway, the service technician AND service advisor said they would NOT buy an SSR until all the anticipated bugs have been ironed out. Yes it'll be unique, and very fast, but who knows how safe and how reliable? A sales manager told me Chevy won't even be taking orders until well into September, and that each dealership (in NE Illinois) will be getting only 1 or 2 vehicles, if they're lucky.
  • I've already been to my Chevy dealer and signed on the dotted line for one in the Buffalo area. I have talked to a couple of GM guys, as I work for a major parts supplier, and they figure these will have to sell at or very close to sticker. It's for the same reasons stated above, @ $38K if they jack the price up people will opt for a Vette or M BMW. As far as first year model runs goes, GM has had pretty good luck and don't forget the motor/tranny/frame/torsen rearend, etc are proven off the shelf items so that's a non-issue to a Chevy guy like me. Also since the projected number to be built is around 20,000 a year, I'm sure dealers will have alot more than just "1 or 2 per dealer", especially the larger ones that sell alot of Vettes.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    knocking 6.0?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    the SSR is gonna have the 5.3
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    too underpowered in stock flavor.....
  • What do you want, a dragster? Not only is that very respectable power, the motor and tranny are highly tunable for those who need more. If you read about ALL the goodies that Chevy will be putting on the SSR, the price will compare pretty good to other vehicles with the equivalent power and option level. Anybody that really knows and follows the car biz, can point out problem cars from EVERY manufacturer on the planet, no one has produced the "perfect" car yet!
  • eric2001eric2001 Posts: 482
    The SSR will have the motor in an aluminum block version, with no hp disclosure. I would safely assume it will be in excess of the 285 rating of the pickup version, with more aggressive cams/injection/timing.

    Anyone see anything official yet?
  • All I've seen in print or on the web, is the 285HP number which came with the disclaimer that was not offical or final from Chevy. Chevy only recently announced that they would go with the aluminum block version so it's probably going to be a while before any production HP rating is released. But it sure would be nice if they tuned it for more right at factory, then I won't be so temped to do myself since these motors and the 4L60E tranny are easily modified.

    For anyone who hasn't seen it, there is a very informative web site, They seem to update current info very quickly.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    yep i read that eric. They arent going to release HP numbers for awhile. I did hear itll be over 285 and possibly 300-325
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    it's the SSR or SS....but some guys I know who work for a place that does GM specialty vehicles say it will have 20" wheels and the 8.1....AWD maybe too?....we talk about so much crap.....I can't keep it all straight...

    - Tim
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    but the 5.3? I wouldn't spend the kind of money they will be asking for a 5.3. Now a supercharged 8.1....that will kick a lighnings butt all over town. I would question the 4L60E and would it be able to handle the HP and torque.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    THE SSR el camino looking car/truck is going to have a new style 5.3 in it. At first it was rumored 6 liter but in last months truck trend it states 5.3
  • This tranny has been behind the 6.0 in Vettes and Camaros for years now and has a very good reputation for hanging together with the 300 to 325 HP that motor will make. The 20" rears and 19" front wheels, from the concept, are indeed going to be on the SSR. I read they will be excluive to the SSR and made by Speedline.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    one of the Trucks that Jon Moss's GM "Skunkworks" built. I had looked at 3 or 4 on I believe, but can't find them now." I have a picture of one of them (Coolside) on my desktop but don't rmemeber what it has in it. It's a Black Sportside with Blue/Blue/Red Flames. They did a 6.0, and 8.1, and others.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    he had mentioned that would be the stock 8.1 no?

    They do the Zz1 Tahoes, Burbs, Extreme pickups and blazers.....etc....along with tons of specialty cars......502 Impala SS was cool too.

    The truck I am talking about is a pick up...not an el-camino...

    - Tim

    I think I know John!!!
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010 There's 4 of them.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Yes it has butt kicking torque and HP, but the added weight from the big block would likely negate any actual perfomance improvement in real driving. Not to mention the lower redline.
    An aluminum 5.3L tuned like a Vette would likely yield around 325HP. Makes a lot more sense to me in a performance truck to loose the 500lbs. to only sacrifice 20HP.
    Also why don't they offer it with the 6spd manual from the Vette, this is supposed to be a performance "driver's" truck after all.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Sounds like the dealer I talked to was full of it, since you say you were able to order one now.
    I wonder if the same retractable roof will be offered with other GM vehicles. I like sunroofs, but a retractable roof would be even nicer. Didn't Ford make a car with a retractable roof back in the late '50s or early '60s? I think I remember seeing a Fairlane that had one.
  • You are correct about the Ford, it had a very cool retractable hardtop but I don't know the years it was offered. GM has an outside firm making the roof so who knows if they'll repeat it on another car.
    I just happened to be talking about the SSR with a friend of mine at work last night and his neighbor also has one on order from a different dealer that I'm using. If the dealer you went to doesn't want your business, just go to another's not like Chevy dealers are rare! Even at the volume they are predicting to produce they'll be all sold by time they hit the dealers.
    It will be interesting to see how the pricing holds up, I know won't be paying a premium on top of the estimated $38K. I'm on my second BMW Z3 so I know exactly how much performance car you can get for that kind of scratch if the General wants to get greedy!
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    BTW....I had quite a discussion with the Wife of the local Ford Dealer about "Hardtop Convertibles". Which of course were cars with a hard top and no post when the windows were down (like a convertible). They really weren't convertibles but that is what they were called. Anyway she insisted that the "Retractible" was the only Hardtop Convertible.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    My favorite part....

    "The engine features new quiet-profile pistons to ensure that the pistons track straight in their bores, minimizing clearances as the pistons rock under gas pressure.
    The pistons are polymer-coated to reduce cold scuffing and engine noise. Polymer-coated pistons, long a mainstay in luxury car engines, enable tighter bore clearances, provide enduring wear surfaces between pistons and cylinder walls, and further reduce piston motion."

    Perhaps the answer lies here.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    yea that seemed funny to me

    so when you gonna sign up over the obyone?
  • rezo00rezo00 Posts: 103
    why didnt they just call it an EL was ugly then and its ugly now.
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    You state that GM will have the "bugs" worked out of the SSR in it's first prduction year-good one. Hope yours is bug free!
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