Chevrolet SSR car review / test drive

October 9, 2005 David Zatz 0

Review Notes: 2005 Chevrolet SSR Automatic
Unusual features Well-designed convertible hardtop; unusually well-done retro styling
Above Average: Fun factor, instant acceleration from any speed
Needs Work In: Daft cruise control, minor squeaks and rattles
EPA gas mileage 17 city, 23 highway (automatic; manual is 16/26) but expect less

 

One of the happier results of a new spurt of special-purpose cars and trucks is the Chevrolet SSR, a truck with almost universal appeal, thanks to its attractive design, formidable performance, and pleasant ride.… Read the rest

SSRs – The Chevrolet SSR enthusiast site

November 25, 2003 David Zatz 0

The 2003-2006 Chevrolet SSR was fun to drive, but never recovered from the first price shock or relatively unexciting performance of the original engine. Some dealers could not even sell one SSR, though at first it looked as though people would have to wait for years to get one.… Read the rest

Creation and development of the Chevy SSR

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

According to GM, the Chevy SSR traces its lineage to the vision of Wayne Cherry, Vice President of GM Design. The original idea was to explore how a heritage design theme might manifest itself in a truck, as opposed to cars where heritage designs abound.… Read the rest

The Chevy SSR’s hydroformed frame

September 9, 2002 David Zatz 0

The production version of the Chevrolet SSR uses a frame with fully hydroformed steel side rails. The hydroformed frame features great strength and stiffness, relatively low weight and precise quality.

Ted Robertson, chief engineer for the Chevrolet SSR said: “A traditional stamped frame with this amount of strength and rigidity would weigh roughly 20% more than this one.… Read the rest

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 road test

September 9, 2002 David Zatz 0

The Corvette’s latest incarnation, the Z06, is an exciting, brutally fast, and even fairly docile vehicle, thanks to a combination of old-fashioned cubes and new-fangled technology. With second-generation active handling and traction control, getting the Z06 up to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds is a snap.… Read the rest