SSR V8

The Chevy SSR engine, transmission, and TORSEN differential

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

The second engine: a 6.0 liter with 390 horsepower (LS2) The new LS2 engine features a deep-skirt aluminum block with cast aluminum heads, delivering 390 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration from any speed. A six-speed manual Tremec transmission is now available, showing that GM means business. […]

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. Working with GM Design’s Corporate […]

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 […]

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. With […]

Interview with Bob Walczyk of the Chevrolet SSR brand team

September 9, 2001 David Zatz 0

Thanks to David Caldwell for arranging this session.  Bob Walczyk is one of the key people responsible for taking the Chevrolet SSR from concept to reality, defining the Chevy SSR’s equipment, content and marketing plans. Before the questions and answers get underway, Bob Walczyk thanked us for our interest and […]

2001 Audi TT vs the 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T

February 9, 2001 David Zatz 0

2001 Audi TT and…the 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T?! The Audi TT is an interesting car for a former Spirit R/T owner to drive. Its 1.8 liter engine makes 225 horsepower, thanks partly to dual intercoolers and a five valve per cylinder design. The Spirit R/T, as you may recall, made […]