2006 Chevrolet SSR 6.0L LS2 V8 Exhaust Tone & Walkaround
The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a retractable hardtop
convertible pickup truck manufactured by Chevrolet between 2003 and 2006.
The 2003 and 2004 models used General Motors' Vortec 5300 engine, a 5.3 L
300 hp V8. Performance was 7.7 s to 60 mph (97 km/h) with a 15.9 s/86.4 mph
quarter mile run. The 2005 SSR used the 390 hp (291 kW) LS2 V8 also found
in the C6 Corvette and Pontiac GTO, and also offered a manual transmission
(the six-speed Tremec) for the first time, as an option. For the 2006 model
year, the LS2 engine featured minor modifications that Boosted its output to 395 hp (automatic
transmission) and 400 hp (manual transmission), respectively. In addition,
GM badges were added to the vehicle.
The SSR was based on the long-wheelbase Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT's
platform, and featured "retro" styling and a steel retractable hardtop
designed by ASC. The production model was based on the SuperSport Roadster
concept car shown at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show. An early-production SSR
was the pace car for the 2003 Indianapolis 500 auto race.
The vehicle's design was inspired by the late-1940s Chevrolet trucks,
specifically the 1947–1955 Advance Design pickups.
The 2004 model sold below expectations with under 9,000 sales at US$42,000
each. Citing a 301-day supply of SSRs, General Motors in December of that
year announced five weeks of layoffs at Lansing Craft Centre, the factory
that made the SSR. On November 21, 2005, GM announced that it would close
the Craft Centre in mid-2006, spelling the end for the SSR. The final SSR,
a unique black-on-silver model (Highest VIN 1GCES14H06B124112), was built
on March 17, 2006. Analysts estimate that 24,150 SSRs were produced in
total. Of the total production, 24,112 were available for sale to the
1970 Chevy El Camino vs 2004 Chevy SSR - Generation Gap: Pickup Cars
Cast your vote here:
In the latest episode of Generation Gap, the guys explore the “pickups”
of the collector car world. But these “pickups” are a bit more car than
you would want on the construction site. Davin’s choice is a 1970
Chevrolet El Camino that gets its power from a 454 CI V-8 with a Rock
Crusher 4-speed. Matt’s choice, a 2004 Chevrolet SSR, has a supercharged
5.3-liter V-8 with an automatic transmission and a retractable hard top.
Which one of these would you rather see parked in your garage?
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