There has always been a mystique surrounding Chevy's SS (Super Sport)
heritage. The SS emblem on the side of a Chevy gave notice to the
world that the vehicle had the right stuff.
models have been providing on-road enthusiasts with top-end power,
sporty ride and handling, and sleek designs since 1961. The 2003
Silverado SS is an expression of contemporary Chevrolet performance
that is within reach of many enthusiasts now driving pickups.
2003 Silverado SS will be available in all 50 states and Canada,
beginning the first quarter of 2003.
full-time, all-wheel-drive (AWD), viscous-coupled transfer case
uses the traction of four driving wheels to provide exceptional
on-road, wet or dry pavement handling. It requires no driver intervention,
and automatically and continuously transfers torque from slipping
wheels to those with a firmer grip in a smooth, almost imperceptible
manner. Its continuous 38-percent / 62-percent front-to-rear torque
split provides optimum handling and control, further enhanced by
a standard full locking rear differential.
Z60 High Performance Chassis package, including Silverado's largest-ever,
20-inch tires, provides exceptional road holding and cornering capability
and a smooth, comfortable ride. The independent front torsion bar
/ two-stage multi-spring rear suspension system's shocks have been
specially tuned for ride smoothness. The SS is lowered 20mm in front
and 50mm in the rear. The track is 18mm wider and P275/55R-20 Goodyear
Eagle radials, mounted on wide 8.5-inch rims, provide exceptional
stability. The tires' handling characteristics also permit harnessing
the full capabilities of the AWD system.
The 2003 Silverado SS wears an aggressive front end similar to the
its trim, aggressive stance, monochromatic color-scheme that includes
the grille, fascias, lower ground effects, and specially styled
aluminum wheels, the SS appearance conveys performance from any
features full front and rear bumper fascias that wrap completely
around the body, and extend from the belt line down almost to the
frame rails. The front includes a wide center-band air scoop, flanked
by two rectangular corner scoops. Their diamond-pattern mesh is
harmoniously integrated with that of the grille, which features
Chevy's new gold bowtie emblem. "Silverado SS" badges
accent the front doors and left rear quarter panel. Bodysides are
clean, with understated moldings. Sporty five-spoke polished aluminum
20 x 8.5-inch wheels feature Chevy's emblem in their center cap
and the tailgate includes a body color cap.
The custom interior is Dark Pewter and fully equipped with uplevel
LT trim. Its full feature leather bucket seats have special SS embroidered
headrests and an SS emblem on the redesigned instrument panel. The
instrument panel cluster has distinctive white backlighting, with
orange pointers. SS customers have a choice of an in-dash six-disc
CD changer or a combination single-disc CD / cassette player with
their next-generation AM/FM stereos. A premium six-speaker Bose®
audio system and GM's next-generation OnStar® system are standard,
along with a center console, eight-button steering wheel controls,
a dual-zone automatic climate control system and many other new
A standard high output LQ9 version of the Vortec 6000 V8, with 345
horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, provides Silverado SS with exhilarating
off-line acceleration, relaxed cruising and dependable operation.
It mates to a 4L65-E four-speed automatic overdrive transmission,
with a 3.06 first gear and a 0.70 final gear ratio that contribute
to the truck's impressive performance.
exhaust system, featuring a single, large 3.5-inch outlet pipe,
has been specially tuned for a throaty NASCAR-inspired roar.