for normal production models will be $41,995 including the
destination and handling fee, should you be able to actually find one
at the window sticker price.
The SSR is a knockout to behold -- it is way out custom cool with a retro
flavor, but with modern technology and dependability. It is literally
a turn-key showpiece. Drivability deserves similar praise, keeping in
mind that my test SSR was a very early production model, and that final
quality will be more refined.
is comfortable and handling is fairly nimble considering the 4760 pound
weigh-in. The 0-60 mph time is 7.6 seconds, with the quarter mile ticking
off @90 mph in 15.9 seconds. The exhaust note is sweet, and the sound
system divine with one's favorite driving tunes cranked up.
everything about the SSR makes it a joy to cruise your
favorite haunts in. I made a few notes concerning issues that would only
serve to enhance this collectible Super Sport Roadster (pickup) in the
eyes of dyed-in-the-wool "rodders" -- A 5.7 liter motor would
be really nice, while a 6.0 liter V8 would be even better. Mate either
mill to a six-speed manual gearbox for smoky burnouts or at the very least
, a clutchless, manually shiftable automatic transmission. Next, a lower
stance is in order, say two to three inches, with a pronounced forward
rake. Okay, these would add significantly to the purchase price, and are
only for the hard-core types. One thing that is needed though is an assist
strut for the heavy hood, which would eliminate the need for a manual
modest, or the private sort, the SSR isn't the ride of choice for
you -- going anywhere without being noticed is impossible. Expect all
manner of approving signals: honking, yelling, thumbs-up, and okay signs.
Expect to have your picture taken by cell phone/camera users on the road.
Expect to be followed until you stop, and then expect a crowd to gather
with a myriad of questions from "what is it?" to "how much
is it?" and virtually every query in between. Expect to demonstrate
the top a lot. Some admirers even double parked in front of my house to
take pictures or to discuss it. Surprisingly, many
observers were savvy and knew exactly what it was, while others perceived
it to be a totally custom creation.
My SSR experience
amounted to fun squared with visits to a Champagne cellar in Napa Valley,
CA reflecting my tastes, to the headquarters of Calistoga Bottled Water
-- the latter more in keeping with my budget. The SSR is a worthy "halo"
vehicle for the Chevrolet brand and will no doubt be next in demand to
the Corvette. Don't forget to register for the auction -- if you don't,
your acquisition chances will improve with time. 2003 production will
yield 3,500 (including the 25 Signature Series units), plans for '04 call
for 10,000 and '05 calls for between 14,000 and 15,000.
Price as Tested: $41,995
Type and Size: 5.3 liter Vortec 5300 OHV V-8 electronic sequential
(bhp): 300 @ 5200 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 331 @ 4000 rpm
Four-speed automatic with overdrive
Train: Longitudinally mounted front engine / Rear-wheel drive
Front - Double A-arm
Rear - Five-link solid axle
four-wheel disc vented rear with anti-lock braking system.
Goodyear RS-A P255/45R19 front / P295/40R20 rear mounted on five-slotted-spoke
alloy wheels (8-inches wide front / 10-inches wide rear)
Length Overall: 191.4 inches
Width: 78.6 inches
Curb Weight: 4760 lbs
EPA Mileage Estimates: 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway
0 - 60 mph: 7.6 seconds