Pickup truck enthusiasts, your prayers have been answered. General Motors
and Ford have both announced two new trucks sure to get your heart rate
and blood pressure pumping to new levels - the 2002 Chevy SSR and 2001
Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 SuperCrew.
The SSR (Super Sports
Roadster) hits hard at those fans of open top sports cars, in the tradition
of the Corvette, but also combines the rich heritage of 1950s era Chevrolet
pickups. An open air roadster with a retractable hard top and small-block
V8, the SSR was announced yesterday by GM President and CEO, Richard Wagoner
during an automotive conference at the University of Michigan.
the fact that the SSR was originally created as a concept truck
for the 2000 North American International Auto Show and didn't even
exist as a concept until last October, Wagoner is quoted as stating,
"We donít have every detail buttoned down for the SSR, but
look at that truck! Doesnít it just feel right!"
The SSR is
expected to be based on the same platform as the upcoming 2002 Chevrolet
Trailblazer and GMC Envoy midsize SUVs to cut help costs and speed
time to production. GM's Oklahoma City plant is rumored to be the
leading contender for the SSR's manufacture.
For pickup truck
enthusiasts looking for a distinctive and powerful vehicle with a little
more practicality than the three seater Chevrolet SSR, look no further
than the Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 SuperCrew announced August 8th
at the 2000 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
A follow up to the
recently launched and very popular Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 SuperCab,
the similarly obsidian hued HD SuperCrew has seating for up to five adults
in a four door pickup.
The HDSC is powered
by the 260 horsepower 5.4 liter Triton V8 and its specially-tuned exhaust
system features a single inlet/dual outlet muffler, ending in chrome 3
1/2-inch "slash cut" exhaust tips taken from the Ford SVT Lightning. Harley-Davidson
branded 20x9-inch five-spoke cast chromed aluminum wheels and P275/45R20
Goodyear Eagle GTII tires are accented by gray and "Harley-Davidson" orange
striping on the lower rocker panels.
On the inside
four black leather trimmed captains chairs embroidered with the
Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield dominate. Each set of seats has its
own center console with Harley-Davidson embroidered on the console
lids to further identify the limited edition nature of the HDSC.
the instrument panel as having the look of spun metal and jeweled
The 2001 Harley-Davidson
F-150 SuperCrew will be manufactured at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant
and is expected to arrive at dealerships by the first quarter of 2001.
With the announcement
and introduction of these two distinctive trucks we definitely encourage
enthusiasts to run, not walk, to your nearest Ford or Chevy shop with
money hand to put your deposits down.