2003 Chevrolet Ssr

Chevrolet SSR

The Chevrolet SSR (Swallow Mutation Buggy) is a retractable hardtop transformable pickup manufactured by Chevrolet betwixt 2003 and 2006.

The 2003 and 2004 models victimized World-wide Motors’ Vortec 5300 locomotive, a 5.3 L 300 hp V8. Functioning was 7.7 s to 60 mph (97 km/h) with a 15.9 s/86.4 mph tail knot run. The 2005 SSR exploited the 390 hp (291 kW) LS2 V8 besides constitute in the C6 Corvette and Pontiac GTO, and likewise offered a manual contagion (the six-speed Tremec) first, as an selection. For the 2006 modeling class, the LS2 locomotive featured nipper modifications that boosted its yield to 395 hp (robotic transmittance) and 400 hp (manual transmittance), severally. In add-on, GM badges were added to the fomite.

Design

The SSR was based on the long-wheelbase Chevrolet Groundbreaker EXT’s program, and featured “retroactive” styling and a nerve retractable hardtop intentional by ASC. The product simulation was based on the SuperSport Runabout construct car shown at the 2000 Detroit Automobile Establish. An early-production SSR was the footstep car for the 2003 Indianapolis 500 automobile airstream.

The fomite’s conception was elysian by the late-1940s Chevrolet trucks, specifically the 1947-1955 Rise Pattern pickups.

2003 Chevrolet Ssr

Sales

The 2004 modeling sold under expectations with below 9,000 sales at US$42,000 apiece. Citing a 301-day add of SSRs, Worldwide Motors in December of that yr proclaimed fivesome weeks of layoffs at Lansing Foxiness Essence, the mill that made the SSR. On November 21, 2005, GM proclaimed that it would conclusion the Trade Essence in mid-2006, spelling the end for the SSR. The terminal SSR, a unequalled black-on-silver manakin (Highest VIN 1GCES14H06B124112), was reinforced on Abut 17, 2006. Analysts idea that 24,150 SSRs were produced in amount. Of the amount product, 24,112 were uncommitted purchasable to the world.

2003 Chevrolet Ssr

Marketing

The SSR was introduced for its marketplace unveiling in a 60 secondment telecasting ad that offset appeared on New Twelvemonth’s Eve 2003, created by the immobile of Campbell-Ewald, directed by Michael Bay and featuring the call Charming Rug Razz by Steppenwolf. The advertizing was coroneted “An American Gyration, Car Mailman” and featured six yet to be introduced cars and trucks embarkation a car mailman as it traversed the Joined States. It featured the Aveo descending the Match Peaks of San Francisco and devising an airborne bounce extremely redolent of Steve McQueen’s Fording Mustang in the pic Bullitt, ahead embarkation the car postman, to the lily-livered SSR embarkation the flattop in reversal piece the postman is travelling consume a desolate highway.

Motorsport

The SSR was exploited as the yard car for the 2003 Indianapolis 500.

An SSR was entered in Venerable 2011 in the Bonneville Nationals Fastness Trials on the saltiness flats in Utah. The incoming was controversial therein they intended to run in the miniskirt limited pick-me-up category. An illegal adjustment had been made to the figurehead cornice on the motortruck and they were allowed to run clock sole. Withal the motortruck proven uncompetitive against a often more streamlined GMC Sonoma that took the platter in the C/MMP form and set it at 219.3 mph (352.9 km/h), a good 26 mph (41.8 km/h) quicker than the SSR could run.

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