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2006 Chevrolet SSR Truck - Overview

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Overview

What's New
The Chevrolet SSR comes with a little more muscle this year, owing to a new intake manifold and revised calibrations that increase the horsepower of the 6.0L V-8 engine to 400 for models sporting the optional 6-speed manual transmission. Models equipped with the standard 4-speed automatic produce 395 hp. The 2006 SSR also comes with fresh color schemes, a special chrome package to dress up both the interior and exterior, and the availability of a host of dealer-installed accessories that include a bright underside hood blanket with the SSR logo and a coupee of nifty cargo area storage options.

Overview
The Chevrolet SSR is a unique two-passenger vehicle that blends the openness of a convertible with the cargo bed of a pickup, and packages it in retro-roadster styling complete with flared fenders reminiscent of the 1940s and 1950s. One of the SSR's more noteworthy features is a power-retractable metal roof, a first for pickups. With the push of a button, you can go from hardtop to convertible in less than 30 seconds. The roof panels move independently and stack in a space-saving vertical configuration behind the seats, which leaves the small cargo bed with 22.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The only power available on the SSR is the 6.0L V-8, which is the same cast-aluminum LS2 engine found on the base Corvette. The peppy 400-hp engine helps the 4,700-pound SSR live up to its roadster billing. Peak torque is a potent 400 lb.-ft. at 4000 RPM regardless of the transmission choice, but towing capacity is limited to 2,500 pounds.

Chevy's muscle-truck is constructed with an upper steel uni-body that is mounted to a boxed frame utilizing hydroformed steel side rails for an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS (the rear brakes are vented) help the SSR stop in its tracks. Inside you'll find leather power-adjustable seats (6-way for the driver and 2-way for the co-pilot), a driver information center, cruise control, and an AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 capability.

The Competition
Based on its attention-grabbing roadster design cues more than its pickup truck features, Chevrolet's SSR finds itself positioned in the Midsize Sporty category, a niche segment that also includes the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Mustang, Mazda RX-8, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Pontiac GTO, and Toyota Solara.

Of the 310,493 segment sales in calendar year 2005, the Ford Mustang was the best seller by far, having garnered more than one-half of the segment's sales with 160,975 units sold, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Chevrolet SSR found 8,107 buyers, just behind the Pontiac GTO with 11,590. Second and third in 2005 sales volume were the Toyota Solara (56,900 units) and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo (33,562), respectively.

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