• Jun 6, 2006
Whoa, is that an intercooler we see buried deep in the lower front bumper of this otherwise quotidian HHR? Indeed it is, and Winding Road is guessing it's connected to the Pontiac Solstice GXP's direct-injected turbo-four that makes 260 hp and 260 ft-lbs. of torque. SS also means bigger wheels and this mule has much larger shoes than the standard High Heritage Roof. The HHR will be refreshened in the near future, so it's not known whether the SS badge will be affixed to the current body style or an updated one. Still, props to Chris Doane for snapping this shot of the HHR's intercooler peaking out. Good eye, kid. Good eye.
[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Chevrolet has just announced the world's fastest coffin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      who is going to buy the hard core version of a car whose only real selling point is practicallity? i dont get this vehicle at all. another example of a brand damaging vehicle that should never be made.

      now that i think about it there is only one ss vehicle that isnt a brand damaging product, the cobalt. SS used to mean something now its a joke.
      BoomGoesThe Dynamite
      • 8 Years Ago
      At first I thought the HHR was one of the oddest looking cars on the road, but after seeing it on the lot and on the road I've really warmed up to its look. Actually, it looks pretty BA in black when approaching in traffic. I'm not saying its for everyone, but I can now see its appeal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The big question is WHY? You don't need forced induction to make a measly 260 HP. It's just more plumbing and moving parts and other garabge that can break. But it's TEH TRUBO!!!1!one
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow....a ME2 Turbo, how long before we see the ME2 convertable? I really hope that is just a mule and not a production trail, because that big box (it has an unusually nice grain looking on it for a mule part, in that it matches the other black plastic piece in the bumber) to fit the intercooler in is teh stupid looking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "260 hp with 260lb to the FRONT wheels... hmmm.. torque steer anyone?"

      Well, that's 260 lbft at the crank. Thanks to drive-by-wire and "active torque management" it's probable the wheels won't see nearly as much furry. (thankfully)

      Aveo SS. Now that's something everyone can enjoy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...Aveo SS?"

      After thinking about the idea, that could actually be kind of cool if it handled well. Chevy's American version of something like a Sport Ka. Introducing SARS...the Spec Aveo Racing Series. It'll spread like wildfire.

      Okay, time to get back on topic....if you're gonna make a vehicle, I have no issues with making the vehicle (more) fun when you can. Personally, I've really come to like the HHR (I was lukewarm about it when it first debuted...neither love/hate). It would be nice to have one as a daily driver...as opposed to a Scion xB. The idea of a hotrod wagon (or "high roof") isn't that outrageous/new. It's just a bummer that the power is going through the front wheels.

      The Rides special on the HHR was pretty awesome. Particularly the RWD V8 conversion. That was pretty hot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Sorry naggs, but, a joke? I'm sure nobody's laughing when they get smoked by a 400hp Trailblazer SS. And I don't think Joe Schmuck, in his new "THAT THANG GOT A HEMI?" Challenger is going to be in a joking mood when he gets passed by an Impala SS."

      Hahaha...Right. How about putting that Impala SS on an Autocross course with a Charger R/T and lets see how it fares. Oh don't forget to hold on real tight to the wheel since GM couldn't figure out how to manage the suspension, or drivetrain on that pig, want torque steer? You got it! Oh and as far as the Impala SS smoking the Challenger? Only in your dreams will that ever happen. Maybe once GM figures out that V-8's and FWD don't work, then we'll have some competetion. And lastly, it'll be even funnier when the Trailblazer gets spanked over and over by Jeep SRT-8.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anybody want to start a pool on the appearance of a Chevy Uplander SS? Aveo SS?
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know, GM is finally building some nice cars. It's getting fun to shop for cars again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if SS is suposed to make me think if a tiresmoking rwd musclecar, then yes it is brand damaging to make a SS version of most cars in the chevy lineup. if SS is suposed to signify 30% more power and a 1 inch lower ride then its fine. depends on what they are after.
      • 8 Years Ago
      260 hp and no weight in the back?

      Can you say, "Put this thing on blocks all winter and drive the old Cavalier to work intead"?

      Or how about, "I get lousy mileage all winter because Electronic Traction Nanny screws up my spark advance so I can make it up grades steeper than %5"?

      I've sat on a lot of trunks and/or rear bumpers of light-assed RWDS--Camaros, Mustangs, Pintos, Chevettes, Datsun B-210s and other RWD vehicles some of you snotnosed speedfreaks have never seen or heard of, trying to help drivers get traction in winter. These vehicles had either the old 1973-1987 Federal-mandated heavy bumpers or strong trunklids (or both)--neither of which is available in today's cars

      26 hp (probably an HONEST assessment of a Chevette engine's output) is too much for RWD with no weight in the back. 260 is insanity.
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