• Oct 23, 2006
The Chevy HHR has been quite the sleeper hit for General Motors. Through September, 85,662 units of the High Heritage Roof retro wagon have been sold, with sales up over 14. And General Motors is capitalizing on the HHR by introducing new variants for consumers to consider. The HHR Panel was recently announced for production, and what we've all come to expect, a high performance SS model, has been confirmed. Cheryl Catton, director of car marketing and retail integration for Chevy, told Automotive News at the South Florida International Auto Show that the HHR SS gives buyers, "one more option to think about when they walk in."
SS models in the General's portfolio are a curious lot that includes the Trailblazer SS, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS, Malibu Maxx SS and Cobalt SS and SS Supercharged. Each offers performance above and beyond their more mainstream counterparts, though many believe affixing an SS badge to models that are four-fifths true performers has diluted the Super Sport moniker. Regardless, the HHR SS is expected to use the Pontiac Solstice GXP's direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 260 hp, which, along with extensive tuning in Germany on the Nurburgring, should add up to an interesting HHR, indeed.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully GM will give the HHR the horsepower kick it so desparately needs. I have an '06 PT GT Convertible, which is a great car with impressive power!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a hard time accepting the HHR as nothing more than a late rip-off of the PT Cruiser. Seeing as how unimpressive the previous SS offerings have been from Chevy, I don't expect much from the HHR. I'll take a Solstice GXP or an Aura Red Line instead.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aveo SS and the circle is complete.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not likely with the integral trailing arms, but possible.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never really warmed up to the styling of the Chevrolet PT Cruiser.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also in the works is a Chevy Uplander SS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well the folks at Chrysler are going to have to make a PT SRT4 to up their horsepower, which is 30hp less than the Solstice. It will be good competition. I would still take the PT over the HHR simply because I liked the SRT4 Neon when it existed (seemed pretty popular in St. Louis) and the same engine that was in the SRT4 is also in the GT PT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love my TBSS...I wish they could shoe horn the 3.6 with the 6 speed in their.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I quite like the appearance of both the PT & HHR. The same guy designed both, correct? I'd be interested in knowing how many buyers cross-shopped and ended up in a PT Turbo because of the higher performance that is unavailable in the HHR. Sales numbers for the PT by engine & transmission would be interesting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM has put a lot of effort into showing off the aftermarket potential of the HHR from the beginning, so a high-performance variant isn't surprising. With that engine, though, they might want to change the designation from SS to TS, as in Torque Steer. I hope they pull it off, though. It's a nice car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the HHR more than the PT Cruiser. The HHR has less of the soccer mom look and feel to it.

      But what would be interesting is if they made the HHR RWD and put the Turbo four in there. If not, AWD would really be nice...
      Felix
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've own a BLUE HHR for a year now [2.4 auto LT]. I still like the way the car looks and by all means, bring on some much needed power. I recently added the cold air intake from power systems and a rear torsion bar to help with handling, [SoCal.Com]. Lowering the HHR In NY city is not good for a daily driver, the front suspension bangs hard on bumpy roads, poor damping in a so called tune suspension. So bring on the HHR SS chevy. Lets kick some mopar ass.