• Apr 24, 2007
We've shown you spy shots of the 2008 Chevy HHR SS in the past, however these pics are the first showing the vehicle completely uncamouflaged. The high-performance version of the High Heritage Roof can be identified by its larger wheels with five twin spokes wearing 225/45R18 rubber, a deeper front grille concealing an intercooler and a big old tailpipe peeking out from under the rear valance. There's also a discrete spoiler balanced on top of the rear hatch.
The 2008 HHR SS will be powered by the same 260-hp, turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec four-cylinder used in the Solstice GXP and Sky Red Line. The Straighline Blog notes, however, that the brakes on this test mule appear to be no larger than the stock discs. The only pieces of camo this mule is wearing are a few pieces of black tape that do a poor job of obscuring the "SS" badge aft of the front fenders. With 260 hp on tap, the SS version of the HHR should be able to do the revered SS name proud. Hopefully it will also be available for a reasonable price, perhaps replacing the Cobalt SS Supercharged as Chevy's best Bang for the Buck.

[Source: Straighline Blog]


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      DriftPunch
      • 7 Years Ago
      For a little perspective, my 1988 corvette had a claimed 245 horsepower. People, especially the younger crowd, don't 'get' how much better cars are today. This HHR will likely be able to perform on par with all but the most extreme musclecars of the 'golden era' of musclecars, including those wearing SS badges. And, it won't be a POS!

      These are truely the golden years of cars!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 HHR 2LT, originally purchased as a platform to demonstrate my buisness's audio/video, suspension, and performance installations. I've liked the little car, and it's received much more positive recognition than my stock-appearing 300C.

      Had this been available from the offset of production, it would be parked in my garage. It would be wearing the "Shnog" license plate, rather than the wimpy 2.4L HHR that's in there now. Damnit all, now I have to start from scratch!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.4 I4 is plenty of engine, it just needs a 6 speed automatic backing it up. 6t40

      It was upped 3 ft-lbs and hp to 175hp & 165ft-lbs for '07 and remember, premium fuel is still needed to reach those numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the hhr isnt really a bad car to drive but its just dont deserve to have the ss symobol on it all the ones i have seen have people o atleast in there 60 or more no young kids drive them if they do i havnt seen any the cobalt ss is a better car al around looks any everything.just hope they bring the ss coablt back in 2009 but better with the engine out of the saturn ion red line has in it. i havnt heard one bad thing about the coblat ss why are they taking off the cobalt ss its stupid that they are
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too Bad this car wasn't the size of a Malibu or Impala. It would have made a great family hauler and the fuel economy would have been the same as it is now. I am a GM guy but they need innovation instead of imitation? If the new Riviera Concept is the sign of things to come they have a chance but this beating a dead horse over and over is getting old. The new Camaro is going to be an antique by the time they get it to market. I don't why they insist on promoting a car 3 years before it goes on the market? They can't even accept reality. They are looking at the pipe dream down the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont see y yall are makin a big deal. To me if it performs really well, if it has an agressively sporty interior, then it must be worthy of an SS moniker. I've never been an HHR fan, but I mite consider this vehicle. If yall wanna get on wut vehicles deserve an SS moniker and wut doesnt, look at the Impala/outgoing Monte Carlo SS. Sticking a SUV sized V8 didnt make the front wheel drive vehicle better than the Charger R/T, did it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #5 Many in the automotive press have speculated that the Cobalt will get a turbocharged engine for the next version of the SS
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man if ony I was in the market right now. This should be an awesome practical rocket. It should sell like crazy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have just dropped that engine into the Cobalt and scrapped the supercharger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I currently own an Impala SS, and even though the Impala has received plenty of bad press and comments, I truly enjoy driving my car. It’s not a rally car by ANY stretch, but it’s definitely a great 4-door sedan. To each his own! I’m going to be in the market for some sort of small / mid sized CUV in about a year, and even though 260 HP through the front wheels doesn’t sound ideal, the HHR SS will be at the top of my list of car to consider. I will also be looking at the Chevy Equinox sport. Just because something doesn’t fit the original paradigm of the SS badge, doesn’t mean it is “crap”. Things change, and we (as buyers of new cars) need to embrace all the great choices that exist right now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Same HP? The Cobalt S/C makes 205 hosepower, and 200 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the turbocharged engine that's going in this thing (the same one that's in the Sky RL and Sol GXP), which has 260/260.

      55/60 is quite a significant difference.
      • 7 Years Ago
      maybe this car deserves it lol. I'm still waiting for the Chevy Aveo SS
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