• Jul 13, 2007
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Yesterday saw the posting of the complete Porsche 911 GT2 Brochure on the web, making the automaker's official introduction og the car a formality. Today over at ChevyHHR.net, one of the forum members posted a brochure scan showing the 2008 Chevy HHR SS in its full glory for the first time. The topic of the HHR SS has been somewhat controversial, with some readers (and Autobloggers, for that matter) expressing concern that it's going to represent a further dilution of the SS moniker. Back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, however, we were assured by Chevy general manager Ed Peper that the Bowtie division would only apply "SS" to truly worthy vehicles going forward (hence the appearance of the 3.6 V6-powered Equinox Sport and not Equinox SS).

Follow the jump for more. Thanks to Josh for the tip!

[Source: ChevyHHR.net]



Well, the '08 turbocharged HHR SS certainly looks the part, and if what we've experienced driving the Solstice GXP and Sky Red Line is any indication, we think that it'll have more than enough punch to live up to the SS badging. The usually friendly-faced HHR gets a big dose of meanness up front, with new, blacked-out grillework and a new front bumper designed to help feed the intercooler lurking behind it. No power numbers are given in the scanned and posted information page, but we do learn that a similarly aggressive rear fascia is included along with a roof-mounted rear spoiler. SS-embroidered sport seats dress up the cabin, where the driver will find a short-throw shifter connected to a five-speed gearbox and a boost gauge mounted to the A-Pillar. 4-wheel discs with ABS are standard, as is a sport-tuned suspension. We'd expect power to be at least the same 260 horses available in the Kappa roadsters, if not more. Power will likely drive the front wheels, which appear to be 18 inches in diameter.The HHR SS will be at Chevy dealers in late fall of this year. This is one we can't wait to get our hands on.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the HHR. I wouldn't rule this one out down the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad... although I think they should have gone with he grill done for one of the SEMA concepts:

      http://www.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/tmb/10360_UZIWHSNFKBPCB.jpg

      I just think that works SO much better!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never understood why they didn't just go with that front end. I mean why bother rolling it out at SEMA and then sticking with the tacky boxy front end? Not to mention that SEMA HHR's front end fits in a hell of a lot better with their new 'design language' than the current HHR's front end does.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah CJ I agree with you on that. It does look much better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My experience with the HHR was limited to a couple of rental cars... one of which was a loaded model with leather and the large wheels. It was a pleasant-enough vehicle To qualify my comments, I'm a fan of small "wagons" having owned a BMW 3-series wagon, Mazda Protege5, and now a Mazda5.

      I think the HHR looked cool and I was looking forward to driving it. I didn't really enjoy the car, though. First, the visibility out of this thing is terrible. Between the pill-box windows, the low windshield, and the high beltline, I found it awkward to drive. I like wagons for the great visibility but this car gives up way too much for the styling. The panel version looks cool but must be impossible to see out of.

      The car drove OK... just OK. The engine was adequate, nothing more, and the handling was decent but it just felt heavy and ponderous to drive. The steering lacked the direct and accurate feel I like. My Mazda5 only has 158 hp but feels not only peppier to drive but also just feels happier when it revs. The GM Ecotec is supposed to be a reliable engine but it still feels rough and unhappy to me relative to many competitors.

      I guess I like the concept of the HHR but don't find it compelling enough to actually buy one after driving it. The interior styling is totally plain... not in keeping with the extroverted exterior. Perhaps this is one of the reasons people like their PT cruisers... even the steering wheel and shift knob match the character of the rest of the car. The HHR is just generic GM in this regard.

      I do give GM kudos for their redesigned center console controls. The new stereo and climate controls are a huge improvement over everything they had before in terms of stye and function. But, again, one could be driving an Impala or an HHR and they look exactly the same. The standard rental-car grey plastics don't do this car any justice, either.


      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, I rented a HHR to cruise the twisty-turny roads of the So Cal PCH.....man, what a mistake.

      The car handled like a burrito, was impossible to see out of (what's with the huge pillars all over the place?), had a horrible interior layout (where the hell are the window buttons? oh, under the drink holder...good idea. and what is that weird light in the roof? really, what is it?)

      the only upside was pretty damn good mileage. that's it.

      of course, I'm comparing it to an xB, so it's hardly a comparison for quality, openness and room.

      so, um, I'll pass on the SS, but I do applaud them for making one.

        • 7 Years Ago
        "The car handled like a burrito." That's the funniest thing I've read all day (yea, slow day, I know). I wish Car & Driver was written half as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a love it or hate it car. I just bought a used black 2LT and love it. The car is not perfect but its fun and has personality... unlike most econo boxes built today. With the SS's cool looking front end, 4 wheel discs, short throw 5 speed ( I had read it was going to be a six spd) and 260hp's its got personality pluSS. Hope the torque steer isnt realy bad on this front driver. Im ready to step up!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks great! I dig how the hood line flows down the body. It looks mean. I am sensing a comparison test of this, the Caliber SRT4, 4 door VW GTI, and the Mazda Speed3 in the not too distant future. A true hot hatch comparo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the hhr has way too trucklike of a ride to compare to the GTI and MS3
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would say the changes GM is putting forth allows the HHR SS to qualify as a true competitor in such a comparison test. How it rides and handles would be determined by the writers of the comparison. It does not matter how you feel the non SS HHR currently handles. The SS may get trashed in the test, but it would be fun to see how it does perform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a new HHR and so far am very impressed with the car in every way. If you're a domestic hater, or already closed-minded to the car before you've even sat in it or driven one, your mind is already made up-please don't read any further. But if you are willing to consider a vehicle that doesn't look like anything else on the road (I've driven a PT Cruiser and find the HHR is bigger and drives nicer in my opinion), the HHR more than fits the bill. It's roomy, maneuverable, reliable, and while it's no rocket, it is more than quick enough for around-town driving, and is pretty easy on gas. Downsides include a noisier engine (hey it's a 4 banger).

      I love mine and I'm glad I bought one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have owned a Chevy 2006 HHR LT for almost 2 years and I think it's a great car. I don't buy the BS that the professional writers of car reviews put out. They are paid hired writers who don't know crap about cars. Those who have driven the car for a number of years know something. Those who haven't driven it for any length of time don't know anything either. Comparing apples to oranges is ridicules. So you would compare a 2006 HHR LT at 175 hp car to a PT Cruiser GT-230 hp car. That seem fair. Duh!!! Comparing a 2006 Mazda 3 150 hp or 160 hp seem also fair. This is what I mean boneheads comparing cars with different horsepower and torque to each other is ridiculous. Chevy is the original Mfg. of good economical, common sense and pratical cars, before Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Nissan, Dodge, Chrysler, KIA, Hyundai, Subaru etc. knew what the hell a car was.
      BobA
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have read all of the comments on the HHR SS and I agree that without a doubt Tubo would wake it up BUT it should have a 6 speed manual auto available. I'm a drag racer and it's hard to be consistant with a 5 or 6 speed stick shift.
      BobA
      • 7 Years Ago
      My only concern is that, given that the PT seems to be car-for-car better than the HHR now, will the HHR SS be more sporting than the turbo PT GT? Engine power aside, the HHR's total package hasn't been impressive.

      Despite the PT's older chassis, most people seem to prefer it to the HHR and it does seem to review better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree 100% w/CJ...they should have gone with that grille from the start, that would have fought off alot of the negative PT Cruiser association. The SS version would have been a great time to upgrade to that, but no, they kept what they've got...a cool and unique Chevy small wagon would be awesome, but their current design isn't unique enough...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha HHRSS......HEARSE.....
      Not too bad though, I like it.
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