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Click the photo for a high res gallery of the HHR SS unveiling

At the Athens Coney Island restaurant on Woodward Avenue yesterday afternoon, as "Maximum" Bob Lutz drove up in the star of the show, Chevy General Manager Ed Peper officially introduced us to the new HHR SS. In what was a fairly low-key affair in the parking lot of the diner, Peper welcomed Lutz, Richard Childress and a couple of guys who apparently make their living driving around in circles really fast.

Bob is almost always eminently quotable, but today's highlights were a really lame joke about an old song ( we'll spare you the details) and a jab at another limited-edition paint job on a the HHR's been widely accused of cloning. After the speeches and photography were done, we did have a chance to talk to Ed Peper for a few minutes and got some more details on the latest SS model from Chevrolet. You can check out the video of the interview and unveiling after the jump.

[Source: Chevrolet]

Ed Peper Interview

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      • 7 Years Ago
      people with closed minds don't leave comments.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a raped monkey but looks are subjective. Let's just hope it's reliable and some thought went into build quality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That may be the stupidest comment I have seen yet on here. Wow, I hope you didn't hurt yourself comming up with that knee slapper.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How many raped monkeys have you seen? Maybe in the cartoons you watch? Grow up.

        This car has sold well because its a good size for many people and now it has some pep to it. Nothing wrong with that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Judging by my friend's new '06 HHR, no, build quality was not in the equation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ack... Ed needs to drop the speech cheat cards and inject some emotion. Had to mute the video.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I already have one HHR in the family (my wifes, not an SS) and have found it to be pretty far from cheapish or junk. It's well built, gets great gas milage and is actually pretty fun to drive with the standard. I also like the fact that it doesn't look like another boring honda or toyota clone, but has it's own flavor, although sure it's not for everyone. It seems that most that don't "get" the SS version, or pop off things like it's a question never asked are just simply to young and to caught up in the current teenage trends of what they deem to be cool. I'd also bet you don't yet now what it's like to need room for 2 kids, a dog, groceries etc, but still want a car with some balls and handling. Remember, just because you didn't ask the question doesn't mean no one else did. Personally I can't wait till my truck sells so I can go grab an SS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol you guys are funny, pulling the "cheap/hard plastics" card all the time unless its a luxury premium import. I looked at the interior shots, honestly it looks good to me, sporty if nothing else. Do you expect plastic to feel soft like leather or something? And anyway why do really need to caress the plastics, as long as they look good, last long, and the wheel/shifter/door handles feel all right since you actually need to touch them. I would drive one of these in a heartbeat, a nice combination of style, versatility, and economy for the performance. If some of you feel like you couldn't handle the interior of this car, I don't know you would survive in my 1990 accord lol!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its a good looking car minus the trademarks "Chevy bar" in the grill. I hate when GM insists on forcing that bar into some of their cars when it clearly doesn't fit. The rest is pretty good though but maybe it would be more popular if it had a giant wing on it and was in Fast and Furious?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Raddest Red Ride Ever!!! I'd buy one right now, but my '93 Regal still runs like a top. Holler!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I am in the minority here, I kinda like it. The thing than bugs me is only 235 hp with the auto. I wonder what that is all about??
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a piece of junk. (besides the engine)

      No 6 speed manual (dual countershaft 5,10,15,20,25,30), no 6 speed automatic 6t45
      Small brakes, oversized skinny tires, turning circle of almost 40 feet, while the wheelbase is under 104 inches, and track width is under 59 inches.
      a claimed top speed of 150mph+, while the speedo is only a 140.
      Shift with out lift on a manaul is ridiculous. You lift off the throttle to slow the engine down as quickly as possible (to reduce clutch wear), the synchronizers slow down the clutch as quickly as possible. You do both so the shift time can be as close to 1/2 second as possible.

      and the styling
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like you can put a fist through the gap between the hood and the fender and a foot through the gap between the hood and the front bumper... No thank you!

      • 7 Years Ago
      I can see why some would appreciate a car like this. If it came in forrest green, had wood paneling along the sides and a roof rack for surfboards it would look cool to me.

      But, I'm not feeling it. Mazdaspeed 3, please...
      • 7 Years Ago
      That had to have been one of the worst presentations I've ever seen. It looks like they put about 2 minutes of planning into it. "Introducing the Chevy HHR-SS" and nothing happens - no music, no car, no lights for about 5 seconds. Just silence. If you can't put any more excitement into the official release, why should anybody else get excited about the car?

      Bob, drop the cards. You don't need them - at least you shouldn't.

      Ed, nice try. And stop trying to run away from the camera.

      I want to like this car, because I really want to see GM succeed and make, yet another, comeback. When will GM stop putting 4 speed autos in cars? That 26 mpg highway would certainly improve if they did. That seems to be one of GM's new philosophies - to provide good cars with excellent gas mileage.
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