Chevrolet's convertible pickup truck is cool looking, very
fast and available only in a limited basis. If you're interested
in one, you'd better head down to the dealership before
it's too late.
The 2005 Chevy SSR gets a whopping increase of 90 horsepower
this year. Also new for 2005 are several new GM accessory
packages. They include an auxiliary gauge package (volts,
delivered torque, exterior temperature); a body color package,
which adds the exterior color to SSR's auxiliary gauge package,
engine cover insert and cargo area strips; a body color
package with running boards; and a windbreak.
The 2005 Chevy SSR is offered as a sole model.
The SSR's interior design is based on Chevrolet's twin cockpit
approach, with a horizontal cross-car bar and body-colored
accents. The satin chrome aluminum look used on elements
of SSR's exterior continues on the interior door trim and
instrument panel bezels.
Standard features this year include air conditioning, a
leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, leather
upholstery, heated power mirrors, power windows and door
locks, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player and
An optional preferred equipment group adds heated front
seats, driver-seat and mirror memory, a Bose AM/FM radio
with in-dash 6-disc CD changer, driver-side and rearview
automatic day/night mirrors and a universal garage-door
The key to the 2005 Chevy SSR (beside its strength) is its
power retractable hardtop. The first ever on a pickup, it
is the only system of its kind where the roof panels move
independently, stacking vertically behind the passenger
Engineers at GM dropped last year's 300-horsepower motor
in favor of a small-block 6.0-liter V8. Ratings for 2005
are 390 horsepower at 5400 rpm, while torque is 405 lb-ft
at 4400 rpm.
Mated to this new engine is the standard Corvette's Hydra-Matic
4L65-E 4-speed automatic transmission. Also new is an optional
Tremec M10 6-speed manual gearbox.
In yet another upgrade, the 2005 Chevy SSR's steering system
is significantly revised, including a retuned valve and
t-bar assembly, and a new bearing and friction seal package.
These upgrades provide a more precise on-center feel, smoother
overall operation and reduced effort at lower speeds.
The front suspension uses upper and lower control arms
for superior kinematics, damping and stability. SSR's rear
five-link live axle suspension features monotube shock absorbers
with mountings outboard of the frame.
Safety and Security
Standard safety equipment includes dual front airbags, side
airbags, antilock 4-wheel brakes and daytime running lights.
A theft-deterrent system is also included.