Rendering Imagines A Modern Day Chevy SSR Performance Pickup41
The Chevy SSR (which stood for Super Sport Roadster) was an oddball performance pickup truck produced by General Motors between 2003 and 2006. While the SSR was unlike anything else on sale at the time, it still struggled to generate sales, with GM only moving around 24,000 examples of the vehicle over the course of four model years.
For this reason, it’s highly unlikely that Chevy will ever produce a new version of the oddball SSR, but that didn’t stop an amateur rendering artist from creating their own, fictional second-generation SSR.
This rendering, which was uploaded to the artist’s Instagram page this week, is based on a first-generation Chevy SSR, but has a much different appearance thanks to its Chevy Camaro SS-inspired front fascia and wider front and rear fenders. This rendering also features LED headlights, which the artist says were pulled from a current-generation Bentley Continental, along with LED fog lights, a domed hood and gloss black alloy wheels pulled from a Chevy Camaro SS. The artist appears to have fiddled with the shape of the vehicle’s roof as well, giving it a more upright shape in the rear. This makes this rendering look a bit more like the 1951 Chevrolet Advance Design pickup, in our opinion, which is the truck that the original Chevy SSR was inspired by.
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We could see a second-gen SSR like this utilizing the same 6.2L LT1 V8 engine as the sixth-generation Camaro, as well as the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. As a reminder, the original model was powered by a 5.3L Vortec V8 engine, which was eventually replaced by the 6.0L LS2 for the 2005 model year. The 5.3L Vortec-powered models featured a GM four-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed Tremec manual was added to the mix for 2005.
Let us know what you think of this fictional second-gen Chevy SSR rendering by voting or commenting below.
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And to mention, I have an ’18 SS Camaro, that as a grocery getter, nets 28mpg; and in the 30’s highway.
Never see it advertised. 98% of a C7 Corvette, at 1/2-2/3rds the price. The ZL1 with the LE suspension package will better the ‘vette on the track.
One of the best (blue-collar) sports cars made, bar none. And there’s mention it’s gonna be discontinued (2023?)
EV’s are a non starter. Takes 500,000 gallons of fresh water to process 1 ton of lithium ORE, and there are limited concentrations of lithium on the planet. Only about 2-3% of driveways will ever have EV’s parked in them.
Doesn’t anyone reserch this stuff??? Before they state no ICE’s after 2035???. GM needs a wakeup kick in the butt.
Have a 2005 with Tremec 6speed. Problem is weight unibody on trailblazer frame. The rendering of the front end would greatly help with the well documented cooling/over heating issues with the original. That said I people drool all over my SSR when I take it out and that says something especially since I live in Southern California.
LS1, LS3, LS4, LS7….I can’t keep up with all the iterations.
Base LS1 that I know of, is a 430hp 6.2 liter………..???
When I bought the “C” new, it was touted as an LS3-376cid.
As Motortrend says-
Wire ’em up, fire ’em up!
I don’t know how big the market is, but I would be a likely candidate to buy one whether it looked like the original or the version 2.0. I have an older Corvette convertible that I no longer enjoy climbing into and while I am not a truck guy, something that could haul a little bit in or pull a 2500 pound boat and trailer holds real appeal. Combine that with a hardtop convertible and it all makes sense. It could replace 2 of my cars and that would be appreciated at my house since I have 5 cars but only 4 garage spaces. If I could get it with a manual trans. it would be irresistible. Since I think this is unlikely, maybe I should be putting my ’94 vette with 30k miles on the marketing be shopping for an ’05 SSR
The market would be extremely small, which is why it won’t happen.
Old GM did that kind of thing occasionally. They also went bankrupt.
I have a 2004 Chevy SSR and will keep it, not a fan of the newer look.
No one looking for a SSR. But a scsb with 6.2 equipment would be a lot more fun. Would probably sell great also
I had a 2005 SSR with an LS2 AND 6 Speed. It was a terrific all-around automotive toy. It wasn’t a workable pick up – if it was I wouldn’t have bought one. It WAS a great cruiser and car show ride that performed well when equipped with the LS, and was a very comfortable cruiser. It was a great toy in the way that most people drive Vettes like toys, not muscle/sports cars. That said, it could haul a little bit, unless you ordered the carpeted bed.
I wasn’t a fan of the 1st gen, too heavy and the bed too tall and bulky. JMO.
I would prefer a lighter less square box and a 6 cylinder turbo and twin turbo. A more nimble and usable ute.
Love the new SSR rendering! Cannot stop staring at it!