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Exclusive-LS2 powered SSR confirmed

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LS2 Powered SSR Coming to a GM Dealer Near You in 2005!

GMI Editor Rex Raider's Rendering of New SSR Color
(No one has seen this color yet, so please remember the rendering is an educated guess)

In a follow up to an earlier GMInsidenews article concerning the future of GM’s performance trucks, we are glad to report that the first piece is essentially confirmed.
We are referring to the first part of GM’s performance truck tri-fecta, a high performance SSR. Word is spreading around the internet that a dealer briefing took place this week in which GM shared the first official details of this new SSR. The basics are that the 2005 SSR will have an all aluminum 6.0 Liter LS2 V8, a new six speed manual, an upgraded 4L65E transmission, new bluish-purple hue changing paint color, upgraded rear end, and other detail bits. The new SSR is reported to be capable of low 5 second 0-60 sprints and sub 14 second quarter-mile passes. These upgrades had been planned from the beginning, as the SSR is Chevrolet’s halo truck.

Also to clarify things, this is the second version of the LS2 rumored by many sources. To be honest, in simplest terms the LS2 (both versions) is nothing more than an aluminum evolution of the LQ9 iron engine in the Silverado SS with Gen IV upgrades. This means that while the iron 6.0L will continue in the various truck apps, all performance versions will have the aluminum 6.0L block and be referred to as LS2 (a nice marketing ploy). LS2 Version 2.0 will likely be rated in the neighborhood of 380-390 HP with more tuning towards TQ. It is designed to be used in both car and truck applications and is can pretty much fit anywhere the 5.7L block can. This two pronged approach shadows GM's treatment of the LS1 when they had the 350 HP Corvette LS1, and the "slightly detuned" F-body LS1, only now they are sharing 6.0L with truck applications and further spreading development costs. The LS2 will next year be the top engine in the C6, so in my opinion, I would not expect the SSR or any other LS2 powered vehicle to carry a 400 HP "rating". Expect to see this new LS2 in the Trailblazer SS (the SSR is a Trailblazer, so this obvious), Silverado SS Shortbox, and........(sit down).....possibly the high performance GTO. Eventually the 5.3 Liter and 6.0 Liter Gen IV engines will replace the 5.7 Liter in all applications.

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:eek: wow, good news indeed!
great rendering too, I was allready fedup with those yellow ssr's ;)
And at the current price of the travesty known as the SSR ($42k) all of these upgrades should make it as expensive or more expensive then a well equipped Corvette.

Wonderful. :rolleyes:
Originally posted by Branden@May 3 2004, 12:17 AM
and........(sit down).....possibly the high performance GTO.
Yea, I'm sure everyone saw that coming :bounce: . When they release the 2005 specs (which probably won't be till later so people buy all the 18,000 2004 GTOs and don't hold out for '05) they'll probably be more options like sunroofs, ground effects, etc hopefully. Convertible hopes anyone :)

And yea the SSR with the 6L/6 Spd is great. You can actually do burnouts with it, unlike the current 5.3L that can barely chirp the tires, even if you cut the wheel all the way. And it doesn't feel as doggish as the current SSR. I just wonder how much $ that option will cost, esp with the chameleon paint.
I drove an SSR for an entire weekend and I was surprised how fast it was. It wasnt doggish at all. I mean, its not Corvette fast, but for what it is its fine. This will make it even better
This sounds amazing, it's what the truck should have had all along. I'd love to have one of these trucks with a 6.0 and a 6 speed. I hope it becomes the standard engine and not an expensive option. I'd hate to be one of the guys that had to shell out over MSRP for an underpowered one.
think of it this way.
How many cars use the aluminum 5.3? the SSR and I think the Buick and Saab SUV's...

How many cars will use the 6.0 LS2? GTO, Corvette, CTSV, Camaro, and countless Holdens that are exported all around the world. The LS2 should be a much cheaper car because of such a massive production. But because it offers more performance, sounds like the SSR is gunna jump in price.
it won't be that much cheaper, cause what u have to remember the GEN III has been inserted into Holdens/HSV and the Monaro/GTO since 1998 so really the only new cars to get the GEN III in past 12months are the CTS-V and the SSR and judging by the production of these cars the cost reductions will not be that great
Speedy Occa

This was confirmed last week on along with all of the changes for the 2005 model year's SSR. Use the link to see all the changes.
Good guess on the color, but it is actually darker and more green than how it is shown here. By the way, it will also be available on Tahoe, Suburban, and Avalanche.
Old news to me. I reported that over at on 4/15. I have sources also. :D

The 2005 GTO will also get LS2 rated at 385-390HP :D
So the SSR finally gets the engine/tranny that it should have had all along. That's great news!

Honestly, I'm not so sure why the 6.0 C6 engine is so protected in terms of not having other vehicles have the same engine with equal or greater output. The same engine in a heavier car (the SSR, for example) would still translate into lesser performance compared to the Vette; 400 hp/lb-ft torque is going to move a 4760-pound SSR more slowly (though still relatively quickly) than it will the 3179-pound C6. Perhaps I could buy the argument more with the GTO and Corvette, though the same basic argument may still apply.

Perhaps it's a psychological thing?
I think the reason is just because the Corvette is such a large icon for GM, that if someone shares there engine, it might steal its thunder, even if its not as fast. Just a guess.
SSR LS2: sweet!
bigals: Chevrolet Corvette is more 'supercar', I think. SSR is more 'retro musclecar'. I don't think that SSR's retro muscle vehicle will steal the Corvette's flagship image. Corvette always gets most of the buzz.....
It's an old unwriteen GM rule that no other GM car can have more HP than the Corvette. Even though there have been some before, they were de-rated to sound slower. ;)
This is very true. I remember back in 1981 when the 4th gen F-bodies were introduced they were supposed to get the Pontiac 301 turbo with over 200hp and 340 lbs ft of torque which would have outdone the 82 vette. But good 'ol GM put the ax on that one. Some things never change.
GTO with LS2 and 6-speed. SSR with LS2 and 6-speed.
I just wish they could make an LS2 and 6-speed with an
entry price under $30K! What about us poor folks?!
I have a sample of the new Aqua Blur on the 2005 SSR on my 2005 Color Chart. And I don't like it that much it looks to much like that Dark Tropic Teal. But I guess I won't know for sure until I see it on the truck its self.
Does it look anything like my interpretation?
Does it look anything like my interpretation?
In a "through the magic of interpretive dance" sort of way.

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