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I just read the May-June issue of Road & Track Speed, and it is notable for 2 articles: one that compares 6 sporty sedans, and another that put 4 pickup trucks, including an 05 SSR, on a roadracing track to see how they do against sportcars!

Several notable outcomes:

1. The trucks were more fun than the testers thought they would be

2. If you think the SSR is heavy (4770 lb for the one they tested), check out the Dodge SRT-10 (5180 lb) (see chart on page 86 of the issue)

3. Of the 6 sports sedans they tested, which included
Audi A6
BMW 545i
Cadillac CTS-V
Chrysler 300C SRT-8
Infinity M45
Lexus GS430
The LIGHTEST one was 3840 lb (The Lexus), AND ALL except the BMW had inferior weight DISTRIBUTION compared to the SSR! (see chart on page 72 of the issue)

4. The article on the pcikups praised the handling and overall feel of the SSR

Check it out.

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definately Jim!

the ssR is a Truck and has that feel. I would miss that persona even with the better performance of light weight. I also noticed our advantage over the Hefty SRT 10, the Lightening is probably Chunkier too.
I drive mine over the hills and through the woods to grandmas house twice a month and love the feel through the twisties :flag
 

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I wish GM would have made the SSR lighter. For instance they could have made the tonneau top cover out of reinforced fiberglass or carbon fiber. Right now it feels like i'm driving a tank.
 

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One of my biggest benifits to living in WV are all the mountains and sceinic mountain roads that wined through them, I have driven many different vehicles in my life but nothing is more fun and relaxing than to put down the top and take off on some curvey road in my SSR, it just can't be beat, even my wife agrees. :) :lol
 

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I don't think of the weight when I drive my SSR , I had it lowered and superchargered and computer flashed, It handles great, Now you get on a bad road and it rides about like my Vette did but on a nice road it is more like a sports car, When I take someone for a ride and they say the SSR is more for looks and the weight holds them back and if they had put a bigger motor in and used some reinforced fiberglass or carbon fiber, About then I get on it just alittle and that ends that, They just smile
 

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Double-L said:
I don't think of the weight when I drive my SSR , I had it lowered and superchargered and computer flashed, It handles great, Now you get on a bad road and it rides about like my Vette did but on a nice road it is more like a sports car, When I take someone for a ride and they say the SSR is more for looks and the weight holds them back and if they had put a bigger motor in and used some reinforced fiberglass or carbon fiber, About then I get on it just alittle and that ends that, They just smile
Wouldn't it be easier to have the passenger get out of the SSR.... Then step on it a lot
 

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Hey Bob....

will this one do??



P/P

Peace :flag
 

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I also often wished the SSR was lighter. But do you know why SSR weighs 6050 lbs? (check the sticker inside the door it says 6050 GVWR,GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING) Because it is 50lbs over the 6000 limit for the tax loophole. The loophole was eliminated last September but I got a great deduction since my business bought and pays for the car. No matter how you look at it I got the SSR for 20,000 after all the tax deductions. I know it sounds sick but it was legal. :reddevil
 

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BobA said:
Go drive a tank, you won't have that feeling anymore. :glol :glol :lol :thumbs :ssr :flag :seeya
Well I can drive my choice of DM, MR, or RD model Mack trucks any day of the week up to 70,000#, just a little tough to park in my driveway. :lol

I don't think an SSR has anything close to sports car handling, my beat up '92 Z28 Camaro will run circles around my SSR from a handling standpoint. To compare a SSR to a Corvette is laughable.

I can hit the off ramps from the local parkway with my Z28 at 50+mph. I tried with my SSR at 35mph and it was hairy. Not to mention the shimmy in the steering wheel from every pothole, and in NY bad roads are the norm, good roads the exception so my steering wheel is always giving feedback shimmy. I looked around for some kinda steering stablilizer like the lifted 4x4 trucks use, but no luck. Rancho does make gas shocks for the SSR, might improve body sway a little.

I know this is an SSR lovers site, i'm an owner/lover too but I don't let that affect my opinion. If my girl has a fat butt i'll tell her.
 

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Mine doesn't shimmy and I hardly ever slow down:lol :lol

On a side note: My uncle bought a Chrysler Crossfire, he says it feels every pump and hole it hits. I haven't had the opportunity to drive it yet. Anyone else tested one?
 

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I test drove an SRT 10 and have to say it was awesome.... I never thought a truck could or would run this good...

Now it has me thinking...

Also the GVWR is the total weight of the vehicle loaded to it's maximum rating..Not the base weight unloaded.
 

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... I know this is an SSR lovers site, i'm an owner/lover too but I don't let that affect my opinion. If my girl has a fat butt i'll tell her.
Wow... Oh Man, you are really cruzin on the EDGE of Extinction if you tell a lady something like that! :eek :willy:
 

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I know this is an SSR lovers site, i'm an owner/lover too but I don't let that affect my opinion. If my girl has a fat butt i'll tell her.

LOL I have heard of that kind of love
 

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I also often wished the SSR was lighter. But do you know why SSR weighs 6050 lbs? (check the sticker inside the door it says 6050 GVWR,GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING) Because it is 50lbs over the 6000 limit for the tax loophole. The loophole was eliminated last September but I got a great deduction since my business bought and pays for the car. No matter how you look at it I got the SSR for 20,000 after all the tax deductions. I know it sounds sick but it was legal. :reddevil
Doesnt gross vehicle weight mean that with the weight of the vehicle, occupants and cargo that it can be upto 6050 pounds?
 

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Colorodo said:
Doesnt gross vehicle weight mean that with the weight of the vehicle, occupants and cargo that it can be upto 6050 pounds?
The weight of the vehicle, unloaded, is approx. 4760 lbs according to the specs at the SSR website.
 
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