AW Preview - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado SS RWD

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    Super Smoker: Chevy’s 2wd Silverado SS lights ‘em up

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    MIKE FLOYD
    Posted Date: 5/19/05

    As the digital camera was passed around, grown men giggled and guffawed over the image of a spanking-new, victory-red Chevrolet Silverado SS in the midst of a wicked brake torque, its bed enveloped by a fog of white-hot smoke. It is exactly the kind of rubber-shredding fun you are supposed to have piloting the rear-wheel-drive version of the Silverado SS.

    Since its launch as a 2003 model, the Silverado SS has been an all-wheel-drive truck. It has always had muscle underhood, thanks to its 6.0-liter V8 boasting 345 hp at 5200 rpm and a torque rating of 380 lb-ft at 4000 rpm, mated to a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic. The extended-cab truck’s Z60 performance upgrade features sport-tuned suspension bits and 20-inch rims.

    It is a potent package, but one that left some customers wanting more when the awd kicked in and spoiled the tire-squealing histrionics delivered by other sport trucks like the Dodge Ram SRT-10 and the discontinued Ford SVT Lightning. Want no more, Bow Tie Brigade.

    Chevy also dialed back the new variant’s trim level, lowering the price to just north of $36,000, a substantial savings over the awd model. The truck moved to a front-disc, rear-drum brake setup compared with the awd model’s four-wheel discs.

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    The Intimidator SS was unveiled at the Dale Earnhardt Inc. headquarters during Dale Earnhardt Day festivities.

    For those looking for more panache and exclusivity to go with the rear-drive, there’s the Intimidator SS, a special-edition model honoring the life and legend of the late Dale Earnhardt.

    “Big E loved his Chevy trucks,” said Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s Steve Crisp during a tour of the DEI works in Mooresville, North Carolina. “He used them for all sorts of stuff.” Earnhardt also had several Chevy trucks in his personal collection, Crisp noted.

    As Chevy’s first NASCAR-themed truck, the loaded-up Intimidator SS model is adorned with a number of appearance enhancements. The exterior gets a tailgate spoiler, silver front-grille inserts and Intimidator SS badges. Several classy touches, such as the embroidered Dale Earnhardt legacy logo on the front headrests, are sprinkled throughout the cab’s interior. Only 1333 of the Intimidator SS models will be made, with sales starting this summer. You can get them in any color, as long as it’s black.

    As GM’s present full-size trucks near the end of the production line, the addition of the Silverado SS rear-drivers couldn’t be a better way to send them out—in a tire-smoking blaze of glory.

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    2005 CHEVROLET SILVERADO SS RWD
    ON SALE: Now
    PRICE: $36,440
    POWERTRAIN: 6.0-liter, 345-hp, 380-lb-ft V8; rwd, four-speed automatic
    CURB WEIGHT: 4934 lbs
    0 TO 60 MPH: 7.5 seconds (mfr.)


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  2. TriShield

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    Apparently the redesigned Silverado SS will be packing an LS2, and a choice of extended cab, manual transmission, and AWD.
     
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    I think my truck can accelerate faster then that :mamoru:
     
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    KDubb needs one. Tax write-off and all.
     
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    The Hemi can outrun it as well. :mamoru:
     
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    yeesh...I even checked the 0-60 specs to make sure i was 100% right...chevy still can't get that performance pickup thing down
     
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    no Gen IV truck engine, no care :hs:
     
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    Until the LS2 is put in it, the Silverado SS is :weak:
     
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    They're actually popular here, probably because of the AWD thing. :o
     
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    The one spec that sort of catches my eye is DRUM brakes on the rear?? Haven't ALL fullsize trucks came equipped with 4-wheel disc for a while now?? Do they think being able to burn out is THAT important, that they will get rid of that feature?
     
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    What makes you think it will be an LS2... in that article it doesn't make any mention of a motor change... in fact it points to it continuing to be the same.
     
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    0 TO 60 MPH: 7.5 seconds (mfr.)

    That fucking sucks! My bone stock 4cyl Mazda 3 gets 7 seconds to 60. :mamoru:
     
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    GM's fullsize trucks and SUVs are being redesigned for 2007, and there's a good chance the next SS will be packing an LS2. It may even be blown.
     
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    Ahhhhh.... I missed the "redesigned" part. I thought you were referring to the 2WD model being offered this year.

    On that note, any spy pics/info on the new trucks?
     
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    It's been pretty hush-hush. They actually fast-tracked them recently in order to get a new product for the increased competition in the market.
     

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