CD First Drive - 2006 LS2 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS

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  1. TriShield

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    Camaro Reborn

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    Review and photos by Michael La Fave
    January 16, 2006

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    Some people lament the death of the Camaro. I don't, it was a total piece of junk. Sure it was fast but what an unrewarding car to drive. Big, ponderous, made from plastic and what wasn't plastic was welded together with plastic! Ugly too. In fact the only Camaro I ever drove that was any fun at all was at a driving school and the only reason it was fun was because they didn't care what happened to it and neither did I.

    For those, however, that truly miss the Camaro and aren't ready to wait for the production version of the Camaro concept seen at the recent Detroit auto show, Chevy has a very Camaro-like vehicle in its stable, except that it's disguised as a truck.

    In fact the Trailblazer SS is a better car than the old Camaro ever was
    even with its body-on-frame construction, live axle at the back and tractive AWD. Despite the inherent drawbacks of trying to make a performance car out of a truck GM's engineers have done a remarkably good job.

    The Trailblazer's only real drawback, and it's a big one, is the absolutely dreadful interior. The dashboard looks like microwaved Rubbermade containers but of inferior quality. It is an absolute riot of mismatched shapes and textures.
    There isn't a heckuva lot of interior space either but there wasn't any in a Camaro so we can forgive it that. The leather front seats with 'SS' embroidery at least are supremely comfortable and well made.

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    The interior is made to look that much worse by the handsome and refined exterior. Smooth flanks, bulging fender flares, angry headlights and massive 20-inch wheels make the 'SS' look like an auto show concept truck. I even like the single exhaust outlet – dual exhausts are passé if you ask me. Better still is the sound that comes out of the tailpipe. I don't know why but the Trailblazer SS, and the SSR retro-pickup for that matter, sound way better than the Corvette. Deep burbling at idle and a monstrous roar at WOT – it's bloody wonderful.

    The SS has bark to match its bite too. The 6.0-litre LS2 V8 churns out 395-hp (it probably makes the full 400 like the 'Vette but Chevy no doubt wants to save face for its halo sports car) and hooked up to all four wheels via a four speed auto it's a point-and-shoot tactical terror. Despite the SS' hefty weight, the LS2 can easily propel it to over 200 km/h and from a dead stop its seems to gather up its skirt and leap off the line. If anything it could use more precision in the throttle response to avoid snapping the necks of elderly passengers like dried twigs.

    Of course the downside to all these antics is a voracious appetite for Saudi-champagne. In a week of driving I never did better than 17 L/100 km and I was even trying at times. Once you realize, however, that the SS isn't going to challenge a Prius for economy you just give up and give 'er all the time.

    Lest you think the SS is a one-trick, dragstrip pony I'm pleased to inform you that it actually corners too. Throw it into a bend and it wobbles a bit on its stilts but once those massive tires are hooked up you can pour in the torque and explode past the apex. Discipline is required, however, as the stability control system cannot be fully disabled and ham-fisted inputs just result in brutalized tires. Within its limits it's a blast.

    The only competition on the market for the SS is DCX's new Cherokee SRT-8 and though we haven't driven it yet we expect it to be sharper and even quicker thanks to its 425-hp 6.1-litre HEMI V8 and the generally competent chassis engineering of the SRT guys. Stay tuned for that.

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  2. spooled2.2

    spooled2.2 OT Supporter

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    Still a piece of GM shit. Will depreciate faster than GM's stock can fall.
     
  3. about:blank

    about:blank Whether you think that you can or that you can't,

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    Wow, this guys is just trying too hard. It's a cool truck he shouldn't quit his day job.
     
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    impulse_Z The Champagne of OTers ™

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  6. spooled2.2

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    If I was GM's Marketing Manager I would see that these asshats only got base cobalts to test from now on. Going to print with pics of an engine bay with mud spray. That's unacceptable. You never see that in US publications.
     
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    I want the holden Cross 8 to come over here :(
     
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    And that engine bay shot is bullshit. I have 2400 miles on mine and the engine bay is still clean.

    edit: this is after scottwax washed it for me :bowdown:
     
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  9. CrosseyeLion

    CrosseyeLion delight in our youth...

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    The sticker on the SS at NAIAS showed 408hp :noes:
     
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    about:blank Whether you think that you can or that you can't,

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    That is the best looking SUV hands down :bowdown:
     
  11. 396Hawk

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    And that is probably why you aren't GM's Marketing Manager.
     
  12. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    INTERIOR IS SHIT.. but it is a GM..
     
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    How fast from 0-60 Mph or 0-100 Km.?
     
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    With a simple tune these SS's are beating the new Jeep SRT. Not a lie.
     
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    You sound like a fucking broken record.
     
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    I think that the truck looks good. I would take one if they made one with a 6 Speed, that would be fun. I saw one of these trucks driving, it was black with chrome rims, the thing looked awesome driving down the road.
     
  17. JohnnyBeagle

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    My tune is on order.

    One guy ran a 13.51 with the tune, 13.99 without :bowdown:
     
  18. Camaro > rice

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    dissing camaros ftl, i quit reading after that, dude that wrote it can die in a fire
     
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    MAD PUNK inDC Sic Semper Tyrannis

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    and they actualy pay people to wright this shit? :ugh:
     
  20. IslanderOffRoad

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    WTF Instrumentation?

    All black and a white tach?
     
  21. 396Hawk

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    You know what they say about opinions... I could care less what someone else thinks.
     
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    you know you out of ideas when your comparing a SUV to a camaro.. :mamoru:
     
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    chubby should just give up while they have a couple pennies left..wait, they dont have a couple pennies left
     
  24. RyeLou

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    Respectable but I'd like to see the race after the SRT had something equivelant done to it.
     
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    It would still be $10k more expensive and I don't think they've cracked the ecm code for the 6.1 hemi yet
     

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