Chevrolet has released official details on the 2008 HHR SS, and much of the speculative buzz leading up to its official introduction has been confirmed. The engine will be the 260-horsepower direct-injection turbocharged 2.0 liter Ecotec from the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline.
In addition, it features a 5-speed manual transmission developed by GM Powertrain's Swedish division (read: Saab) and a suspension package calibrated on the famed Nurburgring racecourse in Germany.
Performance forecasts are 0.86g of grip, and a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds. SS-specific interior enhancements include more aggressively bolstered sport seats, and an A-pillar mounted boost gauge.
Our Take: It's about time! The HHR was a great retro package that lacked power. No more. Now...the question remains, is Chevy going to offer an SS Panel Wagon?