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Old 08-22-2011, 10:29 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by FaastLegacy View Post
Despite having the LS2, the SSR still wasn't incredibly quick. Why spend $45k for an SSR with mediocre performance and no utility when you could spend the same amount on a 'vette that while not practical, still had much more performance than the SSR did?
I don't think they cross shopped the two. While I agree that they could have priced it better with a blindfold and some darts, I don't think it was that far off from what it tried to do, design-wise. It was never supposed to be a performance vehicle. At least not in the way people consider the Vette. I don't think 0-60 times of 5.7 seconds(according to a quick google) and a decent 6spd manual is bad at all for a niche truck like that. Weekend cruiser, convertible fun, whatever you want to call it, the SSR was never supposed to be a sports car, or for those who want pure performance, any more that it was supposed to be a pickup truck with a usable bed.

The SSR was a lot like the Baja in that they both really didn't do anything well. The SSR wasn't fast, didn't handle well, had a useless "bed", could only seat two, etc. The Baja wasn't quick either, couldn't tow a heavy load, didn't have much payload capacity despite the bed, didn't have a 4WD system with a low range like a proper truck, etc.
I know this a matter of preference, but IMO, the SSR looked a TON better than the baja. If you thought the baja was visually acceptable, it still didn't do anything significantly better than the Outback, which was a much BETTER looking car. If you thought the SSR looked good, there wasn't anything quite like it. Again, with the caveat of idiot pricing.

The Prowler was a bit different, IMO. I believe that car could have stayed viable if it hadn't been priced out of its market. Like the SSR, it was expensive and still lacked performance although I think it could have ultimately been successful with a sane pricing strategy.
I really don't see how anything in this part couldn't apply to BOTH cars, with the only difference being that you like one and not the other, while I like both.
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