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HHR SS

HHR SS

Los Angeles Convention Center

Take Chevy's cool little HHR, add an intercooled turbocharger to the tidy 2 Liter four-banger Ecotec (one of the most advanced engines made by any car company) and the answer is: TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY front-tire smoking horses ... Which sort of defeats the original purpose of the engine, that is, to be a peppy little powerplant that's also a fuel miser, having been developed with GM of Europe input and all ... With enough "handsome side, front and rear color-matched plastic cladding" to sink a fleet of Japanese ships bringing Subarus to the US, HHR SS will no doubt be a best-seller. One hopes their numbers remain low and their prices remain high, and that HHR SS becomes something of a collectible ... Which probably will not happen. But it would be nice to see GM get a bunch of power and save a lot of gas at the same time from some of their vehicles. I mean, we know they can do it!

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