Stuffing a Corvette LS2 engine inside the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS1 turns the five-seater, rear-wheel drive SUV into a sort of street racer. The 6.0-liter V8 delivers 390-hp and 395 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed HydraMatic transmission, for 0-60 times around six seconds. A sports suspension sits lower than the LT trims, and the SS1 comes with a limited slip rear differential, stronger brakes and shocks, bigger front and rear stabilizer bars, and a self-leveling suspension. Steering response is also quicker. The double-wishbone front and rear live axle suspension maintain a truck-like feel, and you'll get noticeably more body roll than with a sports car. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires grip the road. Standard safety features include ABS brakes, stability control, tire monitor, automatic headlights, foglights, daytime running lights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. In 2008, side curtain airbags join the dual front ones.
Inside, you'll get an 8-way power driver's seat, full power features, keyless entry, a trip computer, security system, CD player with wheel-mounted controls, dual-zone climate control, a remote garage opener, cruise control, heated mirrors, a temperature display and compass, and four power outlets (two in front, one in back, one in the cargo area. New in 2008 is XM radio. With the 6.0 V8, the 2008 Trailblazer SS1 can tow up to 6800 pounds with a standard trailer hitch. The cargo area holds anywhere from 41-80 cubic feet, and a roof rack adds more versatility. The SS1 also has a sportier exterior, with a mesh grille, body-colored bumpers, front and rear air dams, and special badging. A sunroof, tow hooks, smaller 17-inch wheels, and an off-road package with skid plates are available.