Motor Trend “Generation Gap” Spotlights Chevy Pseudo-Trucks - Video
Motor Trend’s YouTube program “Generation Gap” continued today with a new episode. The program, which features a lighthearted rivalry between a classic-car apologist and a fan of modern metal, compares two vehicles from different eras that comply with a specific theme. Davin, who owns a few classic Chevelles, and Matt, who drives a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, each select a car or truck, then argue about which one is better.
This week’s theme is “Pickup trucks,” including the quotes, because they won’t be comparing your typical work vehicles. Instead, they’re evaluating the merits of lower, sportier trucks. In this episode, that means matching up the 1970 Chevrolet El Camino and the 2004 Chevrolet SSR.
It’s not a totally apples-to-apples comparison, as the El Camino takes most of its architecture from the contemporary Chevy Chevelle station wagon, while the SSR comes from the Trailblazer family. To boot, the El Camino comes with a massive 7.4L V-8 and “rock crusher” four-speed manual, while the SSR makes do with an automatic transmission mated to a 5.3L small-block V-8 that’s been supercharged and breathed on by the go-fast gurus at Lingenfelter.
Here are some quick stats for you, if you haven’t already made up your mind which one you’d rather drive home. The SSR makes 385 hp from its modded engine, which eclipses the 360 horses made by the big-block El Camino. However, the extra displacement in the old truck means that its bone-stock 500 lb-ft of torque absolutely stomp the SSR’s 395 lb-ft.
However, numbers only tell a small part of the story. For some people, the SSR’s power-retractable hardtop, modern air conditioning, and ’50s styling are irresistible, and for others, the El Camino’s originality, vintage driving experience, and V-8 rumble can’t be topped. Find out which one the “Generation Gap” guys decided they liked best in the video below, and be sure to vote on your favorite as well.
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