Copyright: 2008 Chad A. Hart - Chad@HartLX.Com
Power: 180 hp @ 4,400 rpm
Torque: 240 ft*lbs @ 2,800 rpm
Rear-end: posi-traction locking differential
4L60-E Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic
Quarter-mile: 16 seconds @ 82 mph
0-to-60: 8.7 seconds
Approximately 2 inches lower than standard S-10
Independent front suspension, solid rear live-axle
Front coil springs, rear leaf springs
Front and rear 46mm Bilstein gas-charged shocks
Front 33mm sway bar, rear 23mm sway bar
Power Steering - 12:1 fast ratio
200ft skid pad: .82 g’s (2000 Mustang GT - 0.84 g's)
600-ft slalom: 69.0 mph (2000 Mustang GT - 65.0 mph)
What Does This Mean?
The Chevy Xtreme was fun to drive, that's what it means!
the basic drivetrain was "stock" S-10 and 180 HP is pretty anemic by
today's standards for a 4.3 liter engine, the Xtreme was very agile and
still very capable on the highway. The Vortec 4300 didn't
provide amazing horsepower, but instead provided good torque
throughout the powerband.
It still delivered that "Chevy thunder."
The sport suspension meant the truck could corner and grip the road. It's turning radius sucked - so it was like a lame cow in a parking lot - but if I was going highway speed I could do amazing things. Sometimes these amazing things were very stupid, but they were still amazing!
Some of the best things about the truck were some of those "very special GM" things, including:
Controls the cruise, wipers, turn signals, and hi-beams...on one left-hand stick.
Never needed to worry about turning the headlights on or off, now that's progress!
3 Accessory power-outlets
Never had to use all of these at once, but I definitely used 2 at a time!
Radio can still be on w/ no key in ignition, etc, but battery has rundown protection, too.
Easy to use, sounds good, has enough power.
Some have called it plasticy, I call it utilitarian and high-tech looking. Other cars I've been in feel like washing machines or alarm clocks or something.
GM Trucks classic 20 year-old dome light
Used from at least 1980 to 2004 - without change. It was like reaching back into time when turning the light on.
Chevrolet S-10 Xtreme