Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Short Take Road Test Car Reviews…

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Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged

A pill for the Camaro blues.

2005 BY RON KIINO PHOTOGRAPHY BY G. RUSSELL

The fact that the Camaro is gone but not forgotten change the fact that still gone. When pulled the plug on that muscle car after 2002, it only the Corvette to satisfy the brand’s horsepower junkies. The leap from the Camaro to the was cavernous. Back in ’02, a Z28 cost about $23,000, and at $42,000, a Corvette listed for double. Thus, horsepower who were cost conscious forced to get their fix elsewhere. all, it wasn’t as if dealers push the rental-fleet Cavalier as a block from which to into a Corvette (although of them probably tried).

So after a few years of not offering an sports car, Chevy is with a stepping stone to the the $21,995 Cobalt SS Supercharged. A far cry the rear-drive, V-8-powered, 3400-pound the 2911-pound SS Supercharged scorches its tires with only a engine—it nonetheless performs earshot of the old Z28. Our test which resembled a sunburned ripped from 0 to 60 in just 5.9 and through the quarter-mile in only at 100 mph. The last Z28 coupe we in February 1999 was quicker but not out of to 60 in 5.2 and the quarter in 13.8 at 104. the Cobalt outgunned the Camaro on the g versus 0.84—and in 70-to-0 posting a distance of 160 feet, 22 than the Camaro and just short of a Corvette Z51 (Almost , C/D, December 2004).

Thankfully for Chevy, the Cobalt’s also put it in the same league as the rival $21,195 Dodge The Dodge, armed with a turbocharged four-cylinder, is quicker to 60 seconds) and the quarter-mile (13.9 at but, like the Z28, around the skidpad (0.86 g) and in 70-to-0 braking (169 Since we were unable to the two econo-rockets back-to-back, we’ll our in-depth comparisons for an upcoming But we can tell you that projecting a through a stretch of curvy road or on a racetrack would be to impossible.

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Creating a car with as much for the buck as an SRT4 is a formidable but Chevy has arguably done it the SS Supercharged. GM’s Performance began with Delta foundation for the lukewarm Saturn bolted on a plethora of performance to get things boiling. Underhood is the LSJ Ecotec four-cylinder that, by an Eaton supercharger, produces 205 and 200 pound-feet of torque. To transfer the engineers opted for a Swedish-built FGP manual transmission—the same found in Saab’s 9-5—and the throws to four inches for a feel. The combo works. The although not as precise or effortless as, the six-speed in an Acura RSX Type-S, is a fluid and easy-to-use gearbox makes driving the Cobalt especially since the 2.0-liter is a refined, willing, and bulletproof It’s clear more can be had from the LSJ, and the performance are putting together a kit to boost to about 230.


With that many on tap, Chevy made the SS Supercharged could keep corralled. Compared with a Cobalt coupe, the SS Supercharged unique strut valving, springs, larger anti-roll a quarter-inch-lower ride height, brakes with high-performance and 18-inch forged alloys 215/45 Pirellis. Our tester had the $1500 Performance package adds Recaro front and a Quaife limited-slip differential. our local handling loop, the displayed minimal body and understeer, as well as impressive grip that felt by the LSD. There is noticeable tug to deal with when a tight turn under throttle—two hands on the wheel are a Otherwise, there’s little to about, dynamically. The steering a medium-heavy feel for optimal the brakes are fade-free and easy to and the ride is tolerably stiff.

The Cobalt SS Supercharged might be a econobox, but it punches the scorecard big-league numbers. Is it a home Close. Think of it more as a double—out of the park but still hit from scoring.

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