• Jun 4th 2007 at 3:35PM
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It's been a little while since we talked about the Cobalt SS Supercharged and maybe that's part of the problem. Although this sporty version of the econo-minded Cobalt and one step up from the non-blown Cobalt SS has won its share of accolades from sporting organizations and publications, it hasn't seemed to keep up with the vehicles at the head of the sporty compact class. We know that it is a competent performer, but it seems that GM has quietly decided to discontinue it. The naturally aspirated SS, however, will soldier on, but with a new name. For 2008, the Cobalt SS becomes the Cobalt Sport, and the Cobalt SS Supercharged is being dropped altogether. It could be that Chevy wants to focus more attention on the upcoming HHR SS we showed you a little while ago. Whatever the reasoning, it appears the little Cobalt that could, will be no more. Unless, of course, Chevy is just working on finding a way to get the GXP/Redline 260-hp mill into the Cobalt's engine bay. Follow the jump for the full list of changes for the 2008 Cobalt.

Thanks for the tip, Chris!

[Source: GM]

  • (21U) Laser Blue Metallic exterior color
  • (56U) Sunburst Orange Metallic exterior color
  • LTZ Sedan model
  • SS Supercharged Coupe model

New Features
  • (37U) Imperial Blue Metallic exterior color
  • (39U) Blue Flash Metallic exterior color
  • (87U) Slate Metallic exterior color
  • (JL4) StabiliTrak stability control system
  • (NW9) Traction control
  • (ASD) Head-curtain side-impact air bag delete for Fleet and Government order types
  • (UE0) OnStar delete for Fleet and Government order types

  • 1AM37 is now called Sport Coupe and the equipment group code is now 1SP
  • 1AM69 is now called Sport Sedan and the equipment group code is now 1SP
  • (TV5) Sport Package is now called Performance Appearance Package and is an available option on 2LT Coupe and 2LT Sedan. The 3LT Coupe and 3LT Sedan equipment groups are deleted.
  • (ASF) Head-curtain side-impact air bags are now standard on all models
  • (US8) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback is now standard on all models
  • (U2K) XM Satellite Radio is now standard on all models
  • Instrument panel uppers are now Ebony on all models
  • LT Sedan with neutral interior now has woodgrain trim

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      205 HP, 260 HP, 300 HP, it would need more than that to shake the Cavalier mug of its face...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a stock '06 Cobalt LS, 144hp. Not the SS at all. I've taken two new Civic Si's off the line, among other things. Perhaps they Civic owners were simply too drugged up to compete, since that's the only way anyone would actually want one.

      I spent a year checking out the econo-boxes before I bought. I test drove the '07 Honda Civic, '07 Toyota Corolla, '05 Dodge Neon, '07 Ford Focus, '07 Nissan Sentra, and a few that weren't in this segment (Chevy Aveo, etc...). At the time, I was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro.

      When test driving the Civic, there was less leg room than my Camaro; it was less comfortable, and had a worse ride. Handling, of course, wasn't as good, but then no FWD car ever handles that good. There was no excuse for it. My decade-old car had better fit and finish than the one I test drove.

      The Nissan and Mazda cars were better. Far better than the Civic, but then a SmartforTwo is better in every respect. The old Neon was far and away better, with much better handling and performance. The Toyota was just below the Nissan and Mazda.

      The hands down best car was the Cobalt. I ended up with an '06 because it was cheaper. It has better performance, more than enough room that I can seat 4 adults comfortably, handles quite well for a FWD, and on a recent 2,200 plus mile trip, I averaged 47.8 miles per gallon on 87 octane. My average speed was around 80mph.

      So not only did I pay less for a comparably equipped car, I've gotten more comfort and performance, plus excellent fuel economy.

      Only in the worst drug-induced hallucinations would anyone consider the Cobalt to be a poor car. You need a strong combination of Uncle Jack and Cousin Jim to want to subject your family to the cramped and uncomfortable conditions in the Civic. I wouldn't put an enemy in one. The other cars were competent, but either offered less performance, less room and comfort, less fuel economy, or cost significantly more. The only thing I've wished was that I'd gotten a sedan instead, as since I've gotten married.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps the performance is there. It just doesn't (didn't) scream, look I got promoted & this is what I bought...

      • 8 Years Ago
      Obviously people don't realize that the Cobalt puts down more power to the wheels than all the other sport compacts. Recent dynos of 07 SS' are putting down close to 230whp versus the Speed3's measly 216whp(as measured by automobile). On a track, the cobalt is also better performing than all sport compacts, except speed3. But to top it all off, the SS is the cheapest and most easily upgradeable. GM performance build book got ~300whp from a more aggressive cam and a ported supercharger housing.

      If i had the choice of getting myself a pocket rocket, the SS gets my vote. Although the Speed3 bests it in speed, it loses in it's truck-like engine and poor upgrade ability.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice to see that curtain airbags are finally standard. Although, I'm assuming torso bags will still be hard to find.
      I was kinda surpised to see Stablitrak will be offered. Just on certain models, prehaps? Hardly any compact cars offer this now. Just some of the high-end Civics, Corollas, and Mazda3s.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I wish Chevy could offer the Solstice's GXP's 2.0 liter turbo in the Cobalt soon."

      They will.
        far jr
        • 8 Years Ago
        Chris, you sound like someone who may be in the "know". Thanks for coming to autoblog. Just don't let the big dogs catch you... unless... just who are you anyway? You don't need to answer that, just keep providing input. We will be watching. I personally would love to see the 2.0 DI turbo in the SS. I hope you are correct!
      • 8 Years Ago
      really though, how do you think this or any other Cobalt is going to age 5 years down the road?
      • 7 Years Ago
      How many Cobalt SC were made?
      • 8 Years Ago
      like many of you i dont get why they ar taking this car off the market. i sat in one already and was like wow nice car the back seat was alittle tight but its was a nice car.im 6 foot 5 most cars i can fit into it very well but this one lots of room. i have seen alot of them floating around. i always wanted a new corvette z06 and this was really the only car that could get me not to think about the corvette i will miss it alot i hope they bring it back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i think chevy will regret taking the cobalt ss supercharged off the market so far from what i heard is they are making the 2008 model the same just without the supercharger, the ss badge and the wing on the o and its going to have a 175 hp motor in it.i really hope they bring this nice looking car back in 09.they had sumthing going good for chevy for once that could out do many foriegn cars. i will miss the car while its gone i just hope they bring it back i think they would if lots of people tol dthem they want it back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      handles like it's on rails. hahahahahah...it's a chevy not a Maserati.......sad..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll chip in and say that as a lover of small, sporty cars, the Cobalt never turned my head--I mean, look at it. Outside of the ponderous wheels and silly wing, it looks like a corporate, vanilla, economachine. It looks like a Chevy; not in a "wow the design DNA really pops" sort of way, but in a "the bowtie is the topper on another beige cake" way. Not an ounce of sleekness, tension, style . . . or even of Tough American Brutality. Just a blah car that happens to have some real power. At least with the Neon SRT-4, you got the hood scoop, air dam, brakes and a sense of perverting something cute into something evil.

      If GM can build the Solstice, they should be able to build a Civic competitor that doesn't look like a mid-90s Civic.

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