• Oct 25, 2007
With the cancellation of the Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged (above) for 2008 and the impending arrival of the turbocharged HHR SS, speculation was rampant that GM planned to take that 2.0L turbocharged, direct-injected Ecotec and drop it in the Cobalt's engine bay. As has been shown in the past, automakers can try to keep things under wraps, but their fans find ways of digging up info, especially when that info is squirreled away on the web, and GM Inside News has organized everything neatly for us.

First up at cobaltss.net is a copy of the SAE Power Certification for a 2008.5 Chevy Cobalt powered by GM's L850 LNF engine. This is the same motor used in the Saturn Sky Red Line, Pontiac Solstice GXP, and the aforementioned Chevy HHR SS. Also via cobaltss.net, we get a link to an official GM Planned Emission Certification doc that also lists a Cobalt with the 2.0L LNF engine (the planned certification is BIN5/LEV2, by the way). So, that's it. The writing on the wall says that a Turbo Cobalt is coming. And while we don't have anything to add, you might want to mosey back here very early Sunday morning. You know, in case anything new comes up.

[Source: GM Inside News, CobaltSS.net]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      GM still makes this POS?

      It has to be one of the ugliest cars around. Turbo doesn't help fugly, but turbo FRONT WHEEL DRIVE doesn't help much either.

      Why must GM make so many mistakes...
      • 7 Years Ago
      They just discontinued this car, and now they're bringing it back with a turbo instead of a supercharger? Why? Who asked for this? The Chevy fanboys are waiting for their Camaros, not another Cobalt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the old engine couldnt meet emissions so it was discontinued. The new engine is better in any way. A cobalt SS/SC could outhandle a Mustang V6 and will probably give a base camaro a run for its money as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You could put the Veyron W-16 in this car and I still wouldn't want it. Cobalts are IMHO the most derivative ugly cars I have laid my eyes on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        FSM!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Indeed, I bless you with my noodley appendage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        all the pastafarians out there, can i get a rAMEN!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Cobalt SS remains mid-pack on my list of wanted econo-rockets (even with the turbo):

      1. Mazdaspeed 3
      2. Civic SI
      3. Caliber SRT-4
      4. Colbalt SS Turbo
      5. Sentra SE-R Spec V
        • 7 Years Ago
        Caliber before the Cobalt?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree the car is both bland and ugly, they should have kept the name Cavalier because that's exactly what it is.

      You can't deny however, that with the turbo engine it will make a good car for young tuners much like the original SRT-4. Kudos to GM for upping the ante.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is nothing like the Cavaliar which by the way was a pretty descent car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you obviously know nothing about the cobalt, or the cavalier. different engine, different platform, different tranny, different ecm, pcm, bcm. but yea, it's the same in the sense that it has 4 wheels. before you open your mouth and bash a car you know nothing about, learn something first.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of fwd performance cars, so the Cobalt SS doesnt interest me much.

      What strikes me is that GM has a 6 spd fwd manual transaxle that can handle 260hp (and, more importantly, the torque that comes with it). Why isnt it available in the Malibu, Aura, etc.?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The MS3, GTI and Caliber SRT have FWD as well. Anyone with a few smarts knows GM is not the only company making FWD sports compacts.

      sounds like you're the one making mistakes.
      ronin
      • 7 Years Ago
      This will be a real bargain, and it's great that GM will make it available.

      I don't think it looks bad at all from the outside. What I can't abide is, given the exterior dimensions, the cramped interior, including rear leg room in the sedan. The paucity of interior volume and high beltline is really inexcusable in a 21st century car like this.

      It's even worse than the disappointingly cramped interior of the Mazda 3, I believe.
      Chris Singh
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah the cobalt SS was so much better then the civic SI!! that's why it SOLD SO MUCH MORE!!(Sarcasm ends)
      cobalt ss was better supercharged...nuff said
      Brandon97Z
      • 7 Years Ago
      The lack of knowledge that some of you present is astounding. The comments about the looks i can understand as thats all an opnion, but trashing a car most of you haven't even driven is ridiculous. 1st the ss/sc doesn't have a 6-speed and the LNF balt most likely won't either (see HHR SS). 2nd calling it a "Cavalier" shows your talking out your ass. Totally different car only thing in common is FWD and the twist beam rear (which will be gone in 2010 thank god). And to the guy who thinks a base coupe civic is more appealing (i know i know its all opinion) but good god atleast pick something that doesn't look like a 97 SC2 Saturn.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is also the same engine used in the Saab 93.

      If the engine is what you're after, you might be better off with a pre-owned 93 because of the poor re-sale value, you'll get a safer car and the same fun of a FWD and great reliabiility...or there lack of I should say.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure the Ecotec 2.0L DI engine didn't even exist in 2003.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not the same engine. Same engine family. The saab has a 2.3L without direct injection.
        • 7 Years Ago
        my bad, the 9-3 has a 2L but its not direct injected. The 9-3 does indeed have a 2.3L.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm 100% certain the 2003+ 93 uses the 2.0L Turbo`d engine. I know because I've had the displeasure of owning one for 3 years. Perhaps you're referring to the Saab 95.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, harping on how you find the Cobalt ugly isn't exactly a debatable topic. I like the looks, I'm right! Come on, its not something we can really discuss. Moving on...

      This new turbo engine is a good thing, has fat torque down low. But will it raise the cost of the vehicle significantly?

      Anyways, those of you who dent the cobalt for reliability, you have the burden of proof. Show us some report of Cobalt relieability, some kind of rating please.
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