• Jan 20, 2008

For you Cobalt fans, GM race driver and director of high-performance vehicle operations, John Heinricy, gives the 2008 Cobalt SS Turbocharged a sound thrashing on the Nurburgring. Even better, he talks you through it for much of the way. There's an interlude where he gets quiet, and if you didn't hear the car's tires squealing you'd think he was doing nothing more than going grocery shopping. So the car doesn't best the Nissan GT-R's lap time -- the track was wet, see -- but you can at least get a good idea of what the quite-capable Cobalt can do. That is, if you have a professional racer at the wheel. Follow the jump to check out the whole video.

[Source: GM Inside News]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I no its a lil late but: Thank u Thank u THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had enough of most of u so-called car enthusiasts downing chevy cuz of its more flexible use of the SS badge!!! On the other hand, i have also had enough of u chevy, always not putting enough elbow grease into bringing the SS out of a vehicle!!! Every single model chevy made could have an SS for all i care, as long as they have more than a 25HP boost and autostick!!! The cobalt SSTC is a goog example of the improvement of what im talkin about! There could have been an equinox SS, another malibu SS, hell even an Uplander SS!! As long as chevy makes the SS what it supposed to be, thats all that matters!! And another thing, okay so FWD may not be the best thing in the world, u people act like a FWD vehicle turns a vehicle inside out!! I've been holdin that in for a while, and figured that it needed to be said. Dont get me wrong, all hail the new G8, and i pray that they improve of a RWD impala, but there is nothin wrong with the grand prix or the current impala! I own a pearl white GP GXP on sum 22's with flowmaster exhaust, and i luv my whip! This cobalt looks like a good whip 4 my lil sis for her graduation present...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought it was killed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is pretty cool they shot that video. Good job GM for putting in the proper time to develope this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw the car at SEMA, and I'm actually quite impressed. Granted, it's not the nicest looking car or have a very good interior, but if you're looking for a cheap trackday toy then I think it'll do well. It comes with a very good brake package stock and the motor is stout. It'll be tough to upgrade that turbo though. Not much space and the turbine housing is integrated with the exhaust manifold.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM listen and listen good. Great little car who's specs should line up well against the mazdaspeed3, GTI, SRT4. But cars are not purchased on specs alone. This particular budget performance crowd needs some style which all the SRT4 and Cobalt sorely lack. The GTI and mazda, while plain, look refined and solid. The Caliber SRT4 is just plain gaudy and nasty inside and out regardless of its budget perfomance value. The Cobalt is somewhere inbetween and thats a shame. We're rooting for you GM, but lose the chrome for G-d sakes and look and borrow from the design leaders like Audi (with their gorgeous upcoming A4, S5, R8) and give us cars that look as great as they drive. Great job so far on the Camaro! Though with gas prices headed where they are I really hope you have some great innovations to make those wonderful small blocks fuel efficient.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Chrome? Are you blind? Aside from bordering the logos, this car is devoid of chrome.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The cheapest car you mention costs twice as much as a Cobalt. Of course it's more desirable.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For the record, I admire the cobalt's performance value, but am put off by its economy car design. The chrome comment was intended as a general comment regarding GM design not particualry this car. Look at the new ZR1 wheels, the new CTS, the Escalade, the Enclave, etc. In fact almost ALL new GM vehicles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        PRNDL in the ZR1 FTL.

        You can't get one in a Z06, why the ZR1? I mean I know why I think, but I hate it.

        Even GM seems to see the ZR1 as more of a collectors car than a vehicle that will hit the streets, let alone the track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad it can't outrun the ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      have you been in a cobalt lately? its a 20k powerwheels car! cheapest plastics. the engine compartment screams cheap! and the engine block looks like it was made in china... a hyundai accent has a better interior feel than the cobalt. no matter how fast the car is. i want to feel that i bought a car worth what i payed for.

      and this nurburing thing is getting too played out. whats next the corolla tested on the nurburing?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bow down to John Heinricy . Hes no joke of a driver.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Heinricy won the 2007 SCCA National Championship in Showroom Stock C class in a Cobalt SS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The N-Ring is a great place to test cars. Is is exactly because so many companies do this now that measuring cars by their Ring speed is not as useful a metric for overall performance as it used to be.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was supposed to be a response to post #1. Oh well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 'rings unparalleled mix of turns, elevation changes, high speed sections, hard braking zones and rough surface brings out the best (and worst) in a cars suspension setup. Sure, you can play the "it was a ringer" card when a car does a good time there and you wanna be a skeptic, or even say it was only done to generate hype, but I have a hard time believing that any serious manufacturer... no matter where they're from... would go all the way to Germany for anything less than developmental purposes.
        It isn't by accident that we see several prototypes from the best manufacturers pounding the old Nordschleife during their development stages. I've driven quite a few cars that had their suspensions tuned at the 'ring (the 1st gen CTS-V is a notable US mention.) and they all handle bloody well in the real world, in almost every real world circumstance. I've never been disappointed in the performance of any of them... except maybe that the ride on some might have been a bit on the stiff side but in any event, I never drive a high performance machine expecting to be coddled.
        For me, that's all the proof I need not to be skeptical about a car that turns in a respectable lap at the Nurburgring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pretty sweet. Didn't see much body roll either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so that's how you run the 'Ring...

      *goes to dig out copy of GT4 to play*
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it have a LSD?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, because an LSD is cheap.
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