• Mar 6, 2008
Click above to view more new high-res shots of the 2008 Chevy Cobalt SS

Everything looks better with proper lighting. The 2008 Chevy Cobalt SS just stepped into the studio for its glamour shots and they didn't come out half bad. Though the Cobalt itself is somewhat ancient compared to other small cars that have been significantly redesigned in the past few years, it still sells well and the Cobalt SS will likely be the cheapest cost of entry into the wonderful world of direct injection technology when it goes on sale. Its motor is the same one used in the Pontiac Solstice GXP, Saturn Sky Red Line and Chevy HHR SS. The turbocharged, direct-inject 2.0L four cylinder produces 260 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque, though is tasked with towing around a lighter weight package than other inexpensive pocket rockets like the Dodge Caliber SRT-4 and Mazdaspeed3. Torque steer, of course, is always an issue, but the FE5 sport suspension package was tuned on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany and GM promises a ride you can live with on a daily basis. As for the design, it's 95 go-fast tomfoolery. That combination makes for a great sleeper car, as the Cobalt SS does not announce itself on arrival. The 10-split-spoke wheels, subtle (and still useless on a FWD car) rear spoiler, new fog lamps and side sills are extremely tasteful. No scoops and fender vents here, thank you very much. We'll start bothering GM for one to review right now, but in the meantime check out the new 2008 Chevy Cobalt SS shots in the gallery below.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, kind of a hurried photo shoot, I think this is the first time I've seen PR photos with an actual, legitimate license plate on the vehicle. Plus they didn't stage the stereo's display well (reads "No XM Signal").

      Still, a good looking car, even if I can't fit in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      please close the or tags on [Source: GM] so the rest of the page isn't italicized
      • 6 Years Ago
      3-door please. also, any word on price and weight? the coupe aspect is a definite turn-off for me, but if they made it into a lightweight 3-door/hatchback I'd definitely be considering it for my next car...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Making it a 3-door would make it heavier and have a less rigid body structure...
        • 6 Years Ago
        the ss supercharged weighed about 2800 lbs and cost 22k or 23k with the recaros and LSD

        i hope both of those options come standard on this car, 260 hp thru the front wheel is hard enough, without a LSD, total waste of time
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooohhh Continental tires and Brembo brakes on decent wheels. I can see a lot of Cobalt SSs lifted for those.

      I'm sure it will have pretty good performance but I just can't see myself driving a Cobalt nomatter what is under the hood. They really should have put a different name on the engine, who wants to drive an Ecotec Turbo.

      Saying its the best small Chevy ever really isn't saying much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does the front of this remind me of my 99 civic si that I had when I was 18?? The headlights... bumper cover... front spoiler.. hood? Maybe it's just me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The spoiler isn't "useless". It generates meaningfull downforce: 23 pounds of downforce at 70 mph and 115 pounds at 155 mph. (Source: http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080307/FREE/787808156/1528/newsletter01).
      I still prefer no spoiler at all, but I guess it would come in handly for those frequent 160 mph blasts we all do on our way to work. ;)

      For those not too enthused about the couple (like myself) there is a 4-door SS sedan coming out later this year. I might plunk down my cash for one of them. The bang-for-your-buck ratio is hard to beat, and with gas prices going up, 23 MPG city/30 MPG highway ain't bad with 260 hp.
      Pic of the sedan:
      http://www.cobaltss.net/forums/showthread.php?t=95103
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if I can get that egg-crate grill for my 07. My cobalt will match nicely with my 66 GTO
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there a spoiler delete option? Even the Mustang has that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would still take a Mitsubishi EVO or a Subaru WRX STi over this poor pathetic excuse of a Cavalier replacement.

      By the way YES I have sat in a Cobalt and tested one for about 3 weeks. At the third week I could not wait to give it back. The seats are very uncomfortable, the turning radius is horrible, almost as bad as a 96 Eclipse RS, cannot handle harsh curves thrown at the car. It feels like it has a huge butt or a ton of concrete blocks in the rear when going at higher speeds. A Kia Spectra EX can handle this much better. Don't believe me? Go and try for yourself. I bet this is due to the low tech rear suspension. The stereo system was marginal in quality. The plastics in the car make it feel so cheesy, low tech, and cheap. Even the interior volume for this car is smaller than most in it's class. If Hyundai turbocharges the Tiburon or the Elantra then this car would be in much trouble.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would also take an evo or sti before this car.....if that pesky $15k price difference didnt get in the way.

        The interiors of the new sti's and evo's are an improvement over the last generation, but they still are not all that great for $35k+.

        It is also doing you no good to complain about the handling of this SS car due to the fact that you drove a NORMAL cobalt for a couple of weeks.

        I drive a cobalt lt, its getting me thru college, and i agree, it doenst handle all that well if you want performance handling. I, however, have driven the first generation SS and its handling was very good, night and day when compared to a normal cobalt. I would imagine the new ss would have the same, if not better, suspension set up as the last ss.


        People on this site need to get a healthy dose of perspective. This car is not meant to do battle with evos and sti's, cars that are at least $10k more. This car is ment to do battle with the other fast FWD econo boxes. Yea it has some cut corners, as do all of its competitors. Stop expecting BMW quality on a Honda civic budget
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks great. It's too bad it comes with a muffler though. It can't quite replace the SRT-4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the perfect replacement for all the clapped out Neon SRT-4s out there. I'm a bit surprised GM bothered to make the turbo version, since the Cobalt is going to be replaced in a year or two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why all the hate? It's got to be better than the SRT-4.

      Plus, I think it looks a lot more sporty than the lumpy yet oh-so-sacred Mazdaspeed3.

      And then, they're all overpowered front-drivers anyway...
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