• Mar 9, 2008
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Chevy's Cobalt SS Coupe goes on sale soon, but the door count comes up short for some folks who would otherwise consider the turbo-fed modern-day Z24. Powered by the 2.0 liter turbocharged Ecotec four that does an uncanny impression of a small block V8, the Cobalt SS looks to offer a significant grin coefficient for $22,995. There's only a few options, this being a top-dog model. A limited-slip differential will help hardcore drivers power out of turns and costs $495, and the only other boxes to tick are for a sunroof, metallic paint, and a rear wing – all items we'd gladly omit to save weight and cost. In contrast to the equally-priced HHR SS, the Cobalt SS wears summer-only Continental tires and also carries a beefier brake package from Brembo. The porting of the hot rod powertrain to the four door bodyshell is another beacon of hope for those who find a two door impractical (ever tried to wrangle a baby seat into a coupe?) but still want to have some fun, and the reasonable price of entry makes the SS and its quick, competent performance an attainable domestic entry in the economy missile segment.

[Source: MotiveMag]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you really concerned about the 11 lbs a sunroof would add?
      Do you drive with the gas tank half full to reduce weight?
        • 6 Years Ago
        How much does 11 lbs matter naggs?

        0.00000000000000000001 second difference 0-60 mph?

        Quantify please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's less to do with 0-60, and more to do with structural rigidity, and also center of gravity.
        That "11 lbs" is at the highest possible point on the car, raising the center of gravity for the entire vehicle a smidge.
        A big hole in the roof doesn't do wonders for how stiff the body shell is either.
        My old Mazdaspeed Protege didn't have it available for these reasons. And my Cobalt SS sedan which will likely replace it when it goes on sale won't either.
        Are the differences noticable to someone who doesn't autocross or do track days? Probably not. If someone does get the sunroof, for the love of god, get the LSD first! ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        when you take into account that it is in the worst possible place, it matters

        the whole point of this car is maximum performance for the dollar, why compromise that. its not like all of the sudden, with a sunroof, the interior is going to be nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, I do drive with a half-tank for exactly that reason. I'd also skip the sunroof, but that's because I need every half-inch of headroom I can get.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of you guys must be on drugs. When it comes to import quality Honda & Toyota sit at the top. Nissan and Mazda aren't any better than domestic cars. The Colbalt SS looks cool. Way better than the HHR SS and Caliber SRT-4. I would buy it before I would buy Mazda 3 or Sentra SE-R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Raydude, As soon as this year's JD Power survey you will find that Toyota and Honda are not sitting alone at the top. They have been joined by Ford. Maybe you should stop drinking the drug spiked Kool-Aid that Toyota and Honda has been slipping you so that you wouldn't notice that their lead has deteriorated and at least one of them may very well be passed in this year's JD Power survey. Ford has finally figured it out. It is not the people, it's the process and they are fine tuning the design and build processes more and more with each new model. Don't listen to me, do the research yourself. JD Power, Strategic Vision and even Consumer Reports can't deny the fact that Ford's quality is top notch. You can continue to pay premium prices for your imports but you will have to come up with a reason besides quality to rationalize it. Perception will eventually lose out to reality and that's when you will have to look in the mirror and ask yourself "Why am I so stupid?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see how everyone compares the Mazda 3speed to the cobalt it looks horrible, I just went to Mazda's site and checked it out and I cant figure out why so many people are raving about it. Its soo ugly! I hate hatchbacks. And so did most Americans, Subaru tried selling impreza's back in the day in the US but they never sold like they do in Japan, and trust me I have lived in Japan for two years now and they are all over the place. Besides if they had put a better interior in the car they wouldn't be able to keep the price down. And to all the people who say they are not worth a damn, I have had 2 cavaliers, the predecessor to the cobalt, and one had 175K miles on it b4 the head gasket went and the last one I had, I saw a year after I sold it with over 225K miles on it. My grandma has two of them(which is why I HAD to buy one) and both still run great. I hated the 03 cavaliers and was happy to see this new SS cause the old one just wasn't up to par. I think GM is on the right track. 260Hp and 30+MPG thats a great combo. I have a 06 legacy GT with 250hp and I barely get 23 on the highway being really nice. I would easily buy this one when I get back to the states. Oh and I heard of people wanting a Mitsubishi instead, and some people claim they are "reliable" cars, yea I have seen and owned way too many of those cars and as far as I am concerned, they are a piece of S@#$! People keep giving me them. I guess for good reason. As soon as I get back I am more than likely going to get one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, I tried to be open minded when I went to a recent auto show. It looks, OK, but still shows roots to the Cavalier...

      The interior in the Cobaltalier was so substandard, so was the entry level Saturns. GM still lives in the paradigm that small means economical.

      It runs behind the competition in a bad way. So you can impress the trailer park crowd w/raw stats... ...or buy high quality and have a fun ride too


      Folks, keep in mind you can put a hot engine in a pinto, and add go-kart handling, put that doesn't beat the Civic Si, or GTI or Mazda 3 Speed or Nisan Sentra SE-R or Toyota (uh, nothing, poser :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you, wiseman, for pointing that out. The 3 is not a Focus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even the old Focus was a really good car. I think people have forgotten exactly how well-tuned it's suspension really was.

        The 170hp SVT Focus was by far the best-handling sport compact. If Ford still made it, I'd still rank it above either the Cobalt or Neon on it's dynamics alone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You cant really base a cars quality off of its exterior unless you own one, and just like all other cars exterior quality can be changed if you got the cash, but for the price, the engine quality (for its class)...alone is def. worth it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, I don't think that the Cobalt looks half bad actually in the SS trim and especially with that color. And just like on the coupe I LOVE those alloy wheels...
      • 6 Years Ago

      Not a bad car but has many more proven competitors. MazdaSpeed3, Civic Si, Golf GTI, Sentra SE-R etc. However it may steal some buyers from the Caliber SRT I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will NOT pay $22K for ANY Cobalt, even if it was a Cobalt SSRS-Z.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No, thanks, I'd take the OPC Astra instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish they could put this engine into the Saturn Astra/Astra coupe. I need a hatch but don't like the retro-ness of the HHR. For now I think the Mazdaspeed is the better choice but this engine sounds like it gets significantly better than the 18/26 that the Mazda manages.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How does the steering feel and handling of the Cobalt SS Coupe compare to that of the Mazdaspeed3?
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