• Aug 26, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of GM's reconfigurable performance display

As of 1996, the United States requires all new vehicles to come equipped with the OBD II on-board vehicle diagnostics system. The system utilizes an array of sensors to provide feedback on engine performance in order to aid mechanics with troubleshooting as well as maintain sufficient emissions levels. The large expense of readers and loggers has kept access to the system out of range for the majority of consumers, that is until more recently. These days electronics, such as small touch screen lcds, have become a reasonable option for data displays. The aftermarket industry has already taken the jump in releasing software that integrates OBDII output to visual digital displays. Nissan even includes a fine example of the technology in the GT-R. Now GM has developed its own performance display intended for use with ECOtec engines, specifically those of the turbocharged variety, and it will be a $295 dealer installed option beginning in 2009.

GM's Reconfigurable Performance Display can illustrate a wide range of data in gauge form, such as boost, battery voltage, air fuel ratio, cam phase angle, timing, barometric pressure and even torque and horsepower (the later two likely calculated based on other parameters). The device even includes a g-sensor, so no need for hacking your Wiimote to do the job. Traction control can also be enabled and disabled through the screen, along with shift lights for individual gears. Check out the gallery below for various screen shots. While it is apparent that the display is marketed towards Chevrolet Cobalt SS and HHR SS owners, we also presume that Saturn Sky Redline and Solstice GXP owners will get the option. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on the performance display being available for the Chevy Camaro.


[Source: GM Tuner Source]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Some recognition!

      I just bought an 09 Cobalt SS and the RPD is awesome.

      The rest of the car is fantastic too. Acceleration, handling, and fuel economy...fantastic package!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree it's kind of cheap-looking. But it's also pretty cheap!

      I'm sure if this is popular, GM will do a better job in the future. Honestly, full-pixel matrix instrument clusters and heads up displays will become more and more common in the future.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is very sweet...
      GM need to integrate it better... and make the screen bigger(multifunction)... and capable of playing videos, mp3's etc...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bravo GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      These are becoming more and more popular and this seems like a decent setup. One thing it has going for it is that it is cheaper than ones like this.

      http://www.aeroforcetech.com/

      They are pretty popular in the LSX crowd whether it's in a f-body, Vette or other. Gotta love technology!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Be nice if it was better integrated into the dash, but looks like a cool toy none the less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a big swing and a miss.

      Way less than 1/10 of a DashDAQ for 1/3 of the price!
      Crappy looking low res LCD.
      No Touch screen
      No Sound
      Only one gauge per screen.
      No Data logging.
      No graphing.
      No DIAGNOSTICS!
      No performance
      No custom skins
      No SD card slot
      Only works with GM cars

      If your serious, buy a DashDAQ
      http://www.dashdaq.com/features/gauges.htm
      http://www.dashdaq.com/features/datalists/GM_enh.htm
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, something else for the kiddies to be distracted with as they try and race every Civic from every stoplight.

      Thanks, GM!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do people with performance cars really bother "racing" Hondas? I don't...

        Like they say, "racing a Honda is like being in the special Olympics..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Cobalt SS?

        Ummm......

        Have you seen how many people fresh out of driver's ed are/were driving SRT-4s, EVOs, (a handful of) STis, etc?

        Whatever they want, mommy and daddy will buy. Or at least co-sign for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Don't know too man kiddies that can afford a car like this..."

        Friend of mine bought himself a brand new Cobalt SS Supercharged with everything short of the LSD on his own money (working + school, 19 years old) a year or two back. They aren't exactly expensive vehicles for someone that's actually saved their money appropriately. Sadly, most people his age are too busy blowing it on other crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats pretty slick actually. I've got a Dashhawk that does all that and a bit more for just about the same price, but it definitely doesn't have a color screen and pretty graphics. There's always the dashdaq (http://www.dashdaq.com/), but that's like $700 and looks like a GPS. I'm impressed GM is putting this out, and now we just need something that size that's not vehicle/manufacturer specific.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like it was designed by kragen
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, so how the heck does this "hp meter" and "torque meter" work and further when I buy a car with this and modify it, will my say 400hp still read as 300hp?

      In other words is this just playing back what the car is built to have and it bases it on RPM or is it actually somehow finding a way to measure this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        My guess is as long as you don't change the fuel injectors or pump, it'll read HP accurately (as accurately as it did before). If you change either of those, relationship of fuel injector pulse width to amount of fuel delivered will change and thus the HP figures will be wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Free G-Tech with every GM?
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