• May 7, 2009
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery

OK, we can stand losing the Impala SS for the 2010 model year, but we've just learned that the grim reaper at General Motors is also claiming the Cobalt SS Sedan. The news comes straight from the automaker's 2010 Online Order / Reference Guide for dealers, and we may yet find more models destined for deletion as people dig deeper into this online document.

While the Cobalt itself is at best a mid-pack contender in the small car arena, the SS version is tops among pocket rockets, a fact we discovered for ourselves when we reviewed the coupe version. Though Chevy didn't impress us with the first, supercharged version of the Cobalt SS, it made amends with the current model that sports a 260-hp, turbocharged, direct-inject, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Not only is the powerplant one of the most potent you can get for the money, but the supporting cast of mechanicals creates a machine that's hardly recognizable as the Cobalt on which it's based. While the coupe is great, we've always preferred the sedan version for its extra space and utility, not to mention the fact that it doesn't look like an extra on the set of Fast and the Furious.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly.

      It didn't deserve to live, should have been killed after it's first year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      " but the supporting cast of mechanicals creates a machine that's hardly recognizable as the Cobalt on which it's based"

      Well, maybe from the inside, but from the outside it still screams Fleet Car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a word to describe this car, and it's not "fast"...it's "bland"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cruze SS anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fast or not fast, it's still another UGLY piece of GM crap. Good riddance!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Cobalt SS is faster than the Mazdaspeed3 0-60, Quarter Mile, and on the oval track. The Civic Si isn't even close.

      Is the Cobalt SS as nice of a car as the Mazdaspeed or the Civic? Probably not, but I don't think you can say they're "not fast" Larry A. A 140 MPH Civic is but a 155 MPH Cobalt isn't?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fast car, ugly as hell looks though. Bring the Focus RS over here and this car would never be mentioned even if it didn't get cancelled.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I CAN understand why people would choose this over the 200hp Civic SI. C'mon, 200 horsepower? Honda needs to step their game up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're quick but not fast, I just can't see that many kids choosing this over a Civic Si, Speed3, or like you mentioned the Focus RS, if it was here. So yes this is a good move by GM, they know it wont sell as well as they like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only thing "ugly" is your comment about the Cobalt SS turbo sedan. It sits with an aggressive stance and in white has some very nice character lines. The wheels are wicked and set the whole car off as one to be reckoned with. It is a hoot to drive. Its steering, brakes and, oh that engine, are some kind of fun. It is indeed sad that GM chose to delete the SS turbo for 2010. Big, bad mistake on GM's part. I guess it is only symptomatic of a car company that is on the way out into history with the Packards and the Studerbakers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See Cobalt SS's time around the ring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wouldn't pick this over a Focus RS? The Focus RS would be at least $30,000 it could be $32K easily. You can pick one of these up for $21K if you are careful.

        I think perhaps there is some reason that a kid would choose this over a Focus RS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I test drove one around 3 months ago, and there's nothing much I can complain about performance wise. It handles very well for a 260hp 260lb-ft front wheel drive sedan, feels amazing when the turbo kicks in, and accelerates very quickly. And combined with the price it's almost unbelievable.

        Of course, that's where the good stuff ends in my opinion. The exterior is OK, not great; but the interior leaves a lot to be desired. Hard plastic everywhere, looks pretty ugly, and when I fired one up back then all the panels started rattling against each other :|

        I found the Civic Si to be much more fun to drive and is better both inside and out. I am more than willing to sacrifice the performance for it. Nothing beats the awesome 6MT and the 8000rpm K20Z3 :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        The panels did not start rattling against each other, and unless you were test driving a used older cobalt with high mileage, please take your BS elsewhere...I bought a cobalt (base model...$12500 after rebates) almost 11 months ago, it had 14 miles when I drove it off the lot...it has 17,800 miles today.

        Not a single rattle, shake, shimmy, and the only problem I had was a turn signal switch that would not automatically shut off when the wheel turned against it, which was repaired under warranty by my dealer, who drove me home...and picked me up a few hours later when it was fixed.

        It performs, and acts just like any new car should...foreign or domestic. I don't spend enough time caressing my dashboard to care that it's not soft enough...and while the front end of the car isn't the best looking (coupe) from the mirrors back it's a good looking car IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Straight line performance is not everything. I could care less if the Civic Si has 180hp. It's fun to drive, and it's one aspect the Cobalt can't beat imo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take the mechanical bits of the Cobalt SS stuffed into a Cruze please. Obama, Fritz Henderson, whoever is in control of GM now please make this happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why not the LS2LS7? iam a hard core ford guy .but this car is very cool love to have one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I almost bought a Focus SVT a couple years back. Impressive motor and impressive transmission (two layshafts!). I never could find one in a 5-door to look at, let alone see on the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps there will be a Cruze SS. Cobalt SS engine in a Cruze body and great interiors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm. I was kind of thinking of getting one of these. Maybe now is the time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what's next....no ss at all, and no ZR1?-+
        • 5 Years Ago
        "If Obama and his crew get their way, yes. They've made it clear that they want Detroit building Prius knock-offs instead of sporty fun cars."

        Um, so why is the 2-door not canceled? I hate to spoil a good paranoid conspiracy theory, but even GM's management can read sales reports and see the 4-door SS sells too few units to justify keeping in production when the whole model line is being replaced by the Cruze in a few years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Careful, the socialists don't want you to have fast cars!
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