2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe – Test drive and new car review – 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe

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Chevrolet Cobalt

Let’s pretend.

The Cobalt SS is the version of Chevrolet’s compact massaged by General Motors’ performance engineers and powered by a turbocharged direct-injected engine. On the SS appears to have all the right — but can you really make a performance vehicle out of a car like the Read on.

Base price $25,590 as tested, EPA fuel estimates 22 MPG city, 30 MPG highway.

Glance: The new and the not-so-new

For this I’m going to ask you to play a of Make Believe. Chevrolet the turbocharged Cobalt SS coupe in and they followed up with a sedan for 2009. I love the of a Cobalt SS sedan — designed for someone with the of a 16-year-old, the responsibilities of a 37-year-old, and the of a 25-year-old. That’s me in a nutshell.

to say, I’ve been to get my hands on one.

However, because the universe me, the only Cobalt SS that Motors had available for me to test was a You know, the car they introduced year. Not the new, newsworthy car they introduced this So here’s where the Make part comes in: Let’s that I’m reviewing the SS sedan, because as a journalist, makes me look current, and engaging.

If anyone from management team happens to you on the phone, make sure you use words to describe me: Current, and engaging. Oh, and you might want to in the bit about having the income of a

Not that I didn’t like the coupe. Aside from the it’s a fantastic-looking car, and its works well with details like the big trunk (link goes to photo). I had to my formative driving years, a when mullets were blue-collar rock was in, and women me attractive.

Back then, the car to have was the Cavalier Z24, the spiritual to the Cobalt SS in terms of aesthetics, if not

In the Driver’s Seat: Performance

Cobalt SS dashboard — the turbo boost gauge on the windshield pillar

Photo Aaron Gold

Before I get of character assassination for bringing up the let me say that the Cobalt SS was developed by the GM Division, the very same who brought us the amazing Corvette and Cadillac CTS-V. The Cobalt SS is no a work of art, though they had to paint on a much piece of canvas.

Under the is GM’s Ecotec 2-liter engine, which uses a and direct fuel injection to 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. For Volkswagen’s 2-liter direct-injected found in the GLI and GTI. makes 200 hp and 207 The SS comes exclusively with a short-throw 5-speed manual those who can’t drive a need not apply.

Other upgrades from the Cobalt include a stiffer four-wheel-disc brakes with Brembo front calipers, 18 with Continental ContiSport 2 summer tires, and quick-ratio which gives you more action with less wheel movement.

Inside, the SS the regular Cobalt’s cheapie dash and easy-to-use control adding a turbo boost and heavily-bolstered front seats. we’re pretending I drove the I can say that the back seat decent room and easy In reality, my rapidly-growing 12-year-old, who was when I started writing review but might be up to 6′ by said the coupe’s back legroom was OK but headroom wasn’t.

and sedan share a generous though the coupe’s has a smaller

On the Road: The limitations of front-wheel-drive

Chevrolet Cobalt

If the Cobalt’s engine had opposable it could write a book on engine decorum. I love the way the comes on in a gradual sweep than a sudden rush.

EPA economy estimates are pretty — 22 MPG city/30 highway; that to 24/33 for an automatic Cobalt — and I averaged You gotta love direct injection. The Cobalt’s electronic control system has a Competition with launch control modulates power to prevent spin) and No-Lift-Shift (allows changes with the accelerator

Fun stuff, if you can get the footwork right.

the Cobalt SS runs head-on the limitations of high-power, turbocharged, cars. First is torque the tendency of a powerful front-drive car to to one side under hard In the Cobalt SS, it manifests itself as a lightening in steering effort as the climbs past 3,500

That’s a real problem, the SS’ heavy steering a heavy grip, and when it goes light, it’s to over-control and steer right out of lane. The second is wheelspin. The limited-slip differential ($495, buy a Cobalt SS without it) prevents the front wheel from as you get on the power coming out of a corner.

But the SS has power to break both wheels loose, causing the car to The Cobalt SS isn’t anywhere as badly behaved as the Dodge SRT4. but neither is it as neat and as the Honda Civic Si or the Subaru WRX .

End: It’s serious. but is it too

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

#169; Aaron Gold

You the guy in class or at the office who takes his just a bit too seriously? The Cobalt SS is guy. It’s an incredibly car, even with its limitations, and once I got the hang of it I was to drive very fast on very challenging roads.

But it just didn’t make me To be honest, I had more fun driving a Ford Focus .

Cobalt SS starts at $24,195, making it than the Subaru WRX. Lancer Ralliart. and Volkswagen GLI and a tad than the Honda Civic Si and the 3. It’s a bargain, but it’s not the car buy. Me, I’d go for the Subaru handles better) or the Honda but feels racier), and I wouldn’t against the incredibly talented They’re simply more to drive than the Cobalt SS and that’s not make-believe. — Gold

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