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Zero lag turbocharged engine goes

Well balanced that pushes front drive handling to the limit

lift#8221; shift algorithm


Cheap plastic panels

Sub par craftsmanship


I regularly get issued a Cobalt I go the airport rental counter. To set straight, this is something I usually am not very happy When I learned that the SS was available I had to give it a try.

this car was tuned by GM on the Nürburgring in and set the compact class record of I#8217;ve had the opportunity to drive competitors in this class include the European Ford RS and VW GTI R32 during my days as an engineer at I can tell you first hand those cars are no slouches by any

Driving Impressions

You won#8217;t this car by simply looking at it. it slowly around the parking lot will reinforce the notion there#8217;s nothing special on. It#8217;s only when you pushing the car when you#8217;ll that this is not an ordinary

The surprising thing about the SS is that it#8217;s very but it steps up to the challenge when and does so without a sweat. The SS is clearly targeted at for those who like to take on the import crowd while remaining anonymous.

The Cobalt SS that I was a coupe, Chevy also the SS package with the sedan This is not one of those lame all no go sport appearance packages. It is clear where Chevy time developing the SS package. The work has already been with this one#8211; performance Brembo brakes, forged aluminum wheels, and suspension.

Power starts off a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine direct injection and continuously valve timing. Chevy adds a twin scroll and air to air intercooler that manages to up to 20 PSI of boost. The result is more and gobs of torque without a of turbo lag.

How much you may ask? 260 HP and 260 lb.-ft. of while achieving 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the I managed to get a combined total of 24 MPG a 5 speed manual transmission, is pretty good considering it of some very aggressive For those who prefer automatics, the SS is offered with a 4 speed but most people who are interested in car will opt for the manual.

The only interior additions that the SS gets you are the performance seats the embroidered SS logo and the AutoMeter gauge that#8217;s integrated to the which are welcome touches to an bland Cobalt interior.

The suffers the most from plastic interior panels. of interior materials is what will solidify in their as either a cheap car or nice The Cobalt uses extensive of the shiny hard plastic on panel, center console, and panels. It#8217;s obviously a cutting move that the made since the SS shares pieces with the standard but criticism still remains#8230; it and feels cheap.

The overall fit and finish was good, but the fit of a few of the trim pieces could been slightly better. On the the margins and panel fits are far perfect, especially where the fascias meet up with the metal, which earns a more bad marks against an decent looking coupe. The car was from squeaks and rattles, but lacks the solid feel you get from the VW Rabbit, Ford and Saturn Astra, all of which engineered in Germany.

Interior and Ergonomics

Chevrolet Cobalt

The Cobalt suffers the from its utilitarian interior and hard plastic interior The choice of interior material is consumers will define as a cheap car or nice car. it has a good deal of amenities for a car in class. However, it#8217;s that Chevy could do so much to improve the interior for the SS.

seating position is very and there is a wide range of to fit different sized drivers. is also good especially the B-pillar is so far back. You#8217;ll no problems when you#8217;re over your shoulders.

This car is very easy to driven a gamut of factory performance cars with clutches and I have to say that effort is surprisingly easy and considering that it has been up to handle the torque that through the 5 speed gearbox. The people at GM certainly did an excellent job to make it very street while giving the driver performance when asked to. The 5 cable shifted gearbox fairly clean shifts, quick downshifts from 4th to 3rd a bit of precision from the driver to going into in 5th.

The SS upgraded seats with a type fabric and suede inserts that work with the extra side to keep you firmly in place. The is denser and more consistent high performance racing provide support and comfort. I more manufacturers made which were like

The interior cabin noise are very good, the SS does with wind noise and noise at all speeds. The side of a turbocharger is that it acts a second muffler. The turbocharged engine in the Cobalt SS is very there is none of the thrashiness plagues even the best 4 engines that hail Japan.

The Cobalt SS lays down without the ruckus that one otherwise expect and reinforces its manners.

Straight line is a hoot, torque steer is 0-60 takes a scant 5.4 That will take a lot of car with twice as many The car I test drove had the optional limited slip differential is well worth the cost in my

Chevy has the no-lift shift which allows you to keep foot firmly planted on the gas you hit the clutch and shift. This is designed to work under acceleration when the engine is or at the red line but before you hit the rev limiter. Do it and you#8217;ll hear a nice pop the exhaust. Try this on a normal car and see your engine quickly to the red line and bounce off the rev limiter.

The of this turbo setup is the low end This means less when you need to accelerate on the since the engine is capable of down power in the lower With this little 2.0 you won#8217;t lack any passing

Stopping power is equally not that surprising with the 4 Brembo calipers upfront and piston GM brakes in the rear. I did not have the opportunity to drive car on a track, I#8217;m fairly that this hardware will provide fade braking power. Pedal is progressive but not too firm.

The brake is tuned for linear feel and as opposed to an aggressive bite one might expected from a package.

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