Review: 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged

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Review: 2007 Chevrolet SS Supercharged



August 30, 2007

The SS Supercharged’s Last Stand

the Cavalier? You probably do, because it remarkably well 2007 is the year of production for Chevrolet’s Supercharged compact. kind of. Jonathan Yarkony, Canadian Press)during its lifetime (particularly the end when it was offered at unbelievably low and still has a rather loyal in the sports compact arena. with this in mind, as a car it fell rather short in to other cars in its class.

The at GM’s Performance Division sat up and notice. The sport compact of vehicles is a hot market segment, and got some pretty cool competing for your dollars, so decided back in 2005 it wouldn’t just idly by and risk its owners checking baggage for a Japanese or European

Besides being a big step in general, the Cobalt SS Supercharged to be confused with the regular, and frankly lame non-supercharged SS) was a big forward for GM’s performance in the compact segment. Z24 drivers be the only ones pining to get the wheel of one of these, with of handling tuned on the Nurburgring and appealing exterior visuals.

While the oversized rear has become the telltale sign of an SS (the SS doesn’t have as big a it literally cuts out half rearward visibility. You Since the of the non-Supercharged Cobalt SS, the wing is the way to tell the two apart. (Photo: Yarkony, Canadian Auto can’t tell if the car following behind belongs to the folks in law or not.

The car’s body have flares in all the right and the front and rear bumper look great, as do the polished, 18-inch aluminum alloy The Cobalt immediately distances from its predecessor in terms of a statement, such as the new Civic Si and SE-R that look ordinary. The car has the looks, but given the sport compact buyers how does it drive?

Quite well, as it turns As we said, if you’re a Cavalier the Cobalt will blow you It’s a huge step

The chassis rigidity of the international platform (also shared that exciting new Saturn is leagues above the J-Body, and the car a nice, tight feeling. For the application, the Delta underpinnings alive; it seems perfectly to its sporty demeanor. People talk about rigid as a vital starting point to the car dynamically, and the Cobalt SS doesn’t

Not only does it have a feel, but you feel just as tracking straight and true on the as you would on a twisty back

And twisting roads in mind, the suspension with aluminum does a great job at controlling roll and dive when the gets quick. In fact, the rear suspension has some trick hydro-elastic bushings allow sharpness of handling shaking your fillings around town. It’s a found on some premium brands, and it works well on the

All these components conspire to the SS with handling abilities rival or exceed its competition ; it can cornering forces in the neighborhood of 0 .90 Gs on the pad. The Cobalt SS Interior can be had in fairly bright colours yellow, red and blue. (Photo: was a little low on steering feedback, due to the that the car has an electrical power system instead of the traditional power steering.

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Perhaps one of the surprises surrounding this Cobalt is the awesome braking it serves up. Its four wheel are of modest size, yet it scrubs off quite well. We suspect a lot of time was spent calibrating the balance. Whatever the case may be, the stops reassuringly, even aggressive use.

Another feature we enjoyed the car under braking was the pops and the exhaust makes as you zing the on a downshift, conducted through a five-speed Getrag manual

As with so many cars in class, the big story is what’s the hood. Very important don’t forget the supercharger (Photo: Jonathan Yarkony, Auto Press)The SS joins the with a 2.0-litre version of Ecotec four-cylinder. For this ultimate of Cobalts, it’s to an Eaton supercharger that 12 psi of peak boost.

The guys at GM deem it necessary to know what the blower is doing, so mounted a boost gauge in the for easy monitoring. We liked it swing to its limit as much as When you do that, your will be treated to some supercharger whine followed by an shove forward. In fact, over 6 seconds is all it takes to hit 100 That’s fast.

Even during a street the car lunges forward convincingly as it the asphalt with two black of rubber. Needless to say, we quite pleased with the penchant for speed.

Though 205 and 200 lb-ft of torque is now merely for a car in this category, especially the introduction of the 280-hp Dodge SRT4 and the 263-hp Mazdaspeed3, the SS Supercharged plays daily as its strong card. Because the provides power on demand, no waiting around. We’ll be sad to see it go, but the turbocharged Cobalt SS will even more power. so we miss this guy too much. Jonathan Yarkony, Canadian Press)The Cobalt SS Supercharged is available with a limited differential from master Quaife, which helps to put the to the ground.

Even though the SS doesn’t have a big-block we think that it’s one of the representatives of the SS nameplate. People the Cobalt SS Supercharged seriously, and helped to elevate GM’s in the marketplace substantially. It’s for reason that we’re to see that the Cobalt SS Supercharged be around for much longer.

But don’t cry too much, as all you need do is to the new turbocharged HHR SS for a sign of what the top-line Cobalt SS will Trustworthy sources from GM have strongly hinted the turbocharged, direct-injected 260-hp inline-four also used in the Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line find its way into this coupe, and really spice up.

Mind you this is a Canada though very very The pricing may seem odd, but its not USD prices. A great car and the article at the 2008.5 Chevrolet Cobalt SS I can’t wait for it, it should be

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