Automobile Mag Reviews Cobalt SS. - Chevy Cobalt SS Forum : Chevrolet Cobalt SS Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 237
Automobile Mag Reviews Cobalt SS.

Via Automobile Magazine // Chevrolet Cobalt SS // By Michael Jordan;

Yes, the wretched Cavalier is gone, shuffled off to whatever reward comes to twenty-two years of mediocrity. Good riddance.

Its replacement isn't satisfied with mediocrity. The Chevrolet Cobalt SS comes with a supercharged 205-hp engine developed in drag racing, a stiff chassis derived from the Opel Astra, eighteen-inch wheels, and a rear wing even bigger and sillier than that of the Subaru WRX STi.

The engine really got our attention. The supercharged, intercooled 2.0-liter four-cylinder has a steel crankshaft and forged pistons, so it's strong enough to withstand more than 12 psi of boost. It runs smoothly and crisply, and the rasp from the exhaust mesmerizes you until you reach the redline in all five gears.

Meanwhile, the Cobalt SS's chassis has been tuned to deliver the autobahn-style composure of a European car. It was developed at Mosport, the Nürburgring, and Road Atlanta, and it delivers ultra-stable dynamics plus lots of grip from the 215/45WR-18 Pirelli P6 tires. It's the kind of car that shows its stuff best in 80-mph bends.



Stability is also characteristic of the standard Cobalt sedans and coupes. There are three different trim levels (base, LS, and LT), and each has its own suspension and tire package. The ride in each version is supple, and the body motions are firmly controlled. Overall, the Cobalt is sure-footed and capable, a step above the examples of the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, and the Volkswagen Jetta that we drove for comparison purposes. Special insulated steel and lots of other acoustic insulation also make the Cobalt very quiet compared with these other compacts. Even the standard 145-hp, 2.2-liter Ecotec engine is quiet, a minor miracle in itself. If you were driving across the state, a Cobalt sedan would be an excellent choice, especially once the optional 175-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing comes on stream for the '06 model year.

For all of this goodness, the Cobalt SS still doesn't quite have the athletic edge of the slower, less-refined Focus and Mazda 3. The Cobalt's electric power steering smothers most of the road feel, and the thick, vibration-absorbing rim of the steering wheel takes care of the rest. The SS is really terrific when you drive it fast, but there's magic in the Ford's communicative steering that the Cobalt can't capture.

Like so many Opel-derived cars, the Cobalt SS is a little heavier than its competition, and it lacks rear-seat legroom (the Cobalt sedan and coupe have the least passenger space in this group). Yet we're still really impressed by this car. It has the full allotment of hard-core, high-performance equipment (a Quaife limited-slip differential and Recaro seats will be part of the option list this spring), so it measures up well against the other racy sport compacts.

While Ford and Honda seem to be waffling in their commitment to cars like this, Chevrolet has stepped up. It's a real player in the small-car market at last.

Link URL: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews...vrolet_cobalt/

Last edited by ekool; 01-15-2005 at 11:17 PM.
ekool is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 09:27 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 204
From what we have gathered, "some" are saying LSD will be standard on the SS s/c.
NIVO88T is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2005, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 237
It would be very interesting if that were the case, I imagine traction is going to be an issue either way, but an LSD helps out a ton... it definetly does on the SRT-4
ekool is offline  
 
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2005, 11:55 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by NIVO88T
From what we have gathered, "some" are saying LSD will be standard on the SS s/c.
LSD WILL NOT be standard. As said in the previous post it is part of the optional "performance package" that also includes the Recaro seats. Bad part is that it will bring the SS to nearly $24,000. Bad move on GM's part considering the SRT comes with the LSD for 21,000.
YELLOWV is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2005, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 237
The 03 SRT-4 didnt... so, possibly GM may be holding out as a 'feature' for the next year vehicle.
ekool is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2005, 08:21 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 183
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekool
The 03 SRT-4 didnt... so, possibly GM may be holding out as a 'feature' for the next year vehicle.
yea, I wouldn't doubt it.
SRT-MAN is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2005, 09:11 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 4
if the LSD is an OPTION the first year of the car they arent going to have it standard next year's model
td1042k is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2005, 09:58 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 204
i wish for it to be standard
NIVO88T is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-19-2005, 09:57 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,187
Quote:
Originally Posted by NIVO88T
i wish for it to be standard
Yea same here i wish it would to.



87camaroPA is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-21-2005, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 237
Quote:
Originally Posted by 87camaroPA
Yea same here i wish it would to.
Camaro,

Can you post any high rez images of that black Cobalt in your avatar, or point me to a URL that has them?
ekool is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Cobalt SS Forum : Chevrolet Cobalt SS Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome