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Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Killed - Car News 1 | 2
Where’s the Boost?
BY STEVE SILER, June 2007
The latest casualty of emissions-regulators-gone-wild is the fun, charismatic Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged, a car that ranked as one of the Quickest Cars of 2007: $20,000 to $25,000 and one that we called the “feel-good pill for the Camaro Blues” when it was launched in 2005, just as Chevy fans were starting to miss the Camaro, which was discontinued in ’02.
When we tested the Cobalt SS in ’05, we found its 205-hp, 200-lb-ft Ecotec supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to be quite precocious, capable of propelling the 2900-pound coupe to 60 mph in a very impressive 5.9 seconds and on to the quarter mile in 14.4 seconds at 100 mph. At under $22K, that’s a helluva lot of bang for the buck.
But one performance benchmark it couldn’t meet is the more stringent federal emissions requirement for 2008, according to Chevrolet spokesperson Nancy Libby in an interview with CARandDRIVER.com.
Representing less than three percent of all Cobalt sales, the SS Supercharged will hardly leave a gaping hole volume-wise. Furthermore, Libby says, Chevrolet remains “committed to SS for Chevy,” citing that “performance has always been a cornerstone of Chevy products.”