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Wouldn't it be best to start with the 2.4 if i want to mod my car instead of the already supercharged 2.0? What are the pros and cons of choosing each?
 

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I have the ss s/c 2.0 and love it. The internals of the block are totally souped up and the looks are sweet as well. However, a 2.4 with a turbo could make a lot of power... just gotta ask yourself how much work you will be wanting to do.

I chose my 2.0 because i don't want to chop it up to make some decent power... just a pulley and an ecu piggy back and Ill call it a night...

-RIch
 

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If you get the 2.4 and want to make a lot of power you will have to get forged internals, which is a PITA, compared to the 2.0 that already has great internals. With an intake, exhaust, header, boost kit and throttle body you will be at 250+whp. Thats a lot of power out of a FWD.
 

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Letting off steam...

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If you get the 2.4 and want to make a lot of power you will have to get forged internals, which is a PITA, compared to the 2.0 that already has great internals. With an intake, exhaust, header, boost kit and throttle body you will be at 250+whp. Thats a lot of power out of a FWD.

I just use nitrous for now and i have got to be getting well over 300hp, I'm gonna wait to decide to go psi-fi or gm stage kits til after the SEMA show though, because I wanna see the real claims GM is gonna make...it's too early to tell right now. wish i had a dyno close by....(sigh) CAUTION: Don't spray serious n2o into your SS unless you have first upgraded the clutch, you'll burn it out...hehe, now I gotta get the Gravana Stage 2 or 3 because of the power I'm making...guess I'll throw a lightweight flywheel on it while I'm at it, ordering the GMPP Header tomorrow....... :D
 

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I would personally go with the S/c'd 2.0. You'll still be "starting out" either way. Both cars have potential, just that the 2.0 is faster stock, which is VERY good.

I'm sure the Turbo kits for the 2.4 will be SICK. You'll most likely have to wait on it though. Internals? Yes... but ONLY if you plan to make some SERIOUS power. And I mean SERIOUS.
 

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plus, if you're seriously considering adding a turbo to the 2.4 you can kiss your warranty goodbye. at least there are upgrades to the already sc'd ss that can get you decent numbers without compromising your warranty. and, nowadays, most people can't afford to throw the warranty on a new car out the window.
 

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That's true, I suppose. There are always a handful who can afford it though :)

Hopefully, we'll witness it in the near future! I honestly wanna see what is to become of them.
 

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It's a waste of time to buy a 2.4 over a 2.0 when the 2.0 already has stout internals, and can handle more power before digging into the motor. Why spend $20k for the 2.4, then add turbo, exhaust, internal engine work, which will add at least another $5-7k? No logic in it at all.
Also, how many people can afford a car payment, PLUS money to upgrade the engine which will void your warranty? WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME!
 

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I would have thought of going 2.4 (something about the displacement). If you did, I'm sure GMPP will release some kind of supercharger kit for it. In fact, I believe there are already kits for 2.4L Cavaliers. So it shouldn't be that tough. But, I didn't take into account the beefed up internal parts on the CSS S/C. If you didn't wan't to pour through the technical jargon of installing or the cost of having forced induction, go 2.0L from the start. Besides, the aftermerket is gonna jump on parts for the S/C because Chevy positioned it as the top performance model.
 

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If you're going for perf. what everyone said above is pretty much correct, it would be a waste of money to buy a 2.4L just to upgrade it to what the 2.0L SS starts at....of course if you're a rich boy who wants to tinker around with a turbo :D i think the 2.4L is set up very well for it.

I'm interested in seeing what kind of times people will run with the 2.4L in the 1/4 mile though...as well as what kind of power gains they'll get with your reg. mods i.e exhuast, intake etc.....i've been waiting for this model to come out before I buy a cobalt because i don't plan on doing too much to it, i just want a fun sporty every day driver. The SS SC is appealing because of it's performance but i don't really want to put 91+ octane into my car with gas prices up so high (i know it can take lower octane...but it's not sthn I want to risk), if the 2.4L can out perform your average civic sir's, non S rsx's i'll be quite pleased...along with the higher MPG...i'd probably wait a little and pick up a used one.

Also I find the smaller spoiler much more attractive than the big vision imparing wing that's on the SS SC...lol that's abt my own rap on that car though! ...anyhow...yes a quick Pulley + ECU mod is very good on the SS SC and very very cheap for the power gains people have been seeing! WTG GM!
 

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If you're going for perf. what everyone said above is pretty much correct, it would be a waste of money to buy a 2.4L just to upgrade it to what the 2.0L SS starts at....of course if you're a rich boy who wants to tinker around with a turbo :D i think the 2.4L is set up very well for it.

I'm interested in seeing what kind of times people will run with the 2.4L in the 1/4 mile though...as well as what kind of power gains they'll get with your reg. mods i.e exhuast, intake etc.....i've been waiting for this model to come out before I buy a cobalt because i don't plan on doing too much to it, i just want a fun sporty every day driver. The SS SC is appealing because of it's performance but i don't really want to put 91+ octane into my car with gas prices up so high (i know it can take lower octane...but it's not sthn I want to risk), if the 2.4L can out perform your average civic sir's, non S rsx's i'll be quite pleased...along with the higher MPG...i'd probably wait a little and pick up a used one.

Also I find the smaller spoiler much more attractive than the big vision imparing wing that's on the SS SC...lol that's abt my own rap on that car though! ...anyhow...yes a quick Pulley + ECU mod is very good on the SS SC and very very cheap for the power gains people have been seeing! WTG GM!
The extra cost of premium gas would only be around $100 a year at 12000 miles.

The 2.4 SS also requires 91 octane.

They are both very nice rides.

Peace :eek:
 

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If you put regular gas in the 2.0 it will pull timing but still be faster than the 2.4, it won't do any damage. If you can afford to buy a brand new car and toss the warranty out the window, get the 2.4 and slap a turbo on it. I don't think it will be long before someone gets more displacement out of the 2.0 either. You could always buy a 2.4 used in a year or so and not have to worry much about the warranty or previous driver abuse as you will be replacing internals.
 

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are you serious? the 2.4L is rated for higher octane as well?

how much is the gas prices in the US right now? 86 vs 91 octane? i live in canada.
 

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ah..to explain that furthur, right now gas prices are about 1.17/liter for regular and 1.26 for premium or sthn...plus we hafta pay tax >_<
 

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I was in the same situation, I however chose the 2.4. The dealer gave me a pretty good deal, least I think so. I got the 2.4 black, with the leather heated seats, upgraded mp3 radio, with xm, sunroof, and the pionner 7 spkr system; all for $18,000.

To me I thought with those extras that it would be a better value for me. I don't do a lot of work on my car (although im only 19 and this is my first new vehicle so i might start learning and doing stuff to it). I basically wanted something a little more than the LS and LT, but nothing over 20K.
 

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that sounds pretty good Frazier, are you gonna get some time slips n dynos for me soon ^_^ after u break it in? :D hehe As long as GSR's, SIR's, rsx non-s can't beat me stock for stock i'm happy!

I just checked prices and it'll set me back about 20-22K for a SS and 25K at least for a SS SC (which is hard to find up here)......btw how does the handling feel compared to the SS SC frazier? assuming u've tried a SS SC.
 

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I actually didn't drive the S/C yet. I dealer I got my 2.4 didn't have any S/C in. The other dealer I looked at had one, but at that time I was assuming I was just going to get an LT or something so I didn't even bother test driving the S/C.

I might go back and try to get a test on it. The guy there seemed pretty cool and probably wouldn't have a problem with it. But so far, the handling seems quite well, but that is coming from me driving an 92 ford escort and a 94 plymouth acclaim before getting my 2.4 SS.
 
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