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Vehicle a Jekyll, Hyde approach to city driving

The Chevy Cobalt SS supercharged coupe definitely lives up to the term "pocket rocket."

That much was certainly confirmed by yours truly during a Canadian-exclusive advance test drive of the all-new performance compact coupe before it took its place on the floor of the Pacific International Auto Show.

It may bear the same name as its sedan sibling and share some familial characteristics in appearance, but make no mistake, this is a different machine. It's the auto version of Jekyll and Hyde.

The Cobalt SS is aimed at the young tuner crowd with a few shekels in their jeans.

In my book, $24,995 is more than a little coin, but relative to other similarly doctored, sorry, I mean performance-enhanced vehicles that's a competitive price.

If you don't burn rubber at every stop light you may even make less frequent stops at the gas pumps.

It boasts fuel economy of 10.2/7.4 litres per 100 kms (city/highway) --that's about one litre more than the less perky sedan/coupe versions.

Inside, save for the eye-catching leather seats with colour keyed insets, you may mistake it for a more docile version of the Cobalt. Eyes left and you spot the A-pillar-mounted boost gauge, which clues you into the idea that this maybe something special.

However, turn the key in the ignition and it just sounds like the basic Pursuit (the Pontiac version of the Cobalt) I tested recently, which is reviewed by Zack and Mac on Page C17. However, press the pedal to the metal and the power surge and accompanying roar threaten to whip your head back and bring Mr. Hyde into full view.

With more than 100 h.p. per litre -- 1.68 h.p. per cubic inch -- the 205-horse, 2.0-litre SC engine delivers. Watch that needle swing in the booster gauge!

A quick little lesson for those not hip to superchargers, known simply as "blowers" among enthusiasts. The engine-driven device crams pressurized air into the combustion chambers -- more air in means more power at the crankshaft.

The effect is dramatic: The 2.0-litre SC produces 40-per-cent more horsepower and 33-per-cent more torque than the larger displacement 2.2-litre engine found in Cobalt base, LS and LT models.

I loved the responsive, quick-shifting, heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission, which tames the excesses of sudden power boosts.

The sport-oriented suspension provides a smooth ride at speed even over, ahem, speed bumps.

In fast cornering, it holds firm and never slips a centimetre.

On busy city streets, its Dr. Jekyll reappears and it returns to being a perfectly normal, economical compact car that's easy to manouevre and park.

OK, time to get out and quit hyperventilating. The SS is a good looking, aggressively styled car with a wing-style rear spoiler, standard 18-inch aluminum wheels and performance tires.

Check it out for yourself at the show

Keith Morgan via The Province
 

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CoBIZZLE said:
Did I understand this guy right??!?! Did he say the SS gets BETTER mileage than the BASE Cobalts???!!??! If so thats AWESOME!!!
That is what i got out of it to i cant belive that but that is awsome if it is true.
 

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Well if you think about it, if you have better flowin induction systems and exhaust systems your going to get better avg. gas mileage BUT your also gonna have your foot in it all the time! In turn reducing your gas mileage :( .


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Supercharger Gives Boost To Cobalt SS

lol, funny title .... i would have NEVER guessed the s/c added boost, OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
LOL I didn't even pay attention to that, that is pretty stupid wording!! HAHA!!
 

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woops, well I didnt really mean it like that, I meant more absent minded wording. Like I know he didnt mean that it gives actual BOOST cuz everybody knows that! I actually think he meant to write that meaning its BOOSTING the Cobalts appeal, performance, tuner rep, etc. with just a lil meaningful twist on words. What I typed really came out wrong, sorry :eek:

Im stupid lol!!!
 

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woops, well I didnt really mean it like that, I meant more absent minded wording. Like I know he didnt mean that it gives actual BOOST cuz everybody knows that! I actually think he meant to write that meaning its BOOSTING the Cobalts appeal, performance, tuner rep, etc. with just a lil meaningful twist on words. What I typed really came out wrong, sorry :eek:

Im stupid lol!!!

Yeah you are. :D :p LOL J/K
 

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It doesn't get better gas mileage.

Mileage in Canada is measured in Liters/100km. It's the inverse of miles/gallon - lower is better. Ie, 8 Liters/100km is better gas mileage than 10 Liters/100km.

He said in the article that the SS uses one MORE Liter per 100km than the non-supercharged version. That's WORSE mileage.

For reference:
12 L/100km = 19.6mpg
10 L/100km = 23.5mpg
8 L/100km = 29.4mpg
6 L/100km = 39.2mpg

Superchargers don't improve gas mileage. Keep on wishing. :)
 

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OOOOHHH I see now they go fuel per distance instead of distance per amount of fuel like we do. I understand now. Yeah I thought that sounded kind of stupid a boosted "performance engine" getting better gas mileage thatn the base economy car.
 
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