Monday, December 22, 2008

Review of the Chevrolet Cobalt SS by Joe Kent

The Chevrolet Cobalt Super Sport is a unique vehicle in the Chevy lineup. Based on the compact Cobalt coupe, the Cobalt SS is a supercharged, sportier version that packs more speed and performance into the Cobalt's modest package.

Although for 2008 not much has changed, the Chevrolet Cobalt SS now has a turbocharger and direct injection rather than a supercharger and port injection. The benefit is a bump of horsepower to 260 horsepower along with 260 lb ft of torque as well. Despite the addition of a turbo, Detroit Chevrolet drivers have noted that there truly is only minimal lag and an absence of a sudden explosion of boost.

The front-wheel drive Cobalt SS can hit 60 miles per hour in about 5.7 seconds, and complete the quarter mile in just over 14 seconds. Another new feature for 2008 is the no-lift shift mode, which will limit revs and help with traction off the line and between shifts. Chevy dealers Chicago performance enthusiasts admit that it may not be the most exciting ride, but for a relatively affordable compact, the performance is very strong.

In addition to a turbo-charged engine, the Chevrolet Cobalt SS also includes a sport-tuned suspension, sticky tires, and large Brembo brake calipers that help control the Cobalt's power and help add maneuverability while traveling at speed. With more buyers looking to smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles, the Chevy Cobalt SS may offer a unique blend of power and fuel economy economy that many buyers at Boonville Chevrolet have already become drawn to compared with more expensive or more thirsty sports cars on the market.

About the Author

Joe Kent is a writer for TK Carsites, an automotive website design and marketing firm in Orange, CA, that specializes in working with car dealers nationwide

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