2009 Chevy Cobalt SS

2008-chevy-cobalt-ss-sedan The cat is out of the bag for the 2009 Cobalt SS – without any fanfare whatsoever. No spy shots, no big auto show debut. Nope, none of that. Just ta-da, here it is! Base price will be $22,995, with just a few options – the most important being the $495 limited slip differential. With all that power going to one front wheel, you’ll want to tick that box for sure. Speaking of power, how does the Cobalt SS fare? Let’s take a look:

2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Specs

  • 260 HP turbocharged 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 5 speed Manual transmission only
  • Brembo Brakes
  • 18″ wheels with summer tires
  • 2975 lb curb weight

2009-cobalt-ss-coupe Motive Mag drives the 2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Sedan and comes away with this – ‘The Cobalt SS is a very capable, very enjoyable track car. It lacks some of the refinement of the Volkswagen GTI, the space of a Mazdaspeed3, or the all-weather usability of a Subaru WRX, but makes up for it with endless brute power and an excellent chassis. If you’re still not sold, just look at the car’s Nürburgring class record of 8:22.85. That time smashed the Opel Astra OPC’s record by 13 seconds and is 17 seconds faster than Mazda’s own claim for the MS3. Not only that, it tops German magazine Sport Auto‘s lap times for the E36 BMW M3, the Audi S5, the Porsche Cayman S, the Lotus Exige, and the Honda S2000. The Cobalt’s performance belies the fact that this little car is actually very economical; it managed to return 30 mpg on the EPA’s highway cycle.’

That’s absolutely insane – the Cobalt SS beat the fantastic Cayman S on the Nurburgring. Sure, it’s a Chevy econo-box. But with performance like that ( and economy to boot ), the Cobalt SS is hard to argue with if you’re looking for some fun.

Published on March 11, 2008 in Chevrolet

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