Chevrolet Cobalt SS/TC specs
|Curb weight||1352 kg (2981 lbs)|
|Origin country||United States|
|Engine type||Inline 4, Turbocharged|
|Displacement||2.0 l (122 ci)|
|Power||264 ps (260 bhp / 194 kw)|
|Torque||353 Nm (260 lb-ft)|
|Power / liter||132 ps (130 hp)|
|Power / weight||195 ps (193 bhp) / t|
|Torque / weight||261 Nm (193 lb-ft) / t|
|Layout||front engine, front wheel drive|
Cobalt SS/TC competition
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Corvolet3 2y ago
aaayy 3y ago
Chevrolet offered a tune from the dealership that boosted power to 290.
StepenWulf 8y ago
No you can't you liar. Stop polluting these sights with your fangirl crap. Cobalts are for pussies.
There is no proof what so ever of these lap times. Please remove these from your sight until there is documented evidence.
ChevyCobaltSSOwner 9y ago
Not only is this car fast off the show room floor but for $200 bucks for a tune you gain over a 100 hp and a full second less on the 1/4 mile, hows that for all the haters. Oh by the way, the car has had the tune for over 100,000 miles and no issues what so ever except tires ;)
AmericanMuscle 10y ago
Sad it's been 3 years since GM actually did something right. Would love to see this car come back with a simple 4.3L V6 version of the LS6 and then we would have the lightest, lowest, 300hp FWD car on the track.
Flabernat 10y ago
Still the fastest FWD car around LagunaSeca,... Focus ST needs to come as a coupe and then it might have a chance at beating it.
rchiwawa 12y ago
my fuel economy stats for with over 20k miles track stands at 30.6 mpg
wildy variances above that are instances of me hypermiling.
Warren 12y ago
I run pretty consistent 3:07 around VIR Grand and 2:15 on VIR Full in my little SS :) Very mild mods. Daily driven.
Rchiwawa 13y ago
As an owner of a '10 Cobalt SS I can say that Rick James has no clue what he is talking about. The speed3 is less stable especially in middling quality asphalt.
The Cobalt SS is simply the best daily driver ever produced. I pull consistent 32mpg or better tanks of fuel and that is the absolute mileage, not just what I pull down the highway. that is boosting a fair bit. The EPA estimate low balls this car when driven by a good driver.
car=fun 13y ago
After taking this car to Heartland Park. I can honestly say it\'s light years better on the track than my old SRT-4.
The turn in and brakes are simply amazing. If anyone is looking for a cheap track car, that you can drive everyday look no further. I\'d recommend the gm stage 1 kit. While the kit may only add 30hp peak hp, it makes the torque band much more lovely for track days.
monkeypop 13y ago
Rick James you seem to have no idea what you are talking about. This is designed as a daily driver, not some braging rights machine. If you had ever actually driven one, you would know this.
The reason for its better performance than the others is in its features. Virtually zero torque steer puts it ahead of most other FWD cars. Odd you compare it to much more expensive AWD cars.. of which is out performs.
Rick James 13y ago
Bare bones, light single purpose econobox with a potent T-4cyl. It’s quicker than the typical sport compact because it wasn’t designed to be a practical good daily driver. Mazda could’ve done the same thing with the speed 3 but they wanted to sell cars so they added creature comforts and thus more weight. Plus this Cobalt was designed to be quick in all the > bragging rights
categories such as 0-60 and the ¼ mile via launch control, 5-speed transmission gearing and no lift shift, etc. Regardless it’ll only be as quick as an EVO or STI and others if the conditions are nearly perfect.
R26Andy 13y ago
This is a cool car but I think the engine is putting out a more than the manufacturers claimed 260ps when you look at the lap times it is coming up with.
Viking 13y ago
@wOoOdy I stand corrected. Excellent video footage, superb driving (trail braking and Scandinavian flick techniques). I haven\'t driven any Meganes lately and the last one I drove (in Ireland) certainly wasn\'t an R26r! Very impressive.
w0o0dy 13y ago
@viking: i don\'t know about the mass produced part.. what would you consider the criteria? Anyway, based on the Nurburgring laptime the Renault Megane R26r is 6 seconds quicker (8:15.90 vs 8:22.85) although it has plastic rear windows, a rollcage and no backseats (or sounddeadening worth mentioning). Renault makes excellent fwd cars very capable on the track, they even do lift off oversteer if you know you\'re stuff!
Have a look on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYr61f_c_w4
Viking 13y ago
This is probably the fastest mass produced Front Wheel Drive car on any track. Front wheel drive when set up properly can produce a fine track car, but is of course ultimately limited in traction out of corners (this cars horsepower to weight is probably near the practical limit for most road courses). I haven't driven one of these, but it must be easy to trail brake (slide the rear by cornering and braking at the same time) and thus point the car sooner towards corner exit. This technique allows the front tires to be straighter in order to get on the gas sooner with less power understeer. Of course, I still prefer rear drive cars (especially powerful ones) and find power oversteer more entertaining.
kickass 13y ago
The Lightning Lap, 2008 - Feature/Features/Classic Cars/High Performance/Hot Lists/Reviews/Car and Driver - Car And Driver
Results (PDF file):
Look at the cars that it beat.
matt 13y ago
YoungSinatra 13y ago
@:monkeypop. Excellent point regarding insurance on the vette:) When I was in high school I wanted the '79' Camero Z-28:) I got a '79' convertable Volkswagen bug insted. I was horribly pissed of. But I dropped 8k into it for a custom racing engine and transmition:) I was faster than porsche 914's in the quarter mile:) If I had gotton the Z-28 I'd probably be dead:)
monkeypop 13y ago
Insurance on a vette for a 16 year old would be more than the car payment. I looked at a C4 vette when I was in my teens and full coverage insurance was over $300 a month which was more than the payments on the vette.
YoungSinatra 14y ago
I'm happy for you. I'm big about bang for the dollar. And you got a lot for the money. That being said. I have to agree with @'E'. With depreciation I would much rather get a used Corvette C-5 for $18 thousand in good condition. Granted..the corvette does NOT have a back seat if thats something you have to have. But it has a lot more prestiege than the little Cobalt with a bullet proof V-8 to boot.
dat dude 14y ago
pff most dont even try to **** with my turbo balt, and your exactly right, for the price i\'v payed to beat evo\'s and sti\'s... how could i go wrong
E 14y ago
If this was around when I was 16, I\'d get a used something or other. That\'s the thing with cheap cars, you can probably get a \"better\" old model of something else for the same price. This car is about 20,000. 10 seconds on google found me a C5 Corvette for $18,000 and a few more for $20-22,000. Of course, a new car is appealing for obvious reasons.
monkeypop 14y ago
You would have to be mad to take this over a evo/sti. But the point is that this is cheaper and could hold its own with those two cars.
Imagine you are a teenager trying to get your parents to sign for you at the dealer. The price of this car is so reasonable that you could get this rather than something like a civic or accord. If this would have been around when I was 16.. I would have had this rather than a damn accord.
E 14y ago
It has FWD. It is an Accord as far as I\'m concerned. I\'d wager the Evo and STi are a better drive, and they could certainly keep up with it.
monkeypop 14y ago
Check out the ring time.. faster than the Sti, evo VI & VII.
Wish I had this option when I was a teen. Thats a hell of a car for the price of a base model honda accord.
golf1diesel 14y ago
faster than Evo 9 on a circuit? is that a joke?
matt 14y ago
not to mention it put up 500whp on the stock turbo...
matt 14y ago
i\'d love to see a civic keep up, and look at some of the cars it\'s beating, it costs alot less than quite a few cars its been running better than... & whats shit about it? zzp\'s shop car is running 500whp on the ss/tc