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Revealed: 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Sedan

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Revealed: 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Sedan
Two-hundred and sixty raging horses on tap for Chevy's compact sedan.
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Link to original Article @ Motive Magazine


In terms of quiet car reveals, the 2009 Chevy Cobalt SS takes the cake. At a Bakersfield, CA driving event for the new turbocharged coupe, Chevy had an example of the sedan on hand for viewing purposes only. Click the headline above to see the car from all angles. Like the coupe it'll be available exclusively with a manual transmission that shares space under the hood with a 260 hp turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter four. The sedan goes on sale next fall as a 2009 model, but the coupe will hit dealers later this month as an '08. Pricing will start at $22,995, with a $495 limited-slip differential, a sunroof, metallic paint, and a rear wing being the only options. That price is equal to the larger HHR SS' base, but the Cobalt will come standard with Continental summer tires and larger Brembo brakes behind the wheels.


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I can't put my finger on it... but why does this look a bit more upscale than the regular Cobalt. Body shape hasn't changed... but something is different.

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I can't put my finger on it... but why does this look a bit more upscale than the regular Cobalt. Body shape hasn't changed... but something is different.

It doesn't have the 4x4 stance.

Plus, that color is fantastic.

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no chrome, subtle ground effects and spoiler, killer wheels.

this thing might be in my garage this fall. it's near the top list of candidates, for sure.

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It's the color: that sport red tint coat is worth the extra money. It's gorgeous in real life. Those wheels don't hurt either.

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Cool, but the Cobalt got pretty dated pretty fast.

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That's a great sleeper!

Cool, but the Cobalt got pretty dated pretty fast.

Aye, it did. Especially the sedan.

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Plain-Jane & uninspired styling has aged poorly... what a difference those quad-circular

tail lights & other subtle differences like the sleek roofline make in the coupe. This car

is very bland and the coupe is also starting to look dated but the TURBOCHARGED four

should make for an awsome sport-compact!!!

A styling refresh and some less generic wheels would make this car put the smackdown

on anything in Honda's "sport-compact" stable $-per-$.

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I can't put my finger on it... but why does this look a bit more upscale than the regular Cobalt. Body shape hasn't changed... but something is different.

pictures weren't taken in a grey studio...?

it's a nice, "stealth" package with only the wheels and smallish SS's on the fenders/ (trunk?)...

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this car will be a serious stealthmobile. one of the most fun test drives i had when shopping 2+ years ago was an Ion redline. now imagine, more hp, better chassis, better interior......

i think if i could manage to be able to wedge my wide ass into the narrow sports seats i could probably really like this car. i wish i could get my sister out of her hyundai and into this thing.

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The Cobalt sedan has always had an attractive profile. It has a very good chassis. The SS also has a rapid engine. But simply adding carrots to a bed of lettuce isn't going to produce a verity of celeriac.

I can think of a few simple pointers for Chevrolet. 1) Shod it with some rather large integral f@#k-off driving lamps and front fogs. 2) Give it four-wheel drive. 3) Give it a snout which doesn't look like a schoolgirl's Cavalier or your grandmother's shopping trolley. 4) Equip it with Recaros and get rid of the silly "SS" moniker on the seats. 5) Enter the thing in a touring car championship or SCCA rally championship in Washington state. 6) Think about what their cousins at GM Europe were doing with the Chevrolet emblem when they developed the Ultra concept a few years ago.

GM - use your loaf. You're trying to win friends driving WRXs and Ralliarts. Think about the stuff car enthusiasts are actually enthusiastic about in this genre of vehicle.

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pictures weren't taken in a grey studio...?

Actually, the official SS sedan photos weren't taken in a grey studio. Also, the official photography still doesn't capture the depth of the paint quite like the unofficial ones I posted do.

Here is an official shot, which I neglected to post because, well, GM never does any car they build any justice through their photography department.

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On that note, sorry to kill some of the excitement in here.

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*Yawn* They could have atleast given it the coupe's rear fascia.

Yeah, that would have been cool.

Is it just me, or did they change/re-shape the rear bumper?

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Is it just me, or did they change/re-shape the rear bumper?

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Nope.

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Nope.

Hmm... at first I thought the SS bumper was taller, but maybe it's just that its ass isn't up in the air as compared to the non-SS.

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Hmm... at first I thought the SS bumper was taller, but maybe it's just that its ass isn't up in the air as compared to the non-SS.

Also, you have to remember that the rear 3/4 shot I posted wasn't taken by a crew of baboons with five-hundred dollar Nikon cameras. :P

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*Yawn* They could have at least given it the coupe's rear fascia.

Ask and ye shall receive!

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Too bad that was just a concept! :smilewide: :AH-HA_wink:

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^what they should have done.

*edit* lousy timing for a new page, I was referring to the concept pictures.

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^what they should have done.

Can't say I dissent with that sentiment. Which is why I am particularly interested in where GM is going next with the Delta II Cobalt, stylistically. :AH-HA_wink:

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Can't say I dissent with that sentiment. Which is why I am particularly interested in where GM is going next with the Delta II Cobalt, stylistically. :AH-HA_wink:

I'll be curious whether it'll be the same car as the J300 Chevrolet Lacetti replacement, or whether it'll be a different model unique to North America as with the current Cobalt.

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I'll be curious whether it'll be the same car as the J300 Chevrolet Lacetti replacement, or whether it'll be a different model unique to North America as with the current Cobalt.

I don't think too much will be different. :AH-HA_wink:

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this car is a serious super duper sleeper bargain. I'll take the aggressive lip spoiler and aggressive lower grille/intake from the concept above, add some blackouts to the stock rear tails, carbon fiber gray hood and gray colored versions of the stock wheels [or some better designs, not crazy about these wheels] with the stock red color. also grille from the concept pictured above and more distinct headlamps, or switch in the Astra headlamps if they fit [think they should]. something more like the astra headlamps would be cool. with all the changes you have a $25k sports sedan [with some expert negotiating], that'll blow the doors off most sport compacts, except STI and Evo. This car is awesome. Thank God for aftermarket.

REG if you want some serious fun, you should consider what I said above, and freaking get this car. read the reviews on Edmunds for the SS coupe and you don't have to hesitate in thinking the updates are phenomonal, I especially like the suspension changes. Don't care if you have to get your wide ass to the gym to fit, this car sounds like serious fun. I'm almost considering getting one, of course with the changes I said above. [that being said, I might be in the market at the end of the year/early next year, at which point lots of interesting alternatives will be available, including Camaro.]

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