Powered by a 260-horsepower (194 kW) turbocharged and intercooled
2.0L Ecotec engine, the Cobalt SS delivers a balance of track-proven
performance capability, driving refinement and premium features.
Offered exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission, it is also
an efficient performer, delivering an estimated 30 mpg in highway
driving – the best among top competitors.
of performance, features and efficiency comes with a MSRP of $22,995,
including a $660 destination charge. The Cobalt SS is well equipped at
that price, including standard air conditioning, premium sound system,
remote keyless entry, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system,
OnStar and XM Satellite Radio.
Major options include an
uplevel audio system ($295), sunroof ($750), high-wing rear spoiler
($195) and a limited-slip differential ($495).
The Cobalt SS coupe is expected to arrive in dealerships in late April.
Maximum performance on the street or track
The Cobalt SS delivers a quick 0-60 time of approximately 5.7 seconds –
thanks to the engine’s “no-lift shift” calibration – and an impressive
maximum lateral grip of 0.9 g. This combination enabled the Cobalt SS
to set a new class record when running the famed Nürburgring racing
circuit, posting a time of 8:22.85 minutes.
Ride and handing
are supported by an all-new FE5 Sport suspension, with specific
stabilizer bars, spring rates and damper tuning – all designed to
complement the high-output turbocharged powertrain and mitigate
afflictions such as torque steer. Driver-selectable modes help maximize
performance whether on the street or track.
brakes with standard ABS help ensure the car stops as confidently as it
accelerates and corners. The front brakes are from Brembo and have a
performance-oriented, fixed-caliper design, which resists fade better
than floating caliper designs; the rear discs are vented for better
heat dissipation. Large, twin-five-spoke 18-inch forged aluminum wheels
and performance tires are standard. They’re mounted on 225/40-series
Continental summer tires.
The Cobalt SS is also equipped
with a host of standard safety features, including the StabiliTrak
electronic stability control system and side-impact air bags.
Cobalt SS style
The Cobalt SS is distinguished on the exterior with several unique
features, including a distinctive, air dam-style front fascia with
integrated projector-beam fog lamps. New front upper and lower grilles
sport an SS-specific diamond-mesh appearance; and SS-specific rockers
and badging adorn the body sides.
A standard deck lid
spoiler can be replaced with an optional high-wing aero enhancement.
Also at the rear is a prominent, bright-tip exhaust outlet.
Inside the Cobalt SS are SS-embroidered sport seats with suede-like
UltraLux inserts, a specific gauge cluster, an A-pillar-mounted turbo
boost gauge and a specific shifter arrangement.