A huge rear wing and loud exhaust note make the
2006 Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged coupe seem like it was designed for a
teenager. Still, it drives wonderfully and offers lots of speed for the
Pickup truck manufacturers have known it for a long
time: The more customized you make a vehicle, the more customers you'll
If you look at the truck lineups at Ford, Dodge and
Chevy, you'll quickly realize that ordering a truck is a lot like
ordering a hamburger. You can pick exactly what you want and take off
everything you don't need. You can get two-door and four-door versions,
two-wheel or four-wheel drive, heavy duty or light duty, and a long list
of engines that range in power from lawnmower to freight train.
When you count the different paint colors, optional
equipment and trim packages, it seems no two trucks are exactly alike.
Well, the same thing is happening with today's cars
and SUVs. A few years ago the major choices might have been simply
between a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine and a manual or automatic
transmission. Want a diesel or a supercharger under the hood? You might
as well have asked for gold-plated toilets in place of the bucket seats.
It just wouldn't happen.
Here's a look at a vehicle I tested last week that
puts a custom spin on an otherwise ordinary car.
The normal Chevy Cobalt is a good, solid economy
car known more for its price than its speed. It's just not all that
But when you put in a supercharged engine and a
suspension tuned at Europe's famous Nurburgring circuit, the Cobalt is
anything but dull.
This $21,400 car looks, feels and sounds like it
belongs on a racetrack. It's bold, brash, noisy and harsh in a way that
gets your heart pumping but doesn't wear you out, and its boy-racer body
draws more attention than the base Cobalt's simple shape.
There's a lot to like about this car, starting with
its 2.0-liter engine that makes 205 horsepower. It pulls strong all the
way to redline, yet it still offers lots of low-end grunt for easy
passing. The stiff suspension is perfect for quick blasts down winding
roads, and the solid chassis really shines in this high-performance
There are a couple of things I don't like though.
The engine seems to redline too low compared to, say, a Honda Civic Si,
so I ended up hitting the rev limiter a couple of times.
I also didn't care for the funky styling, which
seemed to draw attention for being more outlandish than beautiful. The
giant rear wing and buzzy exhaust note look like they were designed for
16-year-olds. Still, it's wicked fast for not much money, and you gotta
What was tested? The 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
SS Supercharged coupe with a base sticker price of $21,400. Options:
None. Price as tested: $21,400.
Why buy it? It's extremely fast for such a
low price. Its supercharged engine makes lots of smooth, even power, and
the sport-tuned suspension makes it feel like a racecar.
Why avoid it? It looks like it was designed
for a teenager. By
Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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