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San Francisco: The Chevy Cobalt SS is a fairly smart looking car. Its nip-and-tuck styling helps its driving feel and a conspicuous gauge on the driver's front pillar is the most obvious sign that you're sitting in a high-performance version of Chevy's Cobalt economy car.

This week I love this little Chevy. It has a supercharged engine that sounds wonderfully obnoxious when it winds up. It has a taut suspension that's tuned just right, firm enough to make corners fun, but soft enough to keep you from needing dental work when you hit speed bumps. Heck, it even looks OK, and it has a very sexy engine.

The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder power plant makes 205 horsepower, which is a mind-blowing number for such a small car. Better yet, it doesn't feel supercharged. Most supercharged engines are annoying. You stomp on the accelerator, then sit and wait for the blower to finish its breakfast before, WHAM! Then it pumps the engine full of fresh air and gives you a sledgehammer-like dose of power.

The supercharged Cobalt SS isn't like that. Its power delivery is smooth, linear and instant, so the result is a little engine that feels like a big one. It also produces plenty of torque, making it easier to drive around town than its competitors. Too bad the other parts of the Cobalt don't stack up.

Its manual transmission with only five speeds, as opposed to six, feels a tad sloppy. When you change gears the Chevy's shifter says "flub-flub-flub," like it's made of rubber. The suspension, while slightly more comfortable isn't nearly as thrilling. When approaching a corner the little Chevy says, "No more, please not again!"

Inside, the Cobalt comes close to matching the segments quality, which is a major improvement for General Motors, but it lacks the coolness factor of the other cars in this class. Yes, it has a nifty boost meter that shows how much your supercharger is sweating, but it doesn't have a giant tachometer to make it a true driver's car.

Pricing is slightly in the Cobalt's favor, as it starts at only $20,925 for the supercharged version. It's yet another reason that, if given the choice, I'd think about buying one.

What was tested? The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Coupe with a base price of $20,925. Options: Limited-slip differential ($795), 1 year OnStar service ($695), side air bags ($395), 18-inch wheels ($395).  Price as tested including a $615 destination charge: $23,820.

Why avoid it? Others sell a better sports coupe for about the same price.

Why buy it? It has a wonderful supercharged engine with explosive power.  By Derek Price  AutoWire.Net - San Francisco


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Byline:  Syndicated content provided by Tony Leopardo AutoWire.Net
Column Name: Supercharged Chevy is hot and fun to drive
Topic: The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Coupe
Word Count:  514
Photo Caption:  The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Coupe
Photo Credits:  Chevrolet Cobalt Internet Media
Series #:  2007 - 58

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