Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chevrolet Cobalt SS

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS
GM Media Release

Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2008Powered by a 260-horsepower (194 kW) turbocharged and intercooled 2.0 litre 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.

The Cobalt SS delivers a quick 0-60 mph 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 Nurburgring racing circuit, posting a time of 8:22.85 minutes.

Ride and handing are supported by an all-new FE5 Sport suspension, with specific stabiliser 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 maximise performance whether on the street or track.

Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2008Four-wheel disc 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-calliper design, which resists fade better than floating calliper designs; the rear discs are vented for better heat dissipation. Large, twin-five-spoke 18-inch forged aluminium wheels and performance tyres are standard. They're mounted on 225/40-series Continental summer tyres.

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.

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.

The Cobalt SS coupe is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in late April 2008.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.0 litre Ecotec four-cylinder
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 260 hp (194 kW)
Maximum Torque: 260 lb-ft (353 Nm)
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive

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