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Mr. Wyndham 07-17-2007 09:55 PM

GM Cancels Cobalt SS Supercharged
 
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Chevy cancels Cobalt SS Supercharged for 2008http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.au...cobaltss07.jpg



It's been a little while since we talked about the Cobalt SS Supercharged and maybe that's part of the problem. Although this sporty version of the econo-minded Cobalt and one step up from the non-blown Cobalt SS has won its share of accolades from sporting organizations and publications, it hasn't seemed to keep up with the vehicles at the head of the sporty compact class. We know that it is a competent performer, but it seems that GM has quietly decided to discontinue it. The naturally aspirated SS, however, will soldier on, but with a new name. For 2008, the Cobalt SS becomes the Cobalt Sport, and the Cobalt SS Supercharged is being dropped altogether. It could be that Chevy wants to focus more attention on the upcoming HHR SS we showed you a little while ago. Whatever the reasoning, it appears the little Cobalt that could, will be no more. Unless, of course, Chevy is just working on finding a way to get the GXP/Redline 260-hp mill into the Cobalt's engine bay. Follow the jump for the full list of changes for the 2008 Cobalt.

[Source: GM]

Deletions
  • (21U) Laser Blue Metallic exterior color
  • (56U) Sunburst Orange Metallic exterior color
  • LTZ Sedan model
  • SS Supercharged Coupe model
New Features
  • (37U) Imperial Blue Metallic exterior color
  • (39U) Blue Flash Metallic exterior color
  • (87U) Slate Metallic exterior color
  • (JL4) StabiliTrak stability control system
  • (NW9) Traction control
  • (ASD) Head-curtain side-impact air bag delete for Fleet and Government order types
  • (UE0) OnStar delete for Fleet and Government order types
Changes
  • 1AM37 is now called Sport Coupe and the equipment group code is now 1SP
  • 1AM69 is now called Sport Sedan and the equipment group code is now 1SP
  • (TV5) Sport Package is now called Performance Appearance Package and is an available option on 2LT Coupe and 2LT Sedan. The 3LT Coupe and 3LT Sedan equipment groups are deleted.
  • (ASF) Head-curtain side-impact air bags are now standard on all models
  • (US8) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback is now standard on all models
  • (U2K) XM Satellite Radio is now standard on all models
  • Instrument panel uppers are now Ebony on all models
  • LT Sedan with neutral interior now has woodgrain trim
Source:http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/04/c...rged-for-2008/
Okay, the main topic is all well, and good. But that's not what really interested me...read it closer, and you'll pick up on this:

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The naturally aspirated SS, however, will soldier on, but with a new name. For 2008, the Cobalt SS becomes the Cobalt Sport
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

This is solid proof that Chevrolet IS in fact taking steps to use the SS name a little less often....makes me happy.

TAG UR IT 07-17-2007 11:56 PM

Proof, yes. GM already came out w/ a statement a while back saying they were reviewing the use of the SS nameplate and that they thought they were using it too much.

SSRich 07-18-2007 12:01 AM

Yes the reason they are doing it is because (IMO) Camaro SS (hopefully). Im probaly going to get a cobalt sport and put SS badges on it because i love the SS nameplate. I need it for a work car and something nice and a little sporty.

OverAnxious 07-18-2007 06:04 AM

They could have just cancelled that dumbass wing and still had a nice car :D

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Originally Posted by TAG UR IT (Post 16093)
Proof, yes. GM already came out w/ a statement a while back saying they were reviewing the use of the SS nameplate and that they thought they were using it too much.

Correct - that was good to hear, just in time to nix the Equinox SS :thumbup:

OverAnxious 07-18-2007 06:04 AM

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Originally Posted by SSRich (Post 16094)
Yes the reason they are doing it is because (IMO) Camaro SS (hopefully). Im probaly going to get a cobalt sport and put SS badges on it because i love the SS nameplate. I need it for a work car and something nice and a little sporty.

Don't be a poser :thumbsup:

acscamarochick06 07-18-2007 08:55 AM

I don't see the point in having a SS unless it has a LOT of power with it!

SoFlaZ 07-18-2007 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by acscamarochick06 (Post 16111)
I don't see the point in having a SS unless it has a LOT of power with it!

AMEN!!

frodo 07-18-2007 02:42 PM

I was just at a Chevy dealership and saw the brochure for the 2008 HHR. It included info and pictures of the HHR SS. It will have the Turbocharged 2.0 Liter Ecotec. I hope that the cancellation of the Cobalt SS Supercharged is just to make room for a Turbocharged Cobalt SS.

Silverado 07-18-2007 03:02 PM

I personally think that Chevy should use the "SS" as the performance package across the line.....similar to AMG (Mercedes), M (BMW), V (Cadillac), etc. Probably closer to SRT (Dodge) and SVT (Ford), but still.....

Cobalt SS....absolutely....needs a minimum of 220 HP and a good looking SS-specific body kit (no big-ass wing on the back...save that for the aftermarket)....this would at least give the "ricers" an American option...compete with the Civic Si, the Sentra Spec-R, the GTI, etc.

Impala SS....again absolutely...Chevy has done this one right to an extent....good power (more would be better, but....)....needs better looking wheels and some body differentiation (front/rear fascia change, maybe some rocker covers)...compete with the Camry, Accord, "Taurus", etc.

Same idea across the line....

Equinox SS...needs close to 300HP and a seriously upgraded interior.
Trailblazer replacement should put out 320-350HP
Tahoe SS...350HP minimum, AWD from the Escalade
Silverado SS...400+HP motor and AWD used in Escalade/Sierra Denali
Camaro SS...500+Hp
Corvette SS...650-700HP

Probably don't bother with an Aveo SS, but pretty much everything else should have an SS option....it just needs to be a real upgrade, not a plastic body kit and big rear wing only package.

OverAnxious 07-18-2007 08:32 PM

Just because DCX overuses SRT doesn't mean GM has to :cool:
Personally I'm glad to hear GM is cutting back on it :D

Mr. Wyndham 07-18-2007 08:57 PM

[quote=Silverado;16130]Equinox SS...needs close to 300HP and a seriously upgraded interior.
Trailblazer replacement should put out 320-350HP
Tahoe SS...350HP minimum, AWD from the Escalade
Silverado SS...400+HP motor and AWD used in Escalade/Sierra Denali
quote]

No, no, no. these need to end. Completely. SS is super sport, so unless the truck loses all of it's "truckness" - nix it.:thumbdown:

SSRich 07-18-2007 11:32 PM

You guys have to understand that the cobalt SS is for the tuner guys which i think the cobalt is a pretty cool looking car and see nothing wrong with a SS on it. It has been killing other import on tracks and setting new records.

Mindz 07-19-2007 03:47 AM

I just drove a SS supercharged at Rev it up. There wasn't much difference in the autocross course they had set up between the SS and blown SS, it just seemed that there was slightly more power in the higher RPMs. The HHR wasn't turbo'd, but it'll probably be like my Eclipse, just a 4 door and heavier like the neon.

I honestly don't mind the overuse of SS. It's like a warning label. If you have a BMW 52x series, and you pull up to a mercedes SL 500, you might feel inclined to have a go at it. If you see SL55 or AMG on the rear, you probably "wouldn't want none".

Granted people go out of their way to put GTR badges on civics and a few people put M on their bimmer or SS on their non SS Chevy's, but it's not at popular as you would think. People can tell most of the time if your car is the real deal.

OverAnxious 07-19-2007 07:01 AM

[QUOTE=Dragoneye;16162]
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Originally Posted by Silverado (Post 16130)
Equinox SS...needs close to 300HP and a seriously upgraded interior.
Trailblazer replacement should put out 320-350HP
Tahoe SS...350HP minimum, AWD from the Escalade
Silverado SS...400+HP motor and AWD used in Escalade/Sierra Denali
quote]

No, no, no. these need to end. Completely. SS is super sport, so unless the truck loses all of it's "truckness" - nix it.:thumbdown:

So a tuned suspension, more performance and upgraded exterior styling doesn't make a vehicle an SS?

What do you think the SS cars from the sixties were?

It makes no difference if it is a truck, just don't use it on every model you offer on showroom floors and over do it :cool:

I think the Trailblazer SS is one of the better values out there, for an MSRP starting at only $32K you get great performance, great styling, very nice wheels (an area GM has been lacking until recently), nice interior treatments etc.


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