Editor’s note: Though our Frank Cruz recently arrived at a decision, picking a Saab 9-3 Aero as his next daily driver after his Chevrolet Cobalt SS was totaled (article here), he took a moment to eulogize and recommend the Cobalt SS to those who may harbor a soft spot for the tiny turbocharged Bowtie bomber. Enjoy!
The first car I had considered upon learning my Chevrolet Cobalt SS had been totaled was another Cobalt SS — a 2009 Cobalt SS Sedan, to be exact. These were powered by the LNF, as all SS Cobalts were from 2008-2010. Some had the available limited slip differential option, as well as the RPD (somewhat of a stock scan gauge) option.
Only 474 of these were ever produced, all of them in the year 2009. The rarest color for the Chevrolet Cobalt SS is yellow, followed by the red, if I remember correctly. The Chevrolet Cobalt SS held the record at Nurburgring, first in its class and above the Mitsubishi Evolution X. They came with 260 horsepower stock, and with a few bolt-ons and a tune, they can make some impressive power — well over 300 horsepower.
A cool feature for these cars is the launch control feature, which basically limits the rpm so that you don’t launch at a higher RPM and spin off the line. Along with the standard sunroof and premium Pioneer sound package, the Cobalt SS comes with plenty of goodies, adding to its ‘best bang for your buck’ characteristic. The SS is a funny zippy car, much different from the beefier Saab 9-3 Aero I decided to go with.
To anyone considering a Cobalt SS, I recommend the car along with proper modding to ensure reliability and performance. If you’re in the market for MPG’s I averaged 35 plus on the highway, not bad for around 300 horsepower. I may entertain the thought of purchasing a sedan SS if I ever get a good opportunity, but I don’t really intend on going back to the Cobalt SS after experiencing the 9-3 Aero.