Video The Chevy Cobalt SS Makes No Sense

Video Chevy ✅ The Chevy Cobalt SS was a weird one. During the late era of the Dodge Neon SRT4 the supercharged Cobalt SS came onto the scene – however the turbo model is really where the SS came to be. Surprisingly, the turbo Cobalt SS is one of the quickest and most affordable tuner cars on the used market today. Once the fastest front wheel drive car in production – it’s hard to imagine the time of weird American tuner cars dominating the FWD scene out of the box. The SS we are driving today makes 310HP, has bolt on’s from ZZPerformance, and feels incredibly light. So what happened to the Cobalt SS? Let’s talk about it. ✅ The Chevy Cobalt SS Makes No Sense

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the public solution
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[Music]
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hey guys David here and welcome to the
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Chevy Cobalt SS one of the most peculiar
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cars Chevy has ever made it is very
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rainy outside but thankfully this is
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front wheel drive and thankfully it’ll
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be manageable the Cobalt SS in a lot of
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ways to me is the spiritual successor of
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the Dodge Neon SRT4 are they different
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car companies yes but the philosophy is
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very similar it’s an american-ish 2
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tuner car that capitalized on the
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four-cylinder turbo wave now the kobold
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SS though in a lot of ways I think
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is a better car now the Dodge Neon SRT4
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I think has a little bit more of a cool
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Factor behind it the Cobalt SS we know
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of today had two main versions now the
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first one was an Eaton supercharged
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four-cylinder Now The Supercharged
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version was a lot of fun to drive but it
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usually isn’t the one that people
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remember now what’s funny is Chevy’s
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contract with Eaton actually expired so
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that’s why they moved on to the
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turbocharger see for me I always thought
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it was just a natural progression thing
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like the engineers were like we gotta go
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turbo we’ll get more power out of it but
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it was mostly out of necessity to keep
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the force induction around for the
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Cobalt SS this one though is the
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turbocharged version now the
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turbocharged version made 260 horsepower
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and 260 foot-pounds of torque it has a
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big jump from The Supercharged version
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now this one actually makes about 310
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wheel horsepower it has some goodies
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from ZZ performance a fantastic company
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if you’re in the Ecotech realm of
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e-brake the thing is huge
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backstory about the first time I knew
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the kobold SS was a force to be reckoned
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with back when I lived in Virginia Beach
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I would go to this car meet all the time
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called Jin Rose in this red kobold SS
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that looked just like this would come in
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and just ruin a lot of people’s day
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essentially back then almost everything
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in the performance World ran 13 second
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quarter miles like the muscle cars did
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everybody did so if you had a muscle car
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a lot of the times like a Mustang or a
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Camaro the red kobold SS would be door
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to door with it for a second and then
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the very top end powered away would kick
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in and start pulling on it now from a
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dig it’s a little bit different of a
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story The Cobalt SS are at a 13 nine
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quarter mile but from a roll this thing
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was an absolute monster for the time
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foreign
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torque steer that was a lot of torque
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steer that time holy smokes
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had to avoid debris
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and at the time the Cobalt SS believe it
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or not was the fastest front-wheel drive
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car in production so this weird Niche
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Chevy that came out kind of out of the
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blue in their little compact Economy Car
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of course other cars like the Civic Type
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R have beaten that by a long shot but
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we’re talking over 10 years ago
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now the kobold SS is a very divisive car
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when it comes to the looks but honestly
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I kind of dig the back a lot with the
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wing and the circular tail lights kind
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of Corvette inspired in a way which is
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funny because the C6 Corvette in the
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Cobalt SS share the same steering wheel
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if
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yeah GM Interiors not the greatest in
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the 2000s now this has a five-speed
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manual transmission the 2-liter Ecotec
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comes on super hard I mean the turbo
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spool is extremely fast the power band
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is extremely usable and I’ll be honest
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with you this is one of the most slept
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on performance cars somebody could buy
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and the reason I say that is because you
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could buy these especially before you
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know the world ended you could buy these
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for like five thousand dollars in the
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used Market if it was high mileage but
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you could totally find one of these put
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some bolt-ons on it and hurt some
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serious feelings
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mm-hmm
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the engine in the kobold SS definitely
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feels more ferocious than say a Mazdas
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b3’s engine as well as
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I know that’s a weird comparison but you
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know think about the same price range at
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the time the Cobalt itself wasn’t that
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great of a car as a commuter car but the
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SS really sticks out because this was
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also during the time where Chevy was
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kind of throwing darts at a board to
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kind of figure out what works and what
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didn’t work and I appreciate that I love
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it when a car company ex you know
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experiments with different formulas the
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Trailblazer SS the kobold SS the HHR SS
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the Impala SS that was front-wheel drive
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with a V8 super peculiar stuff also the
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Ecotec has a much deeper tone than most
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four-cylinders so you don’t get that
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raspy high-pitched beehive-ness
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from a lot of four cylinders with an
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exhaust and this has some nice burbles
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on it as well when you just kind of let
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off the gas
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also I want to point out I really like
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the seats in the Cobalt SS these C feel
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fantastic and they keep me in place but
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they’re not back breaking handling wise
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this car actually did like an eight
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minute Nurburgring time I think it was
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like eight minutes and
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two seconds somewhere around there and I
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think that’s fascinating that this
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little economy car was a
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whoa
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you get a lot of Turbo noise too that’s
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a nice touch a lot of the times with
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these smaller turbo cars from the
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factory you don’t get a get a lot of
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turbo or blow-off noise this you get
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quite a bit the way the power comes on
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the Cobalt SS
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feels like a little bit more modern
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version of the SRT4 but the handling
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definitely feels Superior in my opinion
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foreign
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oh yeah also this thing came with
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Factory Brembo brakes that were
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absolutely massive for this little tiny
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car
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got a little bit of traction there road
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is drying up a little bit
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foreign
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third gear takes you to a very high
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number I was right
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a little bit of that torque steer in
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third gear
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foreign
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also feels light it feels Nimble and it
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feels like it does what you want it to
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do the Torx here adds a little bit of
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excitement but you do need to be a
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little bit careful especially in the
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situation I meant today in the rain now
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let’s talk about reliability if you
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if but a few of them had some timely
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chain issues and stuff like that I just
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think it’s such a bargain of a
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performance car and get for God dang
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this thing’s quick
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foreign
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always good to have your tools in the
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back during the car review there was
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also the Saturn Ion Redline which is a
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kobold SS as well basically in a
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different skin but it was The
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Supercharged version the Cobalt SS is
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actually
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a car that wasn’t rare to obtain
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seems like it’s rare today
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you can go almost anywhere and you could
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see you know an exotic or whatever
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it’s actually very hard to find a kobold
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SS in decent condition because a lot of
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people did try to tune them out to
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Oblivion but if you do down pipe and
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tune and some bolt-ons from ZZ
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performance like it just wakes this
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thing up it’s incredible
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yo this thing is quick third gear in
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this thing it starts to freight train
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super hard that is also why in a roll
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race this thing can really hold its own
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against a ton of different cars because
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first and second year it might not be
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with its competitor but third gear will
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really start reeling it out
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just roasting oh it just said on the
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screen flow traction yeah
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dude yeah
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I’m having fun I’m
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out of fun in this thing
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in your rearview mirror the big Wing
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like this thing I feel like would
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absolutely annihilate a WRX like it
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wouldn’t even be a race like that’s what
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it feels like of the time this thing
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would absolutely destroy stuff like that
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let her eat sometimes the steering ratio
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is very quick so it doesn’t feel really
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numb or like something’s missing and
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even though the steering wheel is
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notorious for being the Cobalt steering
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wheel and the Corvette it feels good in
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your hand it doesn’t feel expensive or
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nice or anything but it feels really
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nice in your hand you have a real nice
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grip I would have one of these over at
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SRT4 not even kidding if I was looking
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for like a budget turbo car
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definitely look into these I’m
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really I forgot how fun this thing was
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one of the biggest selling points of
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this car to me is that it comes with a
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limited slip differential and for the
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pricing of this car that’s amazing and
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the year it came out the fact it came
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with a LSD with this kind of power and
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everything it’s fantastic it’s awesome I
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mean there’s a lot of cars today that
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charge 10 grand for a limited
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sub-differential you probably know who
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I’m talking about I think that’s great
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that they’re like look this car just
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can’t exist with
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can’t happen
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and these reactions this is more so my
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reaction to have I driven faster cars
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yes but for the money for the money
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there’s not a lot of stuff this fast
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think about the cars out in the used
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market today that are so overpriced for
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the power per dollar this one even oh
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it’s front wheel drive it kind of Suits
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the car and again it suits the
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personality on that note what do you
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guys think about the Cobalt SS turbo Now
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is it going to blow your socks off if
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you have something a little bit more
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expensive or something else maybe not
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but in my opinion this is probably my
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favorite of the American four banger
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Tudor cars when it comes to single turbo
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four-cylinder and on that note I upload
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on Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays and I
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will see you guys next time take it easy
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