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    Cobalt SS/Impala SS

    The other day I was driving to pick up dinner for the family. My house is pretty close to a community college so this isn't the first time this has happened.

    As I pull onto the main road leading to the college a silver Cobalt SS (with some racing stripes) pulls behind me and then into the lane next to me. He revs it up and takes off.

    10 years ago I would have hit the gas and roasted this turd, but at this point in my life I just feel sorry for these people. This car had no mods and is obviously slower than a 2010 WRX. Do some of these kids just not realize it? That'd be like me pulling up to a new Corvette and reving it up. DUMB.

    Anyways, this got me kind of pissed because the Cobalt almost hit a car in front of us trying to squeeze ahead of me. On my way home (with a pizza in the car) I was getting on the interstate and an Impala SS was riding my ass. I could tell he was going to try and scoot to the far left lane as soon as he had the chance. I'd basically had enough of these idiots and took the left lane before he could just to piss him off. Got ahead a little bit, hit the speed limit quickly then moved back in to the right lane. He passed me and put his hands in the air like he won @ Talladega.

    I love my WRX, but seriously wish idiots would stop trying to race me (especially in town on roads children may be present with 25-35mph speed limits). The worst part is, they think they win when the other person isn't even racing, which makes them keep doing it. I'm all for open road speed, but come on people, you don't have to be so dumb about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinnell98 View Post
    Do some of these kids just not realize it?
    That is the key, and the answer is yes. The vast majority of people out there really have no idea how cars stack up in terms of performance. Many see a car like ours and figure its an easy mark. Other than real car people, most have no idea how much performance the WRX has. I like to call them ... "easy marks".

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    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    In one trip you got as many people as who try to race me in a year.
    That's what I get for building a house a few blocks from a community college. When the Cobalt driver moves out in a year, 3 more will move in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinnell98 View Post
    10 years ago I would have hit the gas and roasted this turd, but at this point in my life I just feel sorry for these people. This car had no mods and is obviously slower than a 2010 WRX. Do some of these kids just not realize it? That'd be like me pulling up to a new Corvette and reving it up. DUMB.
    With respect, it would be interesting for you to test your assumptions at a track. Road and Track did a comparo a while back comparing the 2009 WRX and Cobalt SS; quarter mile times were within a tenth, with the SS trapping 3mph faster. On the autocross course, the WRX edged it out by a tenth. Pretty good for a car that's $5000 less and FWD.

    Actually, it would be interesting for us to meet at the track. You would see my stock exhaust tips and assume that I have no mods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post

    Actually, it would be interesting for us to meet at the track. You would see my stock exhaust tips and assume that I have no mods.
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    Assuming the 18 year old kid could drive (and not spin the front tires like crazy) I still woudn't be too worried. Unless my eyes deceived me it said SS supercharged on the side of the car. I'm pretty sure the earlier models were supercharged and had far worse performance. To my point though, even if he was rolling in a C6 Vette, there's a time and place, and a busy street w/35mph speed limit is not it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinnell98 View Post
    Assuming the 18 year old kid could drive (and not spin the front tires like crazy) I still woudn't be too worried. Unless my eyes deceived me it said SS supercharged on the side of the car. I'm pretty sure the earlier models were supercharged and had far worse performance. To my point though, even if he was rolling in a C6 Vette, there's a time and place, and a busy street w/35mph speed limit is not it.
    Even the stock supercharged SS could trap just under a 100 mph in the quarter. Besides, a supercharger pulley, fuel system upgrade, and good set of rubbers could garner some pretty decent gains on those Cobalts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinnell98 View Post
    Assuming the 18 year old kid could drive (and not spin the front tires like crazy) I still woudn't be too worried. Unless my eyes deceived me it said SS supercharged on the side of the car. I'm pretty sure the earlier models were supercharged and had far worse performance. To my point though, even if he was rolling in a C6 Vette, there's a time and place, and a busy street w/35mph speed limit is not it.
    Hence my references to the track....and honestly, if your focus is on public safety, you probably shouldn't play the "piss off the guy trying to get in the left lane" game like you did with the Impala, right?
    I posted up because you called the kid's car a slow turd. It seems a little out of line when our cars are also just accessorized econo-boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinnell98 View Post
    Cobalt SS....This car had no mods and is obviously slower than a 2010 WRX. Do some of these kids just not realize it? That'd be like me pulling up to a new Corvette and reving it up. DUMB.
    Wow! Rayfield broke it down for your regarding what the magazines say. I would venture to guess that a highway pull (not that I condone that sort of thing) would have put you in your place. An econo box pulling up to another econo box is no where close to you reving at a Corvette. Get some perspective man. You drive a WRX, not a Twin Turbo Supra.

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    Before I bought me bugeye wagon last April I was looking at a 2009 Cobalt SS sedan which is the turbocharged version. It was one of the last available as it was April of 2010. One of the dealerships I was at really wanted me to take a black one off their hands so they let me take it home for a night and return it late the next day. I put about 150 miles on it and can say the thing has some serious pull. And it feels very confident on the edge around corners. They tuned the suspension at Nurburgring and it shows.

    Not sure if all of them do but the one I drove had a "power shift" feature for drag racing - Mash the gas and don't let up as you pull through the gears pounding the clutch pedal down. That's how I busted the trans in my '68 Cougar so I was reluctant to try it but the sales guy wouldn't let me get out of the car until I did a full launch and shifted second and third.

    I haven't driven a newer WRX or STi but I can say once the turbo spooled on the SS (which is much faster than my bugeye) it felt about as fast as an '04 STi I test drove.

    I agree with Ray...take it to the track and let the drving skills do the talking
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