Fast and Furious: 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

The Cobalt was introduced in 2004 as the latest subcompact econobox from GM. Somehow the brass in Detroit have it in their head that changing the name from Corvair to Vega to Monza to Cavalier to Cobalt to Cruze…that prospective buyers might not realize it is the same horrible subcompact that fell apart after a few years.  Spoiler alert…it doesn’t work.  Find this 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS offered for $5,500 in Litchfield, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

 This bright blue Cobalt comes from the Supercharged era of performance (most superchargers have been replaced with Turbochargers for various reasons, mostly fuel economy and emissions related) and the 2.0 liter Ecotec 4-banger is boosted to make 205 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque. 

 A peek inside confirms the presence of a 5-speed manual gearbox, which, combined with the supercharged engine transforms the little GM econobox from mild to wild.  These really are fun cars to drive in the most basic sense — torque steer, wild one-wheel burn outs, and a flickable chassis combine to make a great car to hate-thrash…or autocross.

 See a cheaper way to get into your local Fast and Furious tribute club?