Fast forward to today and the heralded Super Sport moniker adorns everything from Malibu Maxx wagons to front-wheel-drive Impala sedans. Also among that group is the all-new Cobalt, an everyday two-door transformed into a quick coupe. Like the original in 1961, the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS adds unique tires, special SS badges, and interior enhancements like optional Recaro seats and a pillar-mounted boost gauge. With 205 horsepower, the Cobalt SS pales compared to the 300+ horsepower V8s of ’61, but it more than compensates with capable handling, a 0-60 mph acceleration time of about six seconds, and fuel economy in the mid to high 20s.
Unfortunately, the Cobalt SS doesn’t measure up so well against its competitors. When compared with more contemporary cars including the Dodge Neon SRT-4 and the Subaru WRX, that SS badge seems to lose some of its luster. Today’s lineup of sporty compacts offer more power or better build quality, or both, and in that arena, the fun-to-drive but otherwise disappointing 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS comes up super short.