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Old 09-12-2009, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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wht do you plan on doing with it?
the cobalt SS is not as expensive as the civic and the 05-06 came with supercharers and had 205HP and the 08-09 were turbo charged and had 260 HP both were able to get 300HP with a few bolt on mods also check out the SRT-4 neon they were also great bang for the buck FWD performace cars.
Many car mags sing the praises of the turbocharged Cobalt SS, and in particular about how its handling is vastly improved over the supercharged version. The turbo SS is a great bang-for-the-buck car. It's a shame the thing is so fugly and has a rental-car interior. But I'm still considering one anyway.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Saturn Astra (opel)
1st gen contour SVT/Taurus SHO
Volkswagon GTI
92-2000 civics, SI would be best
Ford Focus (with 5spd, weight savings)
Mazda 3s(they are heavy)

On that, any European make will inherently handle better than pretty much all else, so mini cooper, whatever else will be your best bet because cornering ability is VERY high on the priority list of people over the Atlantic, and is important considering their roads. As far as the cars on those list go i think they are probably perform around the same, but going with the lightest car will be best. From there you just have to decide what else is important, gas mileage/power/creature comforts, etc.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Texas
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First, I'd have to weed out a few cars; cars where, if I'm sitting in it, my head doesn't touch the roof.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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MINI Cooper. Easily.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Saturn Astra (opel)
1st gen contour SVT/Taurus SHO
Volkswagon GTI
92-2000 civics, SI would be best
Ford Focus (with 5spd, weight savings)
Mazda 3s(they are heavy)
I owned a 1st-gen SHO. Believe me, that car had way more motor than handling, and it was downright scary to drive at its limits. I'll grant that it handled way better than anyone might expect of a mid-80s mass-market American family sedan, but it just couldn't overcome its fundamental architecture to provide a truly satisfying driving experience.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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I owned a 1st-gen SHO. Believe me, that car had way more motor than handling, and it was downright scary to drive at its limits. I'll grant that it handled way better than anyone might expect of a mid-80s mass-market American family sedan, but it just couldn't overcome its fundamental architecture to provide a truly satisfying driving experience.
You are right. I owned a 1992 SHO, and it handled terrible. My SVT Contour, on the other hand, was the best handling car I ever owned. It was really a European sports sedan in disguise....

"We also found that it handled better than many other competing sedans (or even sport coupes) thanks to its quick-ratio rack-and-pinion steering and relatively sophisticated rear suspension. The SVT's additional horses, 16-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and exterior styling enhancements made it even more desirable"

Ford Contour Review - Edmunds.com

I can not believe I forget to put the 1988-1991 Honda Prelude 4WS on the list. I never owned one, but I did test drive it. I would not doubt if it is the "best handling front wheel drive car ever made."

Car Lust: 1988-1991 Honda Prelude 4WS
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: NJ
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the problem with the cobalt ss is, after all is set and done, it's still a rental-car-cobalt.

but since i own a 2008 mazdaspeed3 i might be a little biased
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Incognito
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Civic Si FTW!!
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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the problem with the cobalt ss is, after all is set and done, it's still a rental-car-cobalt.

but since i own a 2008 mazdaspeed3 i might be a little biased
I doubt the cobalt turbo SS will be used as a rental car they only come with a short throw 5 speed and most rental places only buy auto's but if the do I would rent one for the weekend and take her to the track for some fun
nice car BTW diddiyo I like the mazada 3's
heres a cool review of the SS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq5H9Y_vRR0

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Old 09-13-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I doubt the cobalt turbo SS will be used as a rental car
i should've been more specific the interior is still cobalt-rental-car like. exterior-wise, i prefer the sedan version of the cobalt ss over the coupe. i just can't get over the coupe's rear end. *shudder*

i'm sure it's fun to drive! not saying anything against that isn't it one of the fastest FWD cars around the nurburgring?
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