Some of the sports cars got a bad publicity just because of their maker. The cars were actually pretty fast, still crap but fast crap.

3. Chevrolet Cobalt SS

chevrolet cobalt ss

But while the money was haemorrhaging through every GM orifice, someone decided to endow Chevy Cobalt Sport with a supercharger that in 2008 became a turbo. It sent 260bhp to the front wheels, which sent droves of butthurt Mustang, Charger, and WRX drivers home to rethink their life choices. It may have been crap, but it was fast crap.

The LSJ engine did not meet emissions requirements for the 2008 model year, and General Motors' contract with Eaton had expired. Surely there will be a Chevrolet Dealer in the USA that will make you a great offer!

The non-supercharged 2.4 L Cobalt SS also lost its Super Sports designation for the 2008 model year and was renamed "Sport". However, in fall 2007, a more powerful Chevy SS Cobalt was announced for the second quarter of 2008.The car would be equipped with the 2.0 L, turbocharged, direct injected, VVT, LNF Ecotec engine, making 260 hp (194 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb·ft (353 N·m) at 2000 rpm, and remain mated to the F35 5-speed manual transmission. The engine had been introduced in a rear wheel drive application for the 2007 GM Kappa platform, which includes the Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, and Opel GT whipped by a car half the MSRP...

4. Chrysler PT Cruiser GT

pt cruiser

Remember the Neon SRT-4? Yeah, that same engine and five-speed manual found its way into the loved-then-shunned PT Cruiser. Although the styling is a bit off, Chrysler is not the same just after Fiat and Chrysler made a deal! The quirky hatchback became a pimple on Chrysler’s backside thanks to terrible quality control and dated styling, but for a few years those flashy chrome rims could deliver smoky burnouts and respectable thrust. The PT’s additional mass slowed it down compared to the SRT-4, but it was still among the quickest front-wheel drive performance cars of the early-mid 2000s.

The PT Cruiser GT (also known as the GT Cruiser) is a high output turbocharged hot hatch variant of the PT Cruiser introduced as a 2003 model. Much like the Dodge Neon SRT-4 sedan, the PT Cruiser GT uses the same 2.4L turbocharged I4 engine. The engine is upgraded over the standard PT with improved cooling, oiling, an aluminum cylinder block with steel sleeves, and forged internals.

The PT Cruiser GT is much more powerful than the standard Chrysler log and has the potential to make significantly more power with available and relatively simple performance upgrades. Upgrades such as MOPAR Stage 1 and supporting turbo components are common. Most performance parts from the Dodge Neon SRT-4 are compatible with the PT Cruiser GT.


215 hp (160 kW) @ 5000 rpm and 245 lb·ft (332 N·m) @ 3600 rpm (2003–2005)
230 hp (170 kW) @ 5100 rpm and 245 lb·ft (332 N·m) @ 2400 rpm (2006+)
Top speed 125 mph (201 km/h) (Governor limited)

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