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Cars > Challenges > “Supercharged SS” Vs “"Bud"”


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Niagara Falls, New York
United States

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States


2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Supercharged SS

“Supercharged SS”

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS


Photo of: 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Photo of: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Head to Head


About “Supercharged SS”

Well my Kia Forte got totaled from someone who ran a stop sign and I t-boned them. I then took my insurance refund and bought this beauty. It took lots of searching and lots of testing many cars but I stumbled upon this one. I test drove it and instantly loved it. First off the appearance was what draw me to it, it is immaculate and only $10,000. Then I sat in it and the interior is as nice as the exterior. I then asked to test drive it and put the keys in the ignition and seen it had only 51,000 miles on it and I was even more impressed. After my test drive I was pretty much in love. The car handles great, has great power, great fuel economy, and is overall a nice ride. So i bought it and the only problem was it needed a new rack and pinion, which was no problem and the dealer fixed in a day. So now I've had this beauty since September.

About “"Bud"”

In late 2005, I decided that I didn't want to subject my '66 Corvair daily driver to another winter of Pennsylvania road salt. Its floors had virtually no rust, just a little surface rust, and I wanted to keep it that way! GM was having one of its rebate promos, so I checked into how much a Cobalt would cost. The local dealers (I have three within 10 minutes!) all came in too high, but there was one about ten miles away that quoted me a price that was just too good to pass up. They pitched me the SS, with the equipment I wanted, cheaper than one of the other dealers quoted me on am LT!
I call it "Bud" because I'm a big NASCAR fan, especially the Earnhardts. Dale Earnhardt was, is, and always will be THE MAN! Dale, Jr. is currently my driver, because, after all, he is his father's son. Now, at the time, JR. drove a red Chevy SS with "Bud" painted across the hood. What else am I going to call MY red Chevy SS? (I have no plans to repaint it in his current colors!)
And for all you other NASCAR fans out there, I'm open to guesses as to what Bud's license plate "BOOG8Y 3" means.


Specs for “Supercharged SS”

Quick specs:

0-60: 6.3 secs (personally tested and captured on vid)
0-100: 17.6 secs (personally tested and captured on vid)
1/4 mile: 14.9 @94mph est (est. of 1/4 mile test on road)

Gas Mileage: 18 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
Engine: V6, 3.8L Series II Supercharged
EPA Class: Mid-Size
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity: 5
Passenger Doors: 2 dr
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, heavy-duty, electronically controlled with Overdrive


Weight Information:
Base Curb Weight: (lbs)3522

Interior Dimensions:
Front Head Room: (in)38.1
Second Leg Room: (in)35.8
Passenger Capacity: 5
Front Hip Room: (in)55.2
Front Leg Room: (in)42.4
Second Shoulder Room: (in)57.8
Passenger Volume: (ft)98.2
Second Head Room: (in)36.5
Front Shoulder Room: (in)58.3
Second Hip Room: (in)55.5

Exterior Dimensions:
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)72.7
Liftover Height (in)- TBD -
Wheelbase: (in)110.5
Track Width: Rear (in)61.2
Height: Overall (in)55.2
Length: Overall (in)197.9
Track Width: Front (in)62.1

Cargo Area Dimensions:
Trunk Volume: (ft)15.8

Fuel Tank capacity: (gal) 17 Premium unleaded


SAE Net Horsepower 240 @ 5200 rpm
SAE Net Torque @ RPM280 @ 3600
Engine Order CodeL67
Fuel SystemSFI
Engine TypeGas V6

Trans Type 4
First Gear Ratio (:1)2.92
Second Gear Ratio (:1)1.57
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)0.71
Reverse Ratio (:1)2.39
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)2.93
Trans Order Code: MX0


Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)11.93 x 1.26
Disc - Front
Brake Type: Power
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)10.94 x 0.43
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)2.30
Steering TypePwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)39.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall13.2


Rear Tire SizeP235/55WR17
Spare Tire Order CodeNA
Front Tire Order CodeQWM
Spare Tire SizeT125/70D16
Front Tire SizeP235/55WR17
Rear Tire Order CodeQWM


Rear Wheel MaterialAluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in)Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel MaterialSteel
Front Wheel MaterialAluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)17 x 7.0


Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)0.77
Suspension Type - FrontMacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - RearMacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)1.34


Air Bag-Frontal-Driver Yes
Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger Yes
Air Bag-Passenger Switch (On/Off) No
Air Bag-Side Body-Front No
Air Bag-Side Body-Rear No
Air Bag-Side Head-Front No
Air Bag-Side Head-Rear No
Brakes-ABS Yes
Child Safety Rear Door Locks No
Daytime Running Lights Yes
Traction Control Yes
Night Vision No
Rollover Protection Bars No
Fog Lamps Yes
Parking Aid No
Tire Pressure Monitor Yes
Back-Up Camera No
Stability Control No
Other FeaturesBrakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Tire Inflation...
Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger (Always use...
Trunk emergency release handle LATCH system, (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children)
Traction control, all-speed
Daytime running lamps

Specs for “"Bud"”

171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
5-speed Transaxle.
0-60: About 7.5 seconds (official Timex wristwatch timing!)
Top Speed: I've had it up to an indicated 130, but I ran out of road. It still had some left in it.


Factory Options for “Supercharged SS”

SS Superchaged trim. Just base model, No leather, Single CD, No sunroof, Fog lamps, Auto dimming mirror, Ground effects, and the rest is just typical standard equipment,

Factory Options for “"Bud"”

SS Equipment package.(includes 171 HP. Ecotec 4-cylinder Engine, 5-speed manual Transaxle, Sport Front and Rear Facia,
Power Windows and Door Locks, Body Color Rear-View Mirrors
Driving Lights, Remote Trunk Release, Carpeted Floor Mats, Multi-Function Trip Computer, 17" Polished Alloy Wheels, 4- Wheel Disc Brakes)
Victory Red paint.
Charcoal Leather interior.
Heated seats.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Power Sunroof


Mods for “Supercharged SS”

Custom Pinstriping, K&N Drop in Filter, and Sylvania Silverstar ultra headlamps.

Mods for “"Bud"”

None (Yet...) except a set of Falken tires - it used to corner well, now it handles like a go-kart!
I'm planning Silver Chevelle SS-style stripes and full window tint next summer.


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