1994 Acura Integra V-Tech Coupe
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Head to Head
Oh man! This car is a dream! It corners, it accelerates fast and it has a good top speed. She is named Betty after the Creedance song Black Betty. It was the first song I heard in it after I bought it so I took it as her telling me her name. I have raced it against a variety of different cars. I have won and lost, but mostly won. The one that stands out in my mind was when I was just cruising down the highway in Fort Worth Texas and a Vette got next to me and blinked his lights to race. I actually beat him in the traffic for about five miles until my exit came up. I know my car is fast but it just goes to show you, the driver is what makes the car perform. And yes there was traffic, he tried a bunch of lane changing and got caught up. lol!
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 “Betty”
Its got an 1.8 liter V-tech running at a full 190 hp.
Specs for “"Bud"”
171 H.P. Dual Overhead Cam 4-cylinder.
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 “Betty”
Power everything. Including sunroof. And same as my RX7, 4 wheel disc brakes. Oh, cant forget the AC and the cruise!
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.
AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo
Mods for “Betty”
Its sitting on some Enkei performance rims, K&N Filter and intake with a Tornado in the intake tube. Bosch Platinum fusion plugs and high output plug wires and I am still adding to it. My budget for it has been cut in half since I got the RX7.
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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