My dads looking at trading in his Mini Cooper, we went and checked out the Cobalt SS... and unfortunately he hits his head on the ceiling (he's 6'4'') arg. I test drove one though, much faster than my ZX3.
Yes they are on par with the SVT on paper. Once you get to a track or autocross the MINI pulls away.Mini Cooper S performance levels are on paar with an SVT Focus (cept it looks cooler). But the S isn't priced that way... lets not kid ourselves and say the Mini offers the best bang for the buck. Its popular and not overproduced so they charge a lot for them and forget haggling.
Torquesteer = journalist bullpoo.The thing that got me the most was the torque steer test. They went up to like 10mph, took their hand off the wheel and punched it. The SRT-4 had a little, it gradually started going to the right a little. The cobalt ss however looked like it was making a right turn. It went off at a 45* angle. The SRT-4 has equal length halfshafts, thats one reason why it did so well.
Get your facts straight. SRT-4 does have equal length half shafts.the srt4 doesn't have equal length half shafts...that's the mini. The srt4 does have a LSD from the factory though.