That's right, GM has elected NOT to slap an SS badge onto their hottet up Equinox which is ironic when you consider that the craptastic 170hp Cobalt SS gets the double S but this 263hp hot ute doesn't. This thing is definitely sharper looking than its lesser stablemate but I'm still a bit iff on the slightly retarded looking trapezoidal air inlets. The MDXish box tips are a nice touch though. Under the hood (what you've all been waiting to hear about I'm sure) lies GMs 3.6L DOHC HF V6 rated at 263hp and 250 ft-lbs of torque in this application which beats the crap out of the 185hp 3.4L pushrod V6 in the base car. The 3.6L is mated to a 6 speed automatic that drives either the fronts or all 4 wheels. And while I know that this is an SUV it would've been nice if GM went the extra mile and equipped this thing with a pair of shift paddles to further emphasize the sport aspect of this thing. Other than that the interior is a further step up from the standard Equinox.
All in all this is a MUCH better sporty offering from GM than some of the others they've given us in the past. Oddly enough THIS is how to do an SS and yet it isn't given an SS badge. GM went and shoved the biggest engine they could into their smallest SUV and gave it a top notch transmission and spruced up the interior. The Equinox Sport is much more deserving of an SS badge than the 170hp Cobalt SS IMO. Oh well. In the end the Equinox finally has the ***** to do battle with the Mazda CX-7, Acura RDX and the Toyota Rav 4 V6 at the track which IMO is a step in the right direction.
We bought a loaded LS version and its actually very nice, especially for the price. It feels better then 185 hp but is no speed demon. The interior is very nice and most people are suprised how nice the little chevy SUV is. Looks better in SS form and would have liked the higher power level but the price would have to be right.
Wow...I actually like that. Nice job GM!! I almost forgot it was a GM product after reading it has a 6 speed auto.
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5.3 / 4L60E / 3.42 / G80 / Z85 GO: HPP3 : True Flow intake : JBA headers : Corsa Sport catback : Addco rear sway bar : Bilstein HD shocks SHOW: Silverado SS wheels : Silverado SS grille : debadged doors and tailgate : black front and rear bumpers : Belltech 2" rear shackles : NR Auto white face gauges : Line-X
Bruddah- the Cobalt SS has two different HP ratings. The quick one (13.9-low 14's) has 205hp. Dont care if it has 100hp or 500hp, if it runs 13's then its a quick little sucker.
Dont really know why they made a distinction between "SS" 170hp and "SS supercharged" 205hp, they should have just stuck the SS on the 205hp version.
I know the SS Supercharged is the top of the line model but the 170hp version is NOT deserving of the SS badge. I know back in the day you could order up SS Chevy's with different motors but anyone who thinks that a modern day 170hp Cobalt SS can be equated to a say a Camaro SS350 while the SS Supercharged would be the equivalent of an SS396 is off their nut. Simply put, only the top dog supercharged Cobalt should get an SS badge. In fact Chevy should stop being stupid and put the 240hp 2.0L turbo from the Solstice/Sky into the damn thing.