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DSCOTY '08: Boy Racers Level 1
What is Dieselstation's best lower-end boy racer of the year?
Chevrolet Cobalt SS [ 13 ] ** [25.49%]
Chevrolet HHR SS [ 1 ] ** [1.96%]
Dodge Caliber SRT-4 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Nissan Sentra SE-R [ 2 ] ** [3.92%]
Subaru Impreza WRX (STi excluded) [ 13 ] ** [25.49%]
VW R32 [ 22 ] ** [43.14%]
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clarkma5
post Feb 8 2008, 08:47 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Base MSRP:
$21,500 (est.)
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 260 HP and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual transmission with “no-lift shift”
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (limited-slip differential optional)
EPA Fuel Economy: 20 City/28 Highway (based on HHR SS model)
Curb Weight: 3000 lbs. (est.)







Chevrolet HHR SS
Base MSRP:
$22,375
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 260 HP and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque (235/223 with automatic).
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual with “no-lift shit” or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (limited-slip differential optional on 5MT)
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/28 Highway (4AT), 20/28 (5MT)
Curb Weight: 3280 lbs.







Dodge Caliber SRT-4
Base MSRP:
$22,435
Available Engines: 2.4 liter turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 285 HP and 265 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 23 City/29 Highway
Curb Weight: 3189 lbs.







Nissan Sentra SE-R
Base MSRP:
$19,760
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 177 HP and 172 ft.-lbs. of torque (200/180 on Spec V).
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (Spec V only) or CVT (base only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (limited slip differential optional on Spec V)
EPA Fuel Economy: 24 City/30 Highway (CVT), 21/29 (6MT)
Curb Weight: 3048-3072 lbs.







Subaru Impreza WRX (STi excluded)
Base MSRP:
$24,350 (4-door), $24,850 (5-door)
Available Engines: 2.5 liter turbocharged DOHC 16-valve horizontally-opposed flat-4 with 224 HP and 226 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: All wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 20 City/25 Highway (4AT), 19/25 (5MT)
Curb Weight: 3142-3241 lbs.







Volkswagen R32
Base MSRP:
$32,990
Available Engines: 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed dual-clutch sequential manual gearbox
Available Drivetrains: All wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 City/23 Highway
Curb Weight: 3547 lbs.





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post Feb 8 2008, 08:52 PM
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Impreza by default.
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post Feb 8 2008, 09:11 PM
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R32, its just so sexy. AWD = love.
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post Feb 8 2008, 09:12 PM
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Cobalt SS. Do I need to post a link to their forums for you?
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post Feb 8 2008, 10:34 PM
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I also went for the Cobalt SS. It's simply the most legitimate performance car here.

I also like the Spec V (it's a good all-rounder for the price) and the R32 (sweet sweet VR6 engine note and the best looking one here) but if you want to really thrash a car, the Cobalt's the best choice by far. Based on my experience with the supercharged model, Chevy got the handling nigh perfect on the SS.
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post Feb 8 2008, 10:39 PM
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Nor can you ignore 8.22 around the ring. thumbs_up.gif


... or so GM claims.
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post Feb 8 2008, 10:44 PM
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well 8:22.85...close enough.

I trust that the number is legit. And damned impressive, of course. That's quicker than a Porsche 993 Carrera was (slower than a 996 3.4, though, but still damned impressive).
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post Feb 8 2008, 11:34 PM
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After the Cobalt chat on IRC the other night, I can't vote for anything else.
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post Feb 9 2008, 01:56 AM
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R32 only because it sounds like the devil.
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post Feb 9 2008, 02:16 AM
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I voted R32, it sounds like a duck on steroids.
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post Feb 9 2008, 06:39 AM
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Calibur, SE-R and HHR are hideous.

Cobalt is a bit to plain in my eyes, and FWD. I respect what it can do, but after the super charged version we used to got, I would always feel like I got less car.

R32 is cool, but for $8000 less, I can have a car which is only lacking 26bhp, 10ft\lbs of torque, still has an awesome AWD layout, and is >300lbs lighter (which would make up for a bit of the power deficit).

WRX for me!
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post Feb 9 2008, 07:53 AM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Feb 9 2008, 09:39 AM) *
Calibur, SE-R and HHR are hideous.

Cobalt is a bit to plain in my eyes, and FWD. I respect what it can do, but after the super charged version we used to got, I would always feel like I got less car.

R32 is cool, but for $8000 less, I can have a car which is only lacking 26bhp, 10ft\lbs of torque, still has an awesome AWD layout, and is >300lbs lighter (which would make up for a bit of the power deficit).

WRX for me!


Haha, stole the words straight out of my mouth. tongue.gif Not to mention, it has better gas mileage than the R32 and it has a real transmission.
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post Feb 9 2008, 09:47 AM
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If I had to actually buy one of these, it'd be the WRX. I'm not a Volkswagen fan, and Subaru's quality, reliability and very impressive AWD system give me it's vote.
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post Feb 9 2008, 11:02 AM
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The WRX is still by far the best built all around racer amongst the lot.
Also, having the R32 in here is stupid.
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post Feb 9 2008, 11:34 AM
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^ I was just going to say that. Shouldn't the R32 be in the same league as the STI and Evo?
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post Feb 9 2008, 11:44 AM
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I had to pick where the R32 would go...I know it's pricy for this group, but it's softer and slower than the STi and Evo (and the other cars in that group). So while it fits into the higher group in terms of price (though it would be cheap up there), in terms of capability and intent it's more in line with these cars.

I didn't expect it to be winning the vote here, I thought people would bitch about how fat and expensive it is and pick something else. Hell, I think it's too fat and expensive and I'm a VW fan so that's why I picked the Cobalt tongue.gif
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post Feb 9 2008, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Feb 9 2008, 12:44 AM) *
well 8:22.85...close enough.

I trust that the number is legit. And damned impressive, of course. That's quicker than a Porsche 993 Carrera was (slower than a 996 3.4, though, but still damned impressive).

it's most likely me being cynical, but I often wonder how "stock" these cars are when they post these head scratchingly quick times. Are they on stock tires? Was anything done to the computer? Was the boost turned up? Was it a blue printed engine?

It's one of the reasons that I normally consider 'Ring times to be completely irrelevant.
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post Feb 9 2008, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Feb 9 2008, 01:44 PM) *
I had to pick where the R32 would go...I know it's pricy for this group, but it's softer and slower than the STi and Evo (and the other cars in that group). So while it fits into the higher group in terms of price (though it would be cheap up there), in terms of capability and intent it's more in line with these cars.

I didn't expect it to be winning the vote here, I thought people would bitch about how fat and expensive it is and pick something else. Hell, I think it's too fat and expensive and I'm a VW fan so that's why I picked the Cobalt tongue.gif

You underestimate how the veedub fanbois ...
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post Feb 9 2008, 01:20 PM
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I went with the WRX on this one. I don't know how it compares to the 2004 model that I drove but it epitomizes the Boy Racer car.
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post Feb 10 2008, 03:36 PM
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HHR SS, only because of the panel version. And it has:
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