GM's latest four cylinder makes Ward's 10 best list.
December 12, 2012
By: Nick Saporito
Wards Auto has named GM's all-new 2.0-liter turbo to their annual 10 Best Engines award. The engine first debuted in the 2013 Cadillac ATS and has since been added to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu as well.
In the ATS the engine generates 272 horsepower, making it the most power dense engine ever tested by the Society of Automotive Engineers with 136 horsepower per liter.
“The 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder is a stout performer that impressed all the WardsAuto editors,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto.com. “It muscled its way back into the winners’ circle with remarkable horsepower per liter, and the engineers deserve kudos for reducing engine friction some 16 percent, which means it runs smoother and more efficiently.”
Murphy added, “This engine gets four mpg better on the highway than the earlier version did a year ago in the Buick Regal GS, a former Ward’s 10 Best Engines honoree. That’s impressive. If the ATS can nibble into the market share of well-established German brands, the 2.0L turbo should get most of the credit.”
The 2.0 turbo generates 90-percent of its peak 260 foot-pounds of torque between 1,500 and 5,800 rpm.
GM's 2.0 turbo is joined by three other 2.0-liter engines on the list this year, with the following making up the complete list of recipants of the engine accolades:
- 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
- 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW 328i)
- 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 135is coupe)
- 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500)
- 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Focus ST/Taurus)
- 5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT500)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Cadillac ATS)
- 2.4L DOHC I-4 (Honda Accord Sport)
- 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
- 2.0L FA DOHC H-4 Boxer (Subaru BRZ)