Being the proud owner of a 2011 Chevy Cruze, I can safely say that the Delta II-based sedan is not a speed daemon. Sure, it can be fun in the twisties — but the stock power output of the 1.4 liter turbo-charged ECOTEC four-banger leaves much to be desired.
And that’s exactly why YouTube user Stattama decided to treat his Cruze Turbo to some powerplant mods. According to Stattama, the stock Cruze dyno’ed at 116 hp and 135 lb.-ft. of torque to the wheels on a Mustang dynamometer. But after fitting a ZZP intake, ZZP O2 housing, open exhaust cutout, and a Trifecta ECM file, the numbers jumped to 166 horsepower and an impressive 210 lb.-ft. of torque — again, to the wheels.
After watching the video below, hearing the sick exhaust note, and admirable turbo whine, my hands are a-itchin’ to follow stattame in his footsteps! Or how about getting the fine folks at GM to offer a more powerful motor — like the 2.0 liter ECOTEC turbo — in a high-performance Cruze Z-Spec?
Hat tip to Tyler R.