Equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine (LTG) making an impressive 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in “under six seconds.” That torque figure is not only best in class, but it’s also superior to many V6-equipped models — even those outside of the midsize sedan segment.
Take for example the current Ford Mustang and its 3.7L V6 engine rated at 280 lb.-ft. of torque — 15 lb.-ft. lower than the front-wheel-drive Malibu Turbo. That’s even the case when comparing the 2014 Malibu Turbo to the Camaro V6, which has a lesser 278 lb.-ft.. More to the point, the 2014 Malibu Turbo is capable of beating the current Camaro V6 in a zero-to-sixty miles per hour sprint, with its sub-six-second time to the Camaro’s 6.4-second time. That’s pretty impressive for a family sedan.
With these performance figures in mind, does the Malibu still need a V6? We don’t think so. If anything, it’s the Camaro that might need a heart transplant.