As four cylinders continue to relieve the duties of V6 engines (and as V6 engines replace V8 engines…) in the automotive landscape due to their power density and fuel efficiency, it’s become increasingly important to have a stalwart little motor that can fit into just about anything. Today, most automakers have become pretty darn good at doing so, but apparently none better than General Motors, as the 2.0L “LTG” turbocharged I4 is more powerful on paper than any other 2.0L on the market today.
In the application of the Cadillac ATS, the LTG spools up 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while capable of achieving 31 mpg on the highway when mated to a six-speed manual transmission. These specs were enough to earn it a spot on the Ward’s 2013 10 Best Engines list, along with other punchy four-pots from BMW and Ford.
Thanks to some quick improvements to the LTG, however, we may see even more of a power boost in the coming years. For instance, the 2014 Malibu’s 2.0T engine promises a major torque increase — with an estimated rating of 295 lb-ft. Will the same updates find themselves in the engine bay of the ATS? We certainly hope so.