Chevrolet Performance is the industry leader in crate motor sales, selling pretty much every Small Block under the sun through its annual catalog as well as its website. But many have been asking: where’s the love for the four-cylinder engines?
Answer: it will begin in January 2015, when the 2.0L turbocharged LTG four-cylinder Ecotec engine will become available. However, buyers can order it now (part no. 19328837). First seen in the Cadillac ATS 2.0T, the LTG in crate form boosts a max of 20 psi and is rated at 272 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 295 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. And more importantly, it’s for longitudinal, manual transmission applications only. AKA rear-wheel-drive. Yes, you can now turbo-four your F-body… or your Toyota FT86/Scion FR-S.
The engine will be offered as either a standalone unit or coupled with a six-speed manual transmission to go with it. Other stipulations include the fact that fabrication is required to incorporate a charge cooler for air-to-air intercooling. And a high-pressure fuel pump is also required for the integrated direct injection system. The engine carries a 24-month or 50,000-mile/80,000-kilometer limited warranty.