Chevrolet Performance is no longer offering the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG engine as an available crate motor, GM Authority has uncovered. The LTG engine’s departure from the Chevrolet Performance lineup follows its departure in GM’s production vehicle lineup as well.
As we covered earlier in the week, the GM turbo LTG engine is now only available in the Chevy Camaro and Chevy Malibu. Originally debuting in the 2013-model-year Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Malibu, the LTG is part of General Motors’ large-displacement four-cylinder Ecotec engine family, and features dual overhead cams, Spark Ignited Direct Injection, a steel crank, forged powdered metal connecting rods, and a cast-aluminum block and head.
The LTG engine was recently discontinued in the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Terrain. GM is now phasing out the LTG in favor of the newer turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, which can be found in a variety of different vehicles, including the GMC Acadia, not to mention every model in the Cadillac lineup.
Chevrolet Performance introduced the LTG engine as an available crate motor at the 2014 SEMA show. Producing 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the LTG crate motor was designed for longitudinal, RWD, manual transmission applications, and was offered either as a standalone unit, or coupled with a six-speed manual transmission.
The crate motor originally cost between $8,000 and $9,000.
Now, however, as GM phases out the LTG engine in favor of the newer LSY, there is no longer capacity to offer the LTG as a crate motor.
Notably, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY produces less power than the LTG, and was designed for smoother operation and cleaner emissions. For reference, the older LTG engine produced 272 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque when equipped in the Cadillac ATS, while the LSY produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the 2020 Cadillac CT5.