What Would You Do With the Turbocharged Ecotec?

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One thing we admire about General Motors is that when they do do something right, they do it so right that conversations cease. I'm sure you've all been here before, "Yeah, well, the Porsche Blah Blah Blah does 0-60 in blah and goes around some track in Germany in blah and has this crazy hyper-tech thingy that does blah." To which you simply cock your John Deere trucker's cap, spit tabacky on his Eurotrash spats and grunt, "Z06." Done, next! And what makes the Z06 so damn mighty? In a word, the LS7 beating under it's resiny hood. Turns out that the General has another engine that is the bees knees dressed in cat's pajamas — the 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo, direct-injected 2.0-liter Ecotec unit that powers both the Solstice GXP and the Sky Red Line to the tune of 260-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Meaning that a mill 5-liters smaller than the Z06's engine makes over half the latter's power. In fact, it has the highest specific output of any engine GM has ever made. So, we ask you and your GM hat for-a-day, what would you do with? You can see our nomadic response above.

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@jonnylieberman: You are correct about that torque thing. I've got the stage 2 on my supercharged 2.0 and I can pull from about 25 in 4th gear (useless but impressive trick). The stage 2 brings it up to about 250/240 according to most that have dynoed theirs.

I thought for sure a boosted engine of that displacement would bog under those circumstances but it's got low end to spare.

The turbo version will probably be easier to get big numbers out of then the SC version. I think the race teams have gotten almost 1400 hp out of them with a girdled bottom end. Last I looked they were running low 7's.