General Motors Releases Specs on New Opel Engine
General Motors and Opel have developed a new, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that is set to debut in the Opel ADAM next year. This will be the first in a new family of small, direction injection engines from the automaker that expects to roll out a total of 13 new engines between 2012 and 2016, along with new transmissions. The new 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine, or Spark Ignition Direct Injection engine, delivers 115 horsepower and when compared to Opel's current 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine, the smaller engine offers up to 30 percent more torque and better fuel efficiency. "In developing this small engine, we not only set out to minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but also wanted to demonstrate that three cylinders can be just as refined as four or more," said Dr. Matthias Alt, Opel's Chief Engineer, Small Gasoline Engines, in a recent statement. So what U.S. car, if any, will GM drop this new engine into? According to the automaker, the 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine "can be used globally in a range of GM applications including larger vehicles, in combination with manual or automatic transmissions." We would expect to see this new engine show up in the Spark, Cruze, or Sonic down the line, although we should point out that GM hasn't made any formal announcement. Source: General Motors
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