2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Delivers Musclecar Torque, Says GM

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Diesel means a lot to General Motors. Or at least that’s what we can assume judging by the company’s bold statements regarding their new sedan.
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And there’s nothing wrong with that, but GM’s latest press release made our eyebrows go up a bit at first, upon which we started giggling and poking ourself round the office. While that may sound rude, we assure you it’s just about how automakers tend to exaggerate when promoting a new vehicle.

Getting right to the point, GM claims the 2014 Cruze Diesel Turbo can provide classic musclecar torque thanks to its “overboost” feature. In GM’s own words, classic musclecar torque means “280 lb-ft for about 10 seconds of stronger acceleration”, or the “equivalent torque delivered by the 1972 Camaro Z28’s heavier 5.7L V8”.

Now please bring out the tar and the feathers if we sound too picky and biased, but the 1972 Chevrolet Camaro wasn’t that much of a Z/28 when it went down from the 380 lb-ft of torque it used to deliver in 1970. In fact, the same 280 lb-ft of torque were offered on the 1978 Camaro Z/28, well into the Malaise Era. In short, GM chose to compare the Cruze's figures with a detuned and emission-restricted musclecar. Not the best example...

Rant aside, Cruze Diesel’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine boasts 151 HP and returns an EPA-estimated 46 miles per gallon on the highway. Not bad, not bad at all.
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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