Originally Posted by F14CRAZY
I never knew of that 1.8L or 2.0L turbo motor. Hmm.
Someone said those Quad4s were over-rated as far as HP goes, but I dunno. The thing I brought up on another GM board was that the Quad 4 had 180 hp way back then, but like 20 years later, GM needs a supercharger to make 200 or so (Cobalt, Ion). It would seem to me that we'd have the technology today. You could bring up the Honda VTEC (Civic SI, S2000) that make a load of HP but I guess their power bands are pretty narrow.
GM may need a superchager to make 200hp in the Cobalt, but you're forgetting what torque is. An L27 doesn't have very impressive hp numbers either, but will out-torque many V-8'*.
Let'* not get in the habit of classifying engines based on HP alone. You're overlooking something just as important.
The Quad4 is IMPRESSIVE in stock form, particularly when coupled to a 5-speed. My first was, but my second was Auto. It'* VERY easy to wake them up, and a few have been Turbo'd aftermarket. Again, this is NOT wise with the OEM aluminum Head.