Leaked last night and quickly pulled down from a General Motors website for dealerships were the regular production order (RPO) codes for the 2014 model year. Of note, there were several new and intriguing engine combinations for cars that will be hotly anticipated when they make it to production.
Perhaps the most noteworthy is a 7.0-liter V-8 engine slated for the Chevrolet Camaro. Anticipated to be the car’s last model year before switching to the smaller, lighter architecture for its next generation, the Camaro is going to go out with a bang. The 7.0-liter V-8 that the RPO codes suggest is likely borrowed from the current-generation Corvette Z06, where it produces 505 horsepower . We anticipate this final model year special will resurrect the Camaro Z/28 name, and be pared down to the basics as a road racer–much like the original car of the 1960s and ’70s to bear the famous name.
Another notable inclusion is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the 2014 Buick Verano. The current Verano has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 180 horsepower that the RPO sheets suggest will be dropped. The new engine, if it is similar to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine already sold in Europe, could make 192 horsepower while netting better fuel economy. This is exciting news because the 2.4-liter engine has been one of our biggest criticisms of the Verano. Also, we recently complained about the 1.4-liter turbo engine’s lack of passing power in our First Drive of the 2013 Buick Encore that will be going on sale in February. That engine might be able to fit under its hood, although separate documents say it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
However, we anticipate the list that was leaked to be an early draft of what will end up coming out. The 2014 Cadillac CTS’s engines will all be carryover even though it is expected that the next generation will have a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder borrowed from the smaller Cadillac ATS. That leaves us to believe that the next CTS, which is rumored to bow at the 2013 New York Auto Show, will be a 2015 model.
Also of note, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel is not on the sheets even though it has been confirmed that the car will be launched sometime in 2013. We spoke to the product manager for the Chevrolet Cruze at the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo press launch, who said the diesel engine would make comparable power and fuel economy figures to Volkswagen’s diesel powerplant found in the diesel-powered Jetta.
And an odd inclusion is the listing of a Chevrolet Sonic with a 1.3-liter diesel four-cylinder. The engine has been sold abroad in Asia, Europe and Mexico for a while, producing 74 horsepower. We’re thinking that’s a long shot to make it to the U.S., however. Remember, Mexico is still considered part of North America.
Finally, after anticipation that the Chevrolet Volt might get a larger gas engine than its current 1.4-liter four-cylinder, it appears it’s going to be sticking with the 1.4-liter it currently has. It is likely that the upcoming 2014 Cadillac ELR that’s debuting at next month’s Detroit Auto Show will have a larger engine. Many other models, such as the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, were listed with their engines simply carrying over in displacement.
The RPO sheets were by no means complete; there were no listings for the upcoming refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal, for instance, or the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. Trucks, vans, and crossovers are on a separate document. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more, but all indications point to GM bringing out some products worth pining over.
Source: GM Service (PDF Removed from Internet)