Originally Posted by cp-the-nerd
Don't forget that the Malibu Eco has 182 hp + boost from the battery system. 8.2 seconds actually puts the Eco near the head of the midsize class. If the 2.5L hits 7.9 seconds like Motor Trend and Car & Driver have been told, that will make it the fastest midsize car with an automatic behind only the feather weight 2013 Nissan Altima.
I have now had my Malibu Eco for about 8 weeks. The electric boost never kicks at maximum power output of the 2.4l, but it kicks in at the lower RPMs up to around 3000 to 4000 RPMs. Thus the power assist can actruely come into play any time from idle up to the 3000 to 4000 RPMs
Please note the 182 HP figure for the 2.4l comes in a a vary high RPMs. The eassit is additive but only at the lower RPMs.