Chevrolet won't sell the Cruze wagon or the Cruze hatchback here in the U.S., and dammit if that doesn't make us angry. Now Australian tuner Walkinshaw Performance is adding insult to injury with this hotted-up Holden version of the Cruze.

Turning up the wick on the Cruze's 1.4-liter turbo engine, Walkinshaw has managed to extract some 241 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque from the little Ecotec. In standard U.S. trim, it makes only 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, so the modifications add a whopping 75 percent more power and 55 percent more torque. While Walkinshaw doesn't mention specifics, its Cruze upgrade package will also include upgraded suspension and brakes. No price was announced.

The full press release is posted below.
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Walkinshaw Performance unveils Hot Cruze Hatch

• The first Australian made Cruze Hatch with Australian engineered WP upgrades.

• New engine performance upgrades for the 1.4 iTi Turbo with 80% more power and 50% more torque.

• Equipped with a range of handling and braking upgrades.

• Ready made for Holden Cruze Series II product.

• Range of custom packages to suit any budget.

Walkinshaw Performance (WP) today unveiled an exciting new direction for the company with a unique range of upgrades developed for Australia's first WP Hot Cruze Hatch.

The featured car is based on the Australian made Series II Holden Cruze SRIV Hatch with the 1.4 iTi 4 cylinder turbo charged engine.

Working with one of its key business partners; HPF in Victoria, WP has increased the power output of the engine by a staggering 80% without compromising the driveability of the vehicle. These upgrades have taken the existing Holden 1.4 iTi engine power from 103 kw to 180 kW and torque from 200Nm to 310 Nm.

Walkinshaw Performance GM Tony Harris says of the WP Cruze Hot Hatch: "It's a very exciting day for WP announcing this ground breaking package which is the result of hundreds of hours of testing, refinement and discussions between the WP team and our suppliers to bring to market a truly unique product."


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      Anthony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine this upgrade in the Sonic...whoa.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anthony
        Welcome to what the Sonic RS (perhaps SS?) should have been... the so called "hot hatch we've all been waiting for."
      getoffmydinghy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Y u no 6 speed Cruze SS?!?!?
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      No worries. Everything will be all white!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably still stock internals, but most definitely a turbo upgrade, along with accompanying intercooler and bolt-ons. Probably a pretty fun little ride. Too bad GM won't do anything like this themselves.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a coworker who bought a cruze and they don't like it. They bought it 2months before gm started the don't like it return it promo. They went to trade it in and the car lost over 10k in value. They paid 28k and the dealer told them trade in was worth 16k. They only made 3 payments on the car. Thats crazy.
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Couple thoughts - ANY volume-sales new car loses value immediately when driven off the lot. And if they really didn't drive it that much (two months?), it makes me wonder why they bought one in the first place. Finally, any private-party sale would net MUCH more than trade-in value. Regardless, I'm not sure I'd trust that co-worker with anything financial - basic economics seems to have eluded them.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Perhaps you coworker should consider leasing a car.
        ss1591
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Your friends must be really out there! You can get a Cruze loaded for $26k and if you are going to trade in a car after 3 months you will get killed even if its a BMW. Cars loose a minimum of 25 percent driving it off the lot, so far the Cruze has been rated good by every car magazine and has not received anything negative from consumer reports. Your friends paid over sticker and now the dealer wants a pound of flesh to trade it in. By the way where did they try and trade it in at?
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        If your coworker paid 28k for a Cruze, they were stupid to begin with. Don't trust their judgement.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Is it that they didn't like the car, or they just like what they got for the money they spent. Two completely different issues. I wouldn't like a Cruze that amount of cash either. Here is where this story doesn't hold water, if your friends were stupid enough to make such a deal, they'd be too embarrassed to talk about it.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        I guess your co-worker is in the 10% that don't bother to test-drive a vehicle...
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's. Still. 1.4L.
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Right. But we know the 2.0T from the Regal goes in no problem thanks to the Verano. Chevy, give us a Cruze SS w 270+ horses!
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        They make 600hp from 1.6L and 2.0L engines, gonna bitch about those being too small too?
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          But for how long do they put out that power? You can get 1200 HP out a V8 easily, but only a couple times...
        KelperFoxWolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        So what. Downsizing is here to stay, go back to your greasy V-Cylinder engines; and let real experts manage turbo engines with poise and grace.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KelperFoxWolf
          I'm all about a finely tuned turbo 4 putting out big numbers (hell, I daily drive one) or better yet, a straight 6; but you'll have to pry my lopey, rumbling, grumbling, smelly and greasy 440 six pack out of my cold dead hands.
      Sir Shagsalot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone know the Ford Focus split on hatchback vs sedan sales? From what I see on the street my guess 60% hatch. And yet the marketing geniuses at GM tell us we don't want hatchbacks. I'd never consider a Cruze sedan. I'd definitely consider a Cruze hatch. Until GM gives me a reason to visit their showroom, I won't.
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Shagsalot
        A quick bit of googleing shows that 55%-60% of US Focus sales are sedans. Now, I prefer sedans, and wish Ford would offer the Focus ST in sedan form, but people should have a choice, and GM is being stupid for not offering a hatch Cruze, since all the design work has been done anyway.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Shagsalot
        where i live i only see new focus sedans. i see a few fiesta hatchbacks but most are sedans
      JASON ANDREW
      • 2 Years Ago
      still an ugly car
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many will Holden employees steal before management reveals they have no inventory controls?
      Moe Khan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trust me, you don't want the Cruze hatchback. I love hatchbacks, and it's the only car where I'd rather have the sedan. They really messed-up with the styling on it.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Moe Khan
        The styling looks just fine to me, and probably looks just fine to every other person who has seen the pictures and still wants a Cruze Hatchback.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical tuner product, I wonder why everyone is clamoring about getting this to the States? It would be very coarse to drive at freeway speeds and would put enormous strain on the 1.4 motor.
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      For would sell more of the focus if they could engineer a better looking sedan... Americans don't buy hatchbacks or German station wagons they way euros do
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        2011 U.S. Fiesta sales: about 60% hatchbacks U.S. Yaris sales: about 60% hatchbacks U.S. Accent sales: 77% hatchbacks U.S. Versa sales: 65%-71% hatchbacks U.S. Impreza sales: 43%-48% hatchbacks U.S. Aveo sales: 51% hatchbacks U.S. Mazda 3 sales: 25% hatchbacks... not the majority, but nothing to scoff at. Also remember that the sedan version for almost all of these cars can be had for less. But still, U.S. buyers were ok with paying more for the hatch (and managed to ignore the salesbot who was likely trying to push them towards a small SUV...). Ford already has a better looking Focus sedan. It's called the Focus hatchback (and it's more useful, to boot!)
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