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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