Holden Cruze turned into 180kW Walkinshaw Performance hot-hatch
The first true Holden Cruze hot-hatch has been unleashed in Australia, with homegrown tuning company Walkinshaw Performance unveiling a high-performance version of the locally made small car with a price tag just below $50,000.
Based on the $28,490 Holden Cruze SRi-V 1.4 iTi hatch, the $19,995 WP Cruze Hot Hatch package introduces a number of visual and performance upgrades for a total cost of $48,485 before on-road costs.
Power from the Cruze’s turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine has been boosted 75 per cent (up from 103kW to 180kW), while torque has also climbed 55 per cent (from 200Nm to 310Nm).
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Walkinshaw Performance extracts 180kW from Aussie-built 1.4-litre Cruze
8 August 2012
By HAITHAM RAZAGUI
AUSTRALIAN hot-shop Walkinshaw Performance (WP) has turned up the wick on the Holden Cruze’s standard 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine to 180kW and 310Nm, creating a true-blue hot hatch.
Those engine output figures put the WP Cruze up there among hot hatch royalty, with just a handful of kilowatts separating it from bigger-engined production models such as the Volkswagen Scirocco R, Renault Megane RS250, Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX.
The aftermarket conversion of the Cruze fills the void left by the absence of an official hot Holden small car from WP’s sister company, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).
HSV looked at building such as car to replace the Astra VXR that it previously imported from Vauxhall, but opted instead to develop the car by its arms-length subsidiary WP, which has no official ties with Holden.
WP achieved the high specific power output of 129kW per litre by bolting on an upgraded turbo and exhaust manifold linked to an upgraded stainless steel exhaust system bolted to the back of the catalytic converter, along with the necessary engine management tweaks.
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