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Chevrolet Cruze tuned up – now offers 241 hp and 229 lb/ft torque (Photos)

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Walkinshaw Performance has tuned up the Chevrolet Cruze. The vehicle with a 1.4 liter turbo engine which was only capable of 130 hp and 148 lb/ft torque is now more powerful with its tuned up Ecotec engine offering 241 hp and 229 lb/ft torque with equates to 75% more power and 55% additional torque.

Besides these engine enhancements, the tuning company has also added some handling and suspension upgrades, while price of the tuned up model is still a mystery. Walkinshaw Performance equips the Cruze with ground breaking package. Tony Harris, General Manager of Walkinshaw Performance is excited about newly upgraded Cruze Hot Hatch which the tuning company has designed after hours and hours of testing and refinement.

Chevrolet Cruze is latest entrant in compact sedan segment. It possesses two new small displacement four cylinder engines – 140 hp with 1.4 liter turbo and a 138hp with 1.8 liter naturally aspirated engine. It is fitted with additional safety features which include a total of 10 airbags, stability control, anti locking brakes, traction control, anti theft, etc. It is also seen with heated leather power steering, sunroof, remote start and satellite radio.

Read the press release below for more information.

News Release

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.”