If we remind you of a broken record when it comes to a performance variant of the Chevy Cruze, it’s because the car is simply too good to waste by not offering more power to those who want it. Meanwhile, Australian aftermaket tuning company Walkinshaw Performance just released details about its own hotted-up version of the Holden Cruze.
The WP Cruze uses the Holden Cruze SRi-V hatch, which is equipped with the familiar 1.4 liter turbo engine and retails for a A$29,490 ($31,248 USD), as a starting point. It then adds A$19,995 ($21,187 USD) worth of cosmetic and performance upgrades that brings the total up to A$49,485 ($52,436 USD).
More than anything, the package offers a 75 percent boost in power, boosting the 1.4T’s 138 hp (103kW) up to a respectable 241 (180kW), while improving torque by 55 percent, from 147 lb.-ft. (200Nm) to 228 (310Nm). The power upgrade alone enables the hotted-up Cruze to go from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds, roughly a three-second improvement over the standard Cruze SRi-V (or, as it’s known in America, the Cruze LT or LTZ). The time statistics are estimates, by the way, as Walkinsaw hasn’t conducted tests yet, but the company’s general manager Tony Harris believes the tuned Cruze will become the first one in the world to run the quarter-mile in under 15 seconds. Tests are set to take place later this month.
Spec-by-spec, the package offers an upgraded turbocharger and exhaust manifold, a dual-outlet stainless steel exhaust system, a new front brake package with four-piston 343mm rotors, and an upgraded and tuned suspensions package co-developed with Bilstein and Irmscher. A set of white 18-inch Irmscher alloy wheels and a matte white exterior wrap by Exotic Graphics round out the exterior enhancements. On the inside, Walkinshaw adds branded sill plates and a modified shifter.
Don’t want to go all out on the upgrade? You don’t have to, as Walkisnhaw Performance also offers lesser packages starting at A$1,195 ($1,266 USD) for a good-ol’ ECU tune.
The GM Authority Take
This is a great effort by Walkinshaw — and the power numbers seem to hit the sweetspot.
Now, can someone remind us the reason that GM doesn’t build a factory-tuned Cruze? Because The General’s 2.0-liter turbo, with its 220-250 horses, seems like a great option for this already-excellent compact. And the fact that we can’t buy it directly from Chevy and/or Holden makes us grit our teeth in disappointment… as Cruze sales undergo a double-digit slide.