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HSV Cruze might be using 286hp 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo to fight with Ford Focus RS

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After Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) confirming that they are currently considering the Cruze to work on during the launch of the E3 range. A lot of attention has been focusing on HSV now.


Recently, Go-Auto did an interview with HSV Managing Director Phil Harding, he confirmed that HSV was investigating a performance version of the Cruze.


The Cruze may use the same 213kw (286 hp) 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo engine that intended to use on the upcoming Opel Astra OPC / Vauxhall Astra VRX in late 2011. As both the new Astra and the Cruze are based on GM’s Delta II platform, it would be a comparatively simple job to transplant the engine from one to the other. However, he highlighted that HSV are looking at a couple of options as well.


Besides, the Cruze may also need suspension upgrades and front end modifications to handle the expected FWD torque steer, as its torsion beam rear suspension is not as sophisticated as the independent rear setup on competitors like the Ford Focus RS.


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Holden Cruze confirmed to be part of HSV range


Holden Special Vehicles or better known as HSV is confirming that they are currently considering a four-cylinder model to work on. Thus, Australia will likely to have a home-grown hot hatch within two years - An HSV version of the Cruze.


However, there is no report whether it will inherit the HSV version to the Chevrolet Cruze. We supposed this will be an exclusive model for Australian market.


The managing director of HSV, Phil Harding, confirmed the Cruze during launch of the E3 range (the E-Series 3 line-up of Commodore-based V8s), which will be built in South Australia from next year, was the “best option” for the company to break its V8-led mould.


Harding confirmed the brand was looking to expand beyond its large-car range, giving a hint a small car could be in HSV’s future. “We’re constantly on the lookout for that sort of stuff,” he said when quizzed about vehicles other than V8-powered derivatives of the Commodore.


On the other hand, four-cylinder engine are far from strange to HSV. One of the first cars it built in the late 1980s was a tweaked version of the Astra, the SV1800. More recently, HSV sold a turbocharged four-cylinder version of the Astra coupe, which it sold as the HSV VXR. The car was never a hot seller but opened the brand to new range of customers.


We hope that the Hatching Plans by HSV will built a success story with the upcoming HSV Cruze soon. Maybe a powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will just sweet.