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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