Aussie fettlers Walkinshaw Performance has unveiled this Holden Cruze (Chevrolet Cruze in Malaysia) in their home market down under. Based on the Series II SRi-V hatchback, they’ve managed to extract 241 hp and 310 Nm of torque from the turbocharged 1.4 iTi engine (factory output figures are 138 hp and 200 Nm).

The tuning company touts this as “the first Australian made Cruze Hatch with Australian engineered WP upgrades” – that improve handling and braking – although it has not gone into specifics on the kind of upgrades or the price. You can see from the pictures below though, that there are some unique WP seats, wheels and twin tailpipes amongst others. WP says there are a “range of custom packages to suit any budget.”

Our domestic-market Cruze is the 1.8 LT, available only in sedan form. The twin-cam Ecotec powerplant produces 140 hp and 176 Nm of torque. Read our two test drive reports of the global sedan, here and here.