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Walkinshaw Performance marks Bathurst 50th

King of the mountain: The WP Series II (left) was a tribute to the TWR Group A Commodore and Walkinshaw are now offering a limited edition Bathurst 50th Anniversary Pack.

Limited supercharger kit for V8 Commodore as Walkinshaw marks Bathurst birthday

Holden logo5 Oct 2012

By HAITHAM RAZAGUI

WALKINSHAW Performance is celebrating 50 years of ‘The Great Race’ with a limited edition of 50 Bathurst 50th Anniversary Packs for the VE Commodore SS and HSV E-Series.

The kit, priced at $21,960 including fitting, combines a supercharger and sports exhaust system that boosts performance by around 50 per cent, complemented by lowered suspension and various dress-up items.

Delivering 480kW of power and 802Nm of torque on HSV cars or 460kW and 780Nm on the SS Commodore, the upgrade centres around a WP230 supercharger, ‘super sport’ steel exhaust headers and a cat-back exhaust system with carbon-fibre tailpipe trims.

Lowered suspension, carbon-fibre door mirror housings, a Walkinshaw Performance-branded number plate set and sill plates plus special Bathurst Anniversary badging and build number plaque finish off the look.

Customers also receive a Walkinshaw Performance golf bag with a full set of clubs, a limited-edition History of Bathurst book and an anniversary pack certificate – but increased stopping power to go with the extra grunt is an optional extra.

Although aftermarket upgrades have an impact on a car’s factory warranty, Walkinshaw Performance covers the drivetrain upgrades under its own scheme.

Although the Walkinshaw Performance hot-shop forged its reputation with pumped-up Commodores, it has diversified its offerings with Hummer tuning products and Irmscher accessories for other Holden products, including the Barina Spark city car, Barina light car, Captiva SUV and Aussie-built Cruze small car.

In August the company announced a true-blue hot-hatch version of the Cruze, with the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine boosted from 103kW and 200Nm to become a 180kW/310Nm hand-grenade.

Walkinshaw Performance asks $19,995 for a comprehensive Cruze transformation, not including the donor car, which costs from $25,040 plus on-roads, bringing the total driveaway price close to $50,000.

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