Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles

Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.


  • Zandit75

    “Potent”……….If it actually had a power boost, this might be semi-desirable.
    The suspension/wheel/tyre/brake package is a good upgrade, but the rest adds up to basically a sticker pack special.

  • Well at least they give something to keep HSV busy. And maybe the response would led to more HSV editions.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too much black plastic.

  • Socarboy

    It will be interesting to see how these 2.8s hold up long term, hopefully no EGR & aftertreatment issues

  • Hockeyman

    Does anyone knows how much weight Ford Ranger Raptor have – kg?

  • Certainly looks the part

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