Holden Special Vehicles, HSV, recently revealed its first Holden Colorado-based vehicle, the SportsCat, but the tuning and conversion division may have plans for something hotter.
Motoring reported on Tuesday that HSV has begun studying the possibility of a true Ford Ranger Raptor rival. Ford has confirmed the off-road performance pickup will debut in Australia, leaving Holden and HSV without an answer at present.
Right now, the company is looking at either locally developed addition to the SportsCat lineup, or potentially converting the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to right-hand drive. HSV boss Tim Jackson left the future vehicle as an open-ended question.
“We are not very far down the line,” said Jackson. “We have done one Colorado SportsCat, now what does the next one look like? Where should we take it? Where should we go?”
Although the HSV SportsCat offers an optional SupaShock suspension, the pickup is still meant mostly for on-road driving. The Ranger Raptor will be positioned as a mid-size off-road machine.
Interestingly, HSV also hasn’t closed the door on a Colorado performance variant, either. The off-road pickup under consideration is a different project from what may potentially be called the Wildfire. Originally, the HSV Wildfire was rumored to pack a twin-turbo V6 engine. Motoring reported HSV continues to have issues with the truck’s electrical management.