HSV, or Holden Special Vehicles, has often been about one thing: power. For decades, HSV took standard Commodores and built powerful muscle cars fit for bedroom posters. But, with Holden’s future limited to imports, HSV must change, too. And its new agreement with Holden provides a new business opportunity moving forward.
The HSV Colorado SportsCat is the start of a fresh relationship with Holden. In fact, the off-road pickup is actually branded “Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV,” in an effort to tie Holden and HSV closer together, no doubt. Another big change: the SportsCat isn’t about power, but rather, off-road refinement. There are no upgrades to its 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.
HSV’s market research showed consumers weren’t keen on more power in a Colorado, but they were interested in a better off-road package. So, HSV did just that. The Colorado SportsCat will come in two versions: SportsCat and SportsCat+.
The first features a reinforced strut brace, enlarged anti-roll bar, and stiffer, raised, springs. The base SportsCat also earns MTV dampers, a wider track, and 18-inch tires by Cooper. HSV and Cooper designed the tires to be a better all-round off-road performer in wet, dry, and other elements. Finally, a larger master brake cylinder and a retuned stability control system round out the pickup.
Moving into the SportsCat+, the range-topping off-roader adds many other goodies. Notably, it’s styled differently and features a honeycomb grille, wheel arch surrounds, and a restyled hood with a more prominent bulge. AP Racing brakes are present at all four corners and the rear suspension features an electro-hydraulic anti-roll bar for improved wheel articulation. SupaShock dampers, as found on the GTSR W1, are also optional.
All SportsCats benefit from improved approach and departure angles and ground clearance.
The HSV SportsCat joins the company’s expanded range of vehicles for 2018, which will include the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Silverado HD. Definitive on-sale dates weren’t provided for the Camaro and Silverado, but the SportsCat goes on sale in February of 2018.