HSV SportsCat on sale in Australia priced from $60,790

February 12, 2018

HSV’s all new model based on the Holden Colorado, called the HSV SportsCat, has officially gone into production with prices and finer specs confirmed.

As revealed earlier this year, the SportsCat comes packed with the Colorado’s standard 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 147kW and 500Nm. It’s fitted with a six-speed manual as standard with a six-speed auto offered as a $2200 option.

Holden Special Vehicles is launching two main variants; the SportsCat and the SportsCat+. Standard features included unique exterior enhancements such as a bespoke grille, fascia, wheel arch extensions, forged alloy wheels, and rear sports bar. There’s also SV Sports seats inside, with Jasmine leather and Windsor suede upholstery.

Instead of outright straight-line performance, the SportsCat is more about off-road performance. As such it comes with HSV Sports suspension with an optional SupaShock system, a rear de-coupling anti-roll bar, and AP Racing performance brakes. Ride height is increased 45mm over the regular Colorado Z71, and the wheel track is 30mm wider.

So far HSV says it has received strong levels of enquiry in the lead up to its launch, suggesting it will be popular package. Given the popularity of utes in general, this is probably going to be the case. HSV is describing the SportsCat as the “most advanced sports 4×4 on the market”, which is a very big claim. HSV’s managing director Tim Jackson said:

“Given the breadth of styling, comfort and engineering enhancements, we’re confident the SportsCat range represents outstanding value. Our two-tier product strategy provides buyers with the flexibility to choose the model that best suits their work and lifestyle requirements.”

Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs). See further below for the highlight features and options.

HSV Colorado SportsCat (manual) – $60,790
HSV Colorado SportsCat+ (manual) – $66,790

Options

  • 6-speed Automatic Transmission with Active Select: $2200
  • Sail Plane (SportsCat+ only): $1300
  • SupaShock suspension (SportsCat+ only): $3600
  • Prestige Paint (Satin Steel Grey & Mineral Black): $550
  • Tub-liner: $300
  • Load Master: $795
  • Eye-Bolt: $75
  • Roof Rack: $647

Driving Dynamics

  • 2.8L 4-cylinder DOHC Duramax Turbo Diesel engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select (option)
  • Shift-on-the-fly 4WD
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Engine sump guard
  • HSV Sports suspension
  • SupaShock suspension (option on SportsCat+)
  • Rear De-coupling Anti-roll Bar (SportsCat+ only)
  • Wide wheel track (30mm wider than Colorado Z71)
  • Hi-ride height (45mm higher at the front than Colorado Z71)
  • Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-terrain tyres (285/60 R18)
  • Electric Power Steering

Exterior Design

  • Unique front fascias & grilles
  • Unique fender flares
  • 18 x 10 6-spoke forged alloy wheels (matte black) – SportsCat
  • 18 x 10 6-spoke forged alloy wheels (matte black with machined face) – SportsCat+
  • LED fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED tail lights
  • Bonnet bulge (SportsCat+ only)
  • Tubular side-steps
  • Hard tonneau
  • Alloy Sports Bar
  • Sail Plane (option on SportsCat+)
  • Tailgate applique

Interior Design

  • SV Sports seats (Jasmine leather / Windsor suede)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with red highlight stitching
  • Perforated leather / suede dash-pad trim
  • Red stitching highlights
  • SportsCat floor mats

Safety

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Front airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Full length side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Front disc brakes (SportsCat)
  • Front AP Racing forged 4-piston brake calipers with 362mm discs (SportsCat+ only)
  • 25.4mm brake master cylinder

Electronic Stability Control

  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Traction Control System
  • Hill Descent Control & Hill Start Assist
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Roll Over Mitigation
  • Front & rear park assist
  • Rear-view camera

Cabin Comfort & Conveniences

  • Electronic climate control
  • Remote window activation (via key-fob)
  • Heated 6-way electric adjustable driver seat
  • MyLink infotainment system with 8-inch touch-screen
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB+) multi-media
  • 7-speaker audio
  • USB input with iPod connectivity
  • Phone projection featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Embedded satellite navigation

Practicality & Versatility

  • Remote start (auto only)
  • Roof rails
  • Recovery hooks (front)
  • Soft-open tailgate strut
  • Hard tonneau features “quick-release” mechanism & load-rail provision
  • Tub-liner (option)
  • Load Master (option)
  • Eye-bolt (option)
  • Roof rack (option)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.