HSV SportsCat RS special edition announced

A new HSV SportsCat RS limited edition has been announced, giving the Holden Colorado-based off-roader a unique appearance and some added accessories over the regular version.

There’s no denying the SportsCat RS definitely looks tough. You might notice the big bonnet bulge at the front, in black, with matching black wheel arch extensions. These give the ute a tough attitude. There’s also a gloss black front grille and lower apron, and a red and black decal kit.

In terms of added accessories, HSV has come up with some new 18-inch forged alloy wheels measuring 10 inches wide, wrapped in Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports tyres. A stylish hard tonneau cover sits over the tray area, with a sports bar completing the look.

Inside, passengers are treated to premium SV sports seats featuring Jasmine leather and Windsor suede upholstery, while the driver uses a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Bespoke floor mats and unique centre console cover and door trims finish the package.

No enhancements are made under the bonnet, despite its go-fast looks. There resides the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as seen in the regular SportsCat and the regular Colorado. It produces 147kW and 500Nm, and comes matched to a six-speed auto as standard in the RS.

As with the regular SportsCat, the RS comes with a more hardcore chassis setup compared with the Colorado. The ground clearance is raised by 45mm thanks to a HSV suspension kit, and the overall width is increased 30mm for that imposing stance. Buyers can also option for a set of AP Racing brakes with four-piston front calipers.

HSV is planning to build just 100 examples of the SportsCat RS, with 94 for Australia and 6 for New Zealand. Prices in Australia start from $63,990 (excluding on-roads).

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.