Australia’s most dynamic sports 4×4
Bold and undeniably dynamic, the new Colorado SportsCat is in a league of its own. Get behind the wheel and you’ll quickly discover you’re in complete control of a 4×4 that takes driving dynamics to a whole new level. While most 4×4 work utes just play at driving enjoyment, the new Colorado SportsCat delivers it in spades.
HSV Sportscat priced from $72,990 + ORC
Designed to impress
“Class-leading stature and stance, combined with bold graphics, sums up the design direction we wanted to take with the SportsCat program. We wanted our design to look strong and purposeful, yet beautifully integrated, and the enhancements we’ve introduced with Series 2 accentuate that theme and deliver a road presence that’s truly distinctive and unique.”
SportsCat by Design
A standout in the sports 4×4 field, the new Series 2 SportsCat has it over the competition in more ways than one. Bold and aggressive HSV design cues and a wider track^ give the vehicle a stance and presence unlike any other. One look at the distinctive bonnet bulge and striking front fascia with integrated gloss black ‘3D’ grille and outer inserts, splash tray, recovery hooks and LED fog lamps, and you know this is a sports 4×4 to be reckoned with.
^Compared to Holden Colorado Z71.
Adding form to function on both SportsCat models is a unique hard tonneau with alloy sports bar. This stylish hard cover features load rails for easy attachment of the genuine HSV roof-rack accessory, plus a quick-release mechanism for those times when you want to remove the hard tonneau to maximise storage height in the tub.
*SportsCat SV shown with optional Sailplane.
The look of SportsCat’s rear-end is as unique and unmistakable as the front with the fitment of a custom rear applique. The tailgate also features “soft open” functionality for added convenience.
Stylish new 18” x 10” 6-spoke forged alloy wheels in matte black, make their debut as standard equipment on both models. These light-weight alloys are wrapped in Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-terrain tyres that are a hybrid between a sports-truck tyre and an all-terrain tyre. In addition to their rugged off-road capability, these hybrid tyres were specially selected by HSV’s chassis engineers for their exceptional on-road performance characteristics, especially on tarmac and dirt roads.
Inspired by high-end wakeboarding boats, and available as an option on SportsCat SV, a unique sailplane complements the striking design of the vehicle.
SportsCat’s sportsbar delivers a rugged, yet sporty, profile to the rear of the cabin.
Sophisticated sports ergonomics
The interior of the Series 2 SportsCat range delivers the perfect marriage of form and function. Take the wheel of the SportsCat and the first thing you’ll notice is the firm embrace of the front 6-way electric adjustable HSV Performance seats. Special treatments adorn the dash pad, door inserts, centre console cover and floor mats, while rear seat passengers enjoy a similar level of comfort and style.
Rear De-coupling Anti-roll Bar
Developed specifically for the SportsCat by HSV’s chassis engineers, the rear de-coupling anti-roll bar improves the higher speed road driving performance of the vehicle by controlling rear roll, and thereby improving overall vehicle balance and turn-in transient response.
The de-coupling feature ensures that when heading into rugged 4×4 territory, the vehicle’s suspension settings can be optimised for off-road performance: the system is automatically de-activated upon the driver’s (“shift-on-the-fly”) selection of Four-Wheel Low.
The rear de-coupling anti roll bar comes standard on the SportsCat SV and is available as an option on the SportsCat V
AP Racing Brake Package
The same brand as used on the GTSR range, this premium brake package features forged 4-piston fixed head calipers with large brake master cylinders and 362mm x 32mm front rotors to deliver superior pedal feel and braking performance, and comes standard on SportsCat SV and is available as an option on SportsCat V.
HSV Sports Suspension
Both SportsCat models feature HSV Sports suspension with the front spring rate stiffened to 110 Newtons/mm. This spring rate helps deliver outstanding front-end support with less body roll and more accurate transient response. The vehicle’s MTV dampers have also been tuned to suit this spring rate with the overall result being a more performance-based handling characteristic.
In addition to the increased spring rate, front ride height has been lifted by 25mm. This modification further improves the approach angle of the vehicle, increases ground clearance to the body and reduces the overall rake, delivering a more natural on-road stance.
SupaShock suspension, as introduced to the Australian market on HSV’s iconic GTSR W1, will also be available as a factory-fitted option on the SportsCat+, taking the vehicle’s suspension capabilities to another level yet again. These linear-style dampers are significantly larger than regular dampers, delivering the lowest frictional losses of any commercially available damper. Their adoption helps deliver superior performance and road grip without compromising ride quality or body control.
Engine & Transmissions
Both SportsCat models are powered by a 2.8 litre double overhead cam 4-cylinder common-rail injection Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that offers 147kW of power and up to 500Nm of torque when specified with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard fitment.
Transfer Case (“Shift-on-the-fly”)
SportsCat’s 4WD system features a position shift control switch located on the centre floor console. Key settings include:
- Two-Wheel High – this setting is ideal for driving in most street and highway situations. The front axle is not engaged in Two-Wheel High.
- Four-Wheel High – this setting engages the front axle to help drive the vehicle. Four-Wheel High is useful when you require extra traction, such as on snowy or icy roads, or in most off-road situations.
- Four-Wheel Low – this setting also engages the front axle for extra traction. It sends the maximum power to all four wheels and is an ideal selection when heading off-road. It is in this setting that the Rear De-Coupling Anti-Roll Bar is disengaged.