Recently I told you about some pretty wild ideas coming out of Holden’s performance division HSV. The US Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado will go on sale right here via HSV accredited dealerships. Of course they will be conversion jobs and won’t be badged as HSV’s, but rest assured they will comply with Australian Design Rules.

Well the other left-field idea was a dressed-up Holden Colorado, known as the SportsCat or the jazzier SportsCat+. In short this is all about new body kits and chassis enhancements, you can read the full details here. Today HSV released pricing for what is hoped will be a prized ute, although after seeing the Ford Ranger Raptor last week on paper I can tell you it’s no match. But I can guarantee the lesser SportsCat, yes that name grates, will undercut the mega Ranger on price.

At launch it will weigh in with a RRP of $60,790 while the halo SportsCat+ kicks off at $66,790.

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

Here are all the ins and outs you could ever possibly want to know.

  • Colorado SportsCat (manual): $60,790
  • Colorado SportsCat+ (manual): $66,790
  • Major Personalisation Options
  • 6-speed Automatic Transmission with Active Select: $2,200
  • Sail Plane (SportsCat+ only): $1,300
  • SupaShock suspension (SportsCat+ only): $3,600
  • Prestige Paint (Satin Steel Grey & Mineral Black): $550
  • Tub-liner: $300
  • Load Master: $795
  • Eye-Bolt: $75
  • Roof Rack: $647
  • Colorado SportsCat & SportsCat+ Key Features

Driving Dynamics

  • 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)
  • 4mm brake master cylinder
  • Electronic Stability Control incorporating:
  • 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” 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)