2019 HSV Colorado SportsCat V Series II Review | carsales

2019 HSV Colorado SportsCat V Series II Review | carsales


When HSV pulled the covers of its Series Two
SportsCat recently, we were introduced to a tougher-looking, more heavily HSV-branded
take on the Colorado ute. But is this new ute a tarted-up pavement pussy? Or is it a proper, off-road mountain lion? Let’s find out! The HSV SportsCat Series Two builds on the
Holden Colorado Z71 with a bespoke frontal treatment, heavy-duty recovery hooks, a distinctive
bonnet bulge and HSV decals. The package is mechanically identical to the
donor car, but gets an uprated suspension package and bespoke wheel and tyre package,
and in the case of the SportsCat V on test, optional AP Racing brakes. It mightn’t sound like much, but HSV’s
suspension improves the ground clearance and track width of the Colorado just enough to
make a difference in the rough stuff. And with off-road biased Cooper Zeons grabbing
at the mud, the ‘performance biased’ handling bias certainly dials up the fun factor. The bolstered spring rates, thicker strut
braces and heavy-duty dampers give the SportsCat tenacious grip on even the most challenging
surfaces, and improve articulation in slow-going. It’s a combination that works as well off-road
as it does on, and though we could spend countless hours on the black top telling you how well
the SportsCat rides, this is much more fun! Of course the SportsCat Series Two is as much
a ute as it is an off-roader and offers payload and towing ability comparable to that of the
donor car. It’s also really swish inside with seats
inspired by the GTS W1, acres of Windsor Suede upholstery, and a chucky, leather-clad steering
wheel that feels just right for twirling in the mud. There’s a range of colours available for
the SportsCat Series Two, but personally, I think it looks just right covered in a bit
of mud. The SportsCat Series Two is a much-improved
recreational off-roader that still has a serious workhorse side and serious credentials…
which means convincing the other-half shouldn’t be too difficult. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going
to head back out for a bit more fun!

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