HSV has just whipped the covers off the Series II edition of its Colorado-based SportsCat, and while this new version still shares its engine (and outputs) with its Holden donor car, the go-fast performance brand is investigating ways to make its version of the ute, well, go faster.
Arguably the most notable thing about this HSV-stamped ute is that it lacks the one thing that defined the brand’s cars of old - more power.
The HSV SportsCat delivers the same power as its Colorado sibling, with its 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine good for 147kW and up to 500Nm.
And while HSV says those outputs are "almost class leading", it hasn't stopped them searching for ways to deliver more grunt.
"We don’t often talk about the development we’re doing in the background," one HSV spokesperson told CarsGuide.
"It’s a balancing act between would you like to do it, does it fit with our culture, and can we do it. Our volume isn’t (Toyota) HiLux volume. We’ve got to balance investment, return and customer demand.
"And we’re always looking, always investigating, but it’s a balancing act."
One option, of course, would be to take the engine calibration changes developed by Walkinshaw Performance. That brand's Diesel Power Pack tunes the engine and adds an high-flow air filter to boost power and torque outputs by 20 per cent.
It is understood that HSV won't offer that package directly, but the team is continuing to investigate ways to deliver more grunt than the SportsCat's Colorado donor car.
"The demands on zero to 100km/h times are not as great in this segment as they are in other segments we’ve been involved in," says HSV's Damon Paull. "But that said, given the nature of our business and our DNA, obviously (the team) has investigated it, but at this point, a solution just hasn’t presented itself."
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