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HSV reveals limited-run SportsCat RS

By Cameron Kirby, 01 May 2019 News

HSV reveals limited-run SportsCat RS

You can have it in any colour you want, as long as it is white

HSV has added a new SportsCat variant to its range of modified dual-cab utes for a limited time.

Dubbed the SportsCat RS, just 100 units will be made – 94 for Australia and six for New Zealand – with a price tag of $63,990. This undercuts the flagship SportsCat+ by $2800.

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To butcher a phrase from Henry Ford, you can have the SportsCat RS in any colour you want, as long as it is white, because HSV will only sell the limited-run model in ‘Summit White’.

Other design tweaks include the addition of gloss-black lower inserts, splash tray and lower fascia. The bonnet has been framed with black and red decals, which also feature prominently on the hard tonneau and door sills.

Owners wanting more stopping power from their SportsCat RS can pay an extra $1995 for the optional AP Racing premium brake package, which gets you four-piston forged brake calipers grasping 362mm rotors for what HSV claims is “class-leading” braking performance.

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HSV has fitted the SportsCat RS with its unique ESC and damper tune, which is designed to provide more “performance-based” handling.

Like all SportsCats, the RS has a widened wheel track, increased front ride height and reduced overall rake compared to the standard Holden Colorado it is based on.

The SportsCat RS rides on 18-inch forged-alloy wheels, wrapped in all-terrain rubber, which are placed under flared fenders.

Inside the cabin, premium SV Sports bucket seats and instrument panel are trimmed in leather and suede, while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather.

HSV has not modified the engine or six-speed automatic transmission, which carry over from the Colorado, with the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 147kW and 500Nm.

Production is scheduled to start this month at HSV’s production facility in Clayton, in Melbourne’s south-east.