THE CREW at Clayton has pulled the wraps off a limited edition version of the SportsCat Colorado, which it has called the SportsCat R.
Based on the styling package of the SportsCat+ the R is distinguished by its gloss black paint and bold red accents. More significantly the 98 SportsCat R automatics being sold in Australia (two are going to New Zealand) will sell for $65,990, $3000 below the regular price of the SportsCat+.
For that skrilla you’re getting a Colorado LTZ with HSV’s unique ESC and MTV damper tune (designed to improve the standard car’s handling characteristics), a 30mm widened wheel track and 45mm increased front ride height on HSV suspension, and 18x10-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Cooper all-terrain tyres.
What SportsCat R buyers miss out on (over the SportsCat+) is the premium AP Racing brake package, with its four-piston forged brake callipers and 362mm x 32mm diameter rotors on the front, and the decoupling rear sway bar which increases rear axle articulation when off-road. The brake package is available as a $1995 option, while the rear sway bar remains HSV SportsCat+ only. The rear axle retains it OE drum brakes on all SportsCat variants.
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Likewise the OE-supplied 2.8-litre diesel engine and six-speed automatic are retained and, while not tuned or enhanced by HSV, the engine’s standard 500Nm is nothing to be sneezed at.
The SportsCat R’s sports seats are covered in leather and suede, with black hide on the dash and steering wheel stitched in red to match the exterior. Bespoke floor mats complete the interior make-over.