In a joint announcement, GM Holden and HSV have released details of a new agreement struck between the two iconic Australian companies.
The new partnership marks a pivotal moment in HSV’s 30-year history in Australia and begins an exciting chapter in bringing a whole new breed of vehicles to customers.
The focus of the new agreement is to utilise HSV’s famed design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing skills across a broader range of product, giving customers access to some of the very best vehicles from across the GM empire.
The HSV produced niche design of the Colorado SportsCat features a raft of styling and chassis enhancements. Available in two variants – SportsCat and SportsCat+ – the styling enhancements begin with radically modified exteriors featuring all-new fascias and grilles that, with the addition of LED fog lamps and functional tow hooks, combine to deliver two distinctive and sporty front-end appearances.
Both SportsCat models feature HSV Sports Suspension with the front spring rate stiffened to 110 Newtons/mm. Its MTV dampers have been tuned around the revised spring rate, with both modifications contributing to a more performance-based handling characteristic.
In addition to the increased spring rate, front ride height has been lifted by 25mm. This modification further improves the approach angle of the vehicle, increases ground clearance to the body and reduces the vehicle’s overall rake, delivering a more natural on-road stance.
From a performance perspective, both SportsCat models are powered by a 2.8 litre double overhead cam Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that offers 147kW of power and up to 500Nm of torque when specified with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard fare.
Towing capacity for a braked trailer is 3,500kg with maximum payload of approximately 1 tonne.
HSV will convert the Chevrolet Silverado to right hand drive specification with a five-model 4×4 Crew Cab line-up that includes the 2500HD WT, 2500HD LTZ, 2500HD LTZ “Midnight” Edition, 2500HD LTZ “Custom Sport” Edition and the 3500HD LTZ
All five vehicles share the same impressive heavy-duty equipment including:
- Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 engine
- 332kW* of power
- 1,234 Nm* of torque
- Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission
- Towing capacity of 3.5 – 6.1 tonne* (model dependent)
- Payload capacity of 1,140kg – 1,848kg* (model dependent)
- 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
- Automatic locking rear differential
Conversion of the Silverado range will commence at HSV’s new production facility in April 2018. The 3500HD LTZ model will be available late in Q2, 2018.
Recommended Retail Pricing is still to be confirmed.