Caught your attention, didn’t it? This is the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV, or Holden Special Vehicles. Previewed in Australia, the SportsCat is based on the range-topping Z71 Colorado, and there are no upgrades to the Thai-made truck’s 2.8 litre Duramax diesel engine with 180 hp and 440 Nm.

Although it’s not faster, the SportsCat packs plenty of enhancements by HSV. The main goal was to improve ride and handling, as well as off-road performance. The front suspension features a strut brace and a thicker anti-roll bar, along with stiffer raised springs.

The sporty Colorado sits on wider tracks and forged 18-inch alloys with customised Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tyres. Also in are MTV dampers, a larger master brake cylinder (for shorter brake pedal travel and better brake modulation) and a revised ESC system.

The jacked suspension and bigger tyres lift the front end by 45 mm, and the Colorado’s approach and departure angles have been improved as a result. Its 251 mm ground clearance is much higher than the standard truck’s 210 mm, and is above the Ford Ranger Wildtrak’s 237 mm.

Two variants will be offered: the SportsCat and a fully-loaded SportsCat+. The regular cat includes a quick-release hard tonneau cover with alloy sports bar, ‘Colorado’ embossed on the tailgate, EZ-down soft lowering, matte-black forged 18-inch wheels and SportsCat decals.

There won’t be anyone mistaking the SportsCat for a regular Colorado, thanks to the truck’s single (instead of double) grille, reprofiled bumper and LED foglights, forged front tow hooks (capable of pulling three tonnes) and distinctive scuff plate.

The SportsCat+, which is the red car here, stands out even more with a honeycomb grille, beefier overfenders, sports bar, bonnet intake and machined-finished rims. Under the skin goodies include an AP Racing brake kit (four-piston calipers and 362 mm front discs from 300 mm) and an electro-hydraulic anti-roll bar for the rear suspension. The latter decouples in low range to improve wheel articulation.

SportsCat+ buyers can also choose to add on SupaShock dampers, as found on the hardcore HSV GTSR W1 performance sedan. The options list include a tub liner, Load Master tray partition, tonneau roof rack and Eye-Bolt tie-down system.

Elsewhere, Ford is preparing a high-performance Ranger Raptor, and Toyota is reportedly considering a similarly hardcore Hilux too, so there’s definitely a growing market for these beasts.