By the week’s end, we’ll have a much clearer picture of what HSV has been teasing these past few days, long suspected to be a more aggressive take on the Holden Colorado. The images certainly seemed to support this running assumption.
The first showed a headlight cluster that is almost certainly from the familiar ute, recognisable from its LED strip running across the bottom, wrapping around the main beams. So far, things are in-line with expectations.
The second teaser was a little more enticing, hinting at the performance-related updates that a HSV Colorado might bring. In this case, a curtain being pulled back to reveal a dark room with just enough light to illuminate some sporty alloys that hide some large brake rotors with APRacing callipers finished in red.
As made plain by the first teaser, the Melbourne-based tuning company will be dumping all the info on the warmed-up Colorado - fresh from its stint within the HSV microwave - this Thursday at midnight. So, technically, you’d need to keep awake into the early hours of Friday, December 8th, to follow along as the veil is pulled up and over.
Some have reported that this HSV Colorado has taken a very Toyota 86-ish approach to higher performance, with the list of upgraded components surrounding the ute’s brakes (obviously), suspension, tyres, as well as plenty of cosmetic alterations.
The engine, however, could emerge from this whole ordeal unchanged. Should that be the case, the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel would produce the same respectable 147kW and 500Nm, though nothing groundbreaking. Honestly, we’d settle for an ECU remap if the actual oily bits had to have been left alone for whatever reason.
A third teaser was posted on social media, though, with HSV wishing to convey how they were ‘suiting up’ for the big launch. The image of a man finishing up with his outfit yellow bow tie just isn’t consistent with the rest of the messaging in this campaign so far.
The significance of the tie itself being yellow could hint at a surprise reveal of HSV’s semi-confirmed moves to help bring the Chevrolet Camaro to the Australian market, as previously reported, to combat Ford and the runaway domination of the 6th-generation Mustang.
If/when that happens, the close connection between the Camaro name and the Chevrolet marque has something to do with the high likelihood that it would be sold locally without being rebadged as a Holden. Famously, or so the story goes, the Chevrolet logo design was inspired by a bow tie that co-founder Billy Durant spied in a Paris hotel.
That can’t be coincidence.