General Motors doesn’t currently offer a rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor but had things gone a little differently for Holden, a Camaro-powered Colorado would have hit the market.
After Holden had planned to eliminate Australian manufacturing, Holden Special Vehicles started experimenting with the Colorado. The two prototypes were high-powered V8s. One was for the Australian market, the other for North American markets. They were equipped with the prototypes’ 6.2-liter V8s, and 10-speed auto gearboxes. These were sourced from HSV two Chevy Camaros that had been used for local side-impact crashes tests.
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DrivingWe had the pleasure of putting the Aussie-spec car to the test recently and were amazed by how close the truck was to reaching the marketplace.
While readying the V8-powered Colorado for production, HSV received the green light for its Ranger Raptor rival to be built at GM’s factory in Thailand. It could have been called the ThunderCat in Australia. However, just months before production began, General Motors killed off Holden’s brand. The V8 Colorado was halted at that point.
The pickup was tested by the Australian publication. It had a GPS-verified speed of 0 to 100 km/h (62-mph), in 5.5 seconds. This is four seconds faster than the Ford Ranger Raptor. HSV engineers added four-piston AP Racing brake calipers to the prototype to bring it to a halt.
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