Holden will turn the Colorado into a turbodiesel road racer

It could have up to 340 horsepower

Even though the classic rear-drive Holden Commodores (and the U.S.-spec Chevy SS) are on their way out, GM's Australian division is continuing to show it can create some of the coolest versions of GM products on Earth. The first example of this was the racing version of the Opel-based Commodore (known here as the Buick Regal) for Australian Supercars. Now Holden will do the same to the Colorado pickup truck.

The racing Colorado will participate in the SuperUtes racing series. It gets a slick gray paint scheme along with the usual roll cage, racing wheels and tires, and upgraded suspension. But the most exciting part might be under the hood. The Holden Colorado race truck will feature a turbocharged diesel engine that could produce as much as 340 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which are the output caps for the racing class. That power will go to the rear wheels only, which makes the "Z71 4x4" sticker a bit odd, but that's probably mostly for advertising purposes. The thought of this road-racing Colorado also has us thinking a lowered, two-wheel-drive high-performance street-legal Colorado would be pretty sweet. Maybe it could be called SS. There could even be a GMC version to bring back the Syclone name.

The SuperUtes season begins in 2018. According to, there are five other brands of trucks participating in the series. They include the Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, and the Ford Ranger. The latter of which is the only one, besides the Colorado, we'll see in the U.S., and even then not until 2019.

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