Showroom Stunners

THE VERDICT

IF YOUíRE a diehard Holden or a diehard Ford fan you donít have to read any further ... you already know which of these utes takes your fancy. For the rest of us, there are convincing arguments for both.

Why would you buy a SportsCat? If you want a manual rather than an automatic, itís the only choice. If you need to tow up to 3500kg, itís also the only choice. If your idea of fun is hard driving on tight bitumen roads, then itís the best choice. If you donít want to splash much cash you can get into a SportsCat auto for $12K less than a Raptor; if you want a manual you can save an additional $1200. Even the SportsCat+ which brings race-spec front brakes and an auto-decoupling rear sway bar Ė and optional SupaShock dampers Ė is $2400 less than a Raptor.

IF YOU DONíT WANT TO SPLASH MUCH CASH YOU CAN GET INTO A SPORTSCAT AUTO FOR $12K LESS THAN A RAPTOR

Why would you buy the Raptor? If off-road prowess is your priority, itís clearly superior to the SportsCat. If you want a more comfortable ride at all times and superior composure at high speeds on rough roads, then the Raptorís also the better choice. Put simply, the Raptorís breadth of on- and off-road performance is wider than that of the SportsCat, as it should be given the engineering changes are more significant when either are compared to their stock counterparts. Finally, the Raptorís powertrain and general running refinement is also superior to the SportsCat, which makes it nicer to drive on an everyday basis and not just when youíre going hard.