G R E AT B A R R I E R I S L A N D, N E W Z E A L A N D Quite possibly the brightest object on rugged Great Barrier Island today, short of a fluorescent fishing buoy, is this thing. It’s not subtle. But when you’re talking top-end utes, ‘subtle’ can take a holiday. This is Holden’s ultimate Colorado; the Z71 Xtreme Edition. It started life as a motor show concept then appeared at the National Fieldays Agricultural Show at Mystery Creek a year or so ago. It was here that Holden New Zealand tested the water, assessing whether there was an appetite for such a truck. But of course there was. Underneath the skin, the Z71 Xtreme picks up the same 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel engine as in the ‘standard’ Colorado Z71, offering up 500Nm of torque and 3500kg braked tow rating. These are pretty worthy headlines on the base truck. Here though, they’re nicely practical features somewhat overshadowed by the level of extra equipment Holden has brought to the party. Let’s start with the genuine gamechanger item for this limited-edition truck; it’s integrated winch. That’s something no other ute manufacturer offers in the Kiwi market. Sure, a fair portion of them might never get used. But a winch offering up a 10,000lb load capacity and a 30m synthetic tow line elegantly hidden away in a recess in the front bull bar behind the number plate is still a great standard feature to have on board ‘just in case’. Everything else on the truck was developed in-house at Holden’s design headquarters in Melbourne: they might not be building cars anymore, but Holden still deploys its vast knowledge base around the world to ensure anything heading to Australasia is fit-for-purpose. The Z71 Xtreme Edition also features a towing package, roof tray kit, rear steel step, modified front suspension, flared fenders, side steps, sports and bull bars, a tonneau cover for the wellside tray and comes standard on rugged 18” Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain tyres. Whether it’s Great Barrier Island or the Great South Road, this thing is definitely prepared for extremes. Above An Xtreme ute for extreme roads. The bush tracks of Great Barrier Island can go from benign to gnarly within a hundred metres. Left Holden has ensured its top-rung Colorado is fit-for- purpose in the back paddock.