You can grab a Mustang for as little as $49,990 or, if you want the V8 — $63,290 plus on-roads.
The starting price of the re-engineered HSV Chevrolet Camaro 2SS on the other hand is a whopping $85,990 — with the V8 thrown in.
Mind you that’s what you would have paid for a Clubsport and both cars would certainly appeal to the same group of buyers, a group that probably doesn’t include the man in the street (except for a few well heeled tradies that is).
Then there’s the icing on the cake, the Camaro ZL1, with a supercharged V8 and exey price tag of $160,000.
That’s still 10 grand less than the previous HSV GTS, but does see the car rubbing shoulders with German heavy hitters like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
With 477kW of power and a staggering 881Nm of torque, it is the most powerful vehicle that HSV has ever produced — bar none.
Remember, the Commodores were conversions in a manner of speaking too.
For those seeking a V8 with a “bowtie” the ZL1 is the stuff of dreams . . . big, mean and raucous, with movie star looks and a road presence like no other.
But at the price a dream it will most certainly remain for the vast majority of punters and, without a garden variety V8 SS to throw them, Camaro could well have a negative effect, instead of the positive vibe the brand is hoping to generate.
To explain, it’s flashy cars like the Camaro that draw people into showrooms, like bees to honey.