Rev up a V8 and live it up

The Weekend Post - - Views - Nick Dal­ton nick.dal­ton@news.com.au

AS we face a fu­ture in­volv­ing hi-tech, but unin­spir­ing elec­tric cars, it’s sat­is­fy­ing to know that a good old fashion mus­cle car is res­onat­ing with Aus­tralian buy­ers and en­thu­si­asts.

The Ford Mus­tang, par­tic­u­larly the V8, is go­ing gang­busters.

The hero car has been cred­ited with turn­ing around Ford’s for­tunes in Aus­tralia, which were on the wane, mainly since the end of pro­duc­tion of the Falcon.

Buy­ers have not cared that it is a gas guz­zler with only two doors and a low safety rat­ing.

This year Ford is on track to sell al­most 10,000 Mus­tangs, an in­cred­i­ble 10 times more than what was orig­i­nally fore­cast.

Why? On av­er­age new car buy­ers are 51 and peo­ple of that era grew up watch­ing Mus­tangs on TV shows and in movies, such as Steve McQueen’s 1968 hit, Bullitt.

Mus­tang buy­ers are also at an age when they have a bit of money, whether it’s from sav­ings or an in­her­i­tance or have paid off their mort­gage, and can splash out.

The other fac­tor has been the end of lo­cal pro­duc­tion of the Ford Falcon and its V8 de­riv­a­tives.

The Mus­tang is Ford’s big­gest seller af­ter the Ranger ute.

There will be no V8 ver­sion of the next and Euro­pean Holden Com­modore ei­ther. A high per­cent­age of fi­nal Aussie Com­modore sales are V8s.

Holden and HSV are not re­veal­ing their high per­for­mance fu­ture but there is talk of right-hand drive ver­sions of Mus­tang’s arch ri­val, the Chevro­let Ca­maro, in V8 forms. But it is likely to be more ex­pen­sive.

So damn be­ing sen­si­ble and po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. Go out, buy and drive some­thing that gives you an adrenalin rush.

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