You’ve got $90K for a rear-drive V8 coupe. New Ca­maro or used Lexus RC F?


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IF YOU’RE INTO mus­cle of the four-wheel kind, and you find the Ford Mus­tang too com­mon, where do you turn to? The first ob­vi­ous an­swer is HSV. It has po­si­tioned the Chevro­let Ca­maro 2SS at the ex­clu­sive end of the sub-$100K coupe mar­ket, partly be­cause it has to. Re­build­ing each one in right-hand drive after it ar­rives in Clay­ton, from Amer­ica, sends its price up­wards to $85,990. You won’t be short-changed on per­for­mance, though. Its beefy 6.2-litre pushrod V8 is all torque. In most con­di­tions and at the hands of most driv­ers the Ca­maro is a sub-5.0sec car to 100km/h from rest, easy. But it’s not a one-trick pony, ei­ther. It has a chas­sis to match, de­liv­er­ing solid rear-drive dy­nam­ics with only some iffy steer­ing and a stiff ride to blot its re­port card. But its price also in­vites com­pe­ti­tion from a more ex­otic con­tender. Lexus’s RC F is an ag­gres­sive two-door that packs a V8. And now that it’s been four years since it ar­rived, its $133K price tag when new has tum­bled. In fact, there are plenty around the $70K mark. It weighs much more than a Ca­maro, but it’s also more so­phis­ti­cated – like a fine cut of wagyu. It gets adap­tive dampers, a 7100rpm cut-out, and its Sa­mu­raitough looks can fly un­der the radar. That said, it’s not the most in­volv­ing car to drive on a twist­ing road, and it lacks the emo­tional ap­peal of the Ca­maro. But a set of straight pipes could fix that. Ei­ther way, Ca­maro or RC F, you’re get­ting a lot for your money.

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