THE BAT­TLE WHINES ON

MUS­TANG RTR VER­SUS HSV GTSR

NZV8 - - CONTENTS - WORDS: LACH­LAN JONES PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

IT’S A BAT­TLE AS OLD AS TIME, ONE OF SUCH EPIC PRO­POR­TIONS THAT BLUE AND RED BLOOD BATHES THE STREETS OF WEST­ERN SUB­URBS RIGHT ACROSS AUSSIE AND NEW ZEALAND. IT’S BLACK OR WHITE, UP OR DOWN, MAR­MITE OR VEGEMITE. IT’S FORD V. HOLDEN, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT. WE DE­CIDED TO LINE UP TWO HIGHLY TUNED VER­SIONS OF THE TOUGH­EST NEW MUS­CLE CARS TO COME FROM THE ICONIC BRANDS, AND THERE WAS SUPERCHARGER WHINE COM­ING FROM EV­ERY AN­GLE

For many moons, this and many other mag­a­zines have taken the Com­modore and Fal­con head to head. From the most ba­sic rep­mo­biles right up to the most pow­er­ful HSVs and FPVs and home­built mon­sters known to the An­tipodes. But, with the demise of the Aussie man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, the great Aussie bat­tlers have had to look else­where for de­vel­op­ment. This means that we’re now look­ing down the bar­rel of four­cylin­der, Ger­man-built Com­modores based on the Opel In­signia. Don’t get me wrong, this is about as bad as it gets. And even if you opt for the 3.6-litre V6 en­gine, you’ll prob­a­bly not be too dis­ap­pointed by the 315hp en­gine and all-wheeldrive (AWD) driv­e­train, but it ain’t go­ing to blow your socks off. Ford is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to the wind­ing up of its Broad­mead­ows and Gee­long plants. The ‘Fal­con’ name is be­ing re­tired, and the hi­er­ar­chy at the home of the Blue Oval has de­cided that Fal­con buy­ers can be split into three camps: the bo­gans — they can buy the Mus­tang; the fam­i­lies — they can buy one of the hun­dreds of SUVs that Ford has on of­fer; and the fleet buyer — they can jump into the not en­tirely aw­ful Mon­deo. So, while things are chang­ing in the day-to-day busi­ness of sell­ing more cars to more peo­ple, there’s still hope for those who are in­ter­ested in do­ing what­ever it takes to op­ti­mise power at any cost. These folks aren’t fussed about where their in­spi­ra­tion comes from; they have one goal in mind: per­for­mance. The two cars we have put to­gether here on these pages are proof that we have lit­tle to fear, as part­ner­ships be­tween man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­ter­na­tional per­for­mance houses and Kiwi work­shops will en­sure that there’s plenty of fun still to be had. At the fore­front of this cru­sade for power are RTR for Ford and Walkin­shaw for Holden. These two cars have left our jaws on the floor. Not lack­ing in power, poise, or noise, this bat­tle of the titans is more than just a num­bers game.

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