BLUE-OVAL BELTERS

V8 TWO-DOORS, FROM HAY MAULER TO HAY HAULER

BY MOTOR STAFF

EVEN THOUGH GMís LS1 V8 was all a Camaro and HSV GTO have ever shared, that wonít stop some claiming a spiritual relation when the Chevrolet finds local residency under HSVís roof.

So why canít FPVís 2012 Pursuit Boss Ute be the same to the new 2018 Ford Mustang? Sure, it has two doors for entirely different reasons, but with rear-drive, an LSD and a bellowing V8, itís like the Mustangís distant cousin rather than direct relative.

In fact, the blown 5.0-litre at the heart of the Pursuit used the shortblock from the Mustangís Coyote. Thatís not the case now that the Yank uses a third-gen 5.0-litre, which easily trumps the Pursuitís outputs and noise. However, the Pursuitís fat bottom-end delivery married to a six-speed automatic could chase down a ham-fisted manual driver.

Thereís little contest on handling, with the FPVís leaf springs and live rear axle no match for the finely honed Mustang package. Looks, too, are easily in the Mustangís favour according to our eyes.

Neither interior has ever been a cabin benchmark. Call it a draw. Practicality wise, itís another tie, with the Uteís load-lugging tray matched by the Mustangís ability to carry another two humans.

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2012 CHRYSLER 300 SRT

6.4L V8, 351kW/637Nm, 104,723km, Sydney, NSW

Hemi V8 offers great sound and proper acceleration. Comfy cruiser, too.

$35,000

2001 NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R

2.6L I6TT, 375kW/662Nm, 125,000km, Grovedale, VIC

An imported Godzilla in R34 form with a slew of tasteful mods. Owned by one.

$85,000

2010 AUDI RS6

5.2L V10TT, 426kW/650Nm, 43,191km, Melbourne, VIC

Massive power tamed by all-wheel drive grip. A true executive express.

$73,000

2011 ASTON VANTAGE S

4.7L V8, 321kW/490Nm, 14,899km, Melbourne, VIC

Raucous V8 in a sexy shape. Sharp handling cancelled out by firm ride.

$140,000