The 400hp trifecta, and the plight of used car salesmen

The 400hp trifecta, and the plight of used car salesmen

It’s not often that you get three 400+hp cars in a row, but it’s happened. In fact, I’ve enjoyed 18.6 litres of unbridled automotive enjoyment. Firstly it was HSV’s stunning (but impractical) Maloo ute, then Mercedes’ C63 AMG (another 6.2-litres), and then HSV’s GTS (yet another 6.2 litres). The C63 AMG shows the others the way in terms of refinement, performance, luxury and a whole swag of other measures, but you could purchase the Maloo and the HSV together for barely more than the cost of one C63 AMG.

Still, if I had $150k to spend on a car or cars, I would take the C63 over the Maloo + GTS combination. The stereo with the Logic 7 is loud enough to challenge even solidly made interior plastics, and I love the engine tone from the 6.2-litres of Mercedes power. It’s essentially the same engine you get in a million-dollar Pagani Zonda!

But, in 24 months when you want to trade it in you’re going to be looking at some substantial depreciation (with either option), and that’s when the used car salesman is going to make you weep. They’re the ones that are weeping at the moment, though. Used car sales are down significantly. I took a drive around a couple of areas where there are lots of car yards and the discount stickers are plastered thickly over the windscreens of your prospective jalopy.

It looks like everyone’s determined to have a recession. Except, that is, pawnbrokers and marriage guidance councillors, who are doing a roaring trade.

It’s not often that you get three 400+hp cars in a row, but it’s happened. In fact, I’ve enjoyed 18.6 litres of unbridled automotive enjoyment. Firstly it was HSV’s stunning (but impractical) Maloo ute, then Mercedes’ C63 AMG (another 6.2-litres), and then HSV’s GTS (yet another 6.2 litres). The C63 AMG shows the others the way in terms of refinement, performance, luxury and a whole swag of other measures, but you could purchase the Maloo and the HSV together for barely more than the cost of one C63 AMG.

Still, if I had $150k to spend on a car or cars, I would take the C63 over the Maloo + GTS combination. The stereo with the Logic 7 is loud enough to challenge even solidly made interior plastics, and I love the engine tone from the 6.2-litres of Mercedes power. It’s essentially the same engine you get in a million-dollar Pagani Zonda!

But, in 24 months when you want to trade it in you’re going to be looking at some substantial depreciation (with either option), and that’s when the used car salesman is going to make you weep. They’re the ones that are weeping at the moment, though. Used car sales are down significantly. I took a drive around a couple of areas where there are lots of car yards and the discount stickers are plastered thickly over the windscreens of your prospective jalopy.

It looks like everyone’s determined to have a recession. Except, that is, pawnbrokers and marriage guidance councillors, who are doing a roaring trade.

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