by Iain Curry
WITH fuel prices dropping below the magic dollar mark in many Australian cities, motorists with small cars are once again getting change from a $50 note after filling up from empty.
Cause for celebration indeed, but who wants a small car when unleaded is suddenly cheaper than bottled water? If you covet a thumping lump of thirsty engine (there's no replacement for displacement, as a wise American once said) now is an opportune time to buy that gas guzzler you've always craved.
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The world may have gone electric and hybrid vehicle mad, but you really don't have to.
Here's a list of our favourite uneconomical picks on today's market.
They may have something of a drinking problem, but each makes a lot more sense while the servo is advertising 99.9c-per-litre prices.
Of course, if you care for the environment or accept fuel prices will inevitably rise once again, please ignore our sage advice.
1. Chrysler 300 SRT Core - 6430cc; 350kW; $59,000.
Fuel consumption: 13.0-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? Textbook gangster style and the ability to hit 100kmh in under five seconds at a bargain price.
Ford Mustang GT: 4949cc; 306kW; $57,490.
Fuel consumption: 13.1-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? The hairy-chested new Mustang variant. After all, real muscle car owners never bang on about their four-cylinder EcoBoosts.
Mercedes-AMG G 63 (G Wagen) - 5461cc; 420kW; $233,910.
Fuel consumption: 13.8-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? It proves no Mercedes is immune from AMG's magic wand. Has an ear-drum bashing twin-turbo V8 and does 0-100kmh in 5.4-seconds, all in a boxy design nearly 40 years old. Not one for the race track, mind.
HSV GEN-F2 GTS - 6162cc; 430kW; $98,490.
Fuel consumption: 15.3-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? All that power, all that noise and one of the Aussiest ways to burn a hole in the ozone layer.
Ferrari FF - 6262cc; 485kW; $624,646.
Fuel consumption: 15.4-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? Four seats and a reasonable boot means the whole family can enjoy a singing naturally aspirated Ferrari V12 and the assurance of all-wheel-drive.
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale - 4691cc; 338kW; $345,000.
Fuel consumption: 15.5-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? Ferrari too showy for you? Try the fastest Maserati you can buy complete with weight-saving carbon fibre bonnet and seats. Ideal to show up your track day mates in their common as muck Porsches.
Bentley Mulsanne - 6752cc; 377kW; $662,858.
Fuel consumption: 16.9-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? Because the Merc S-Class is just so run-of-the-mill. Then there's the almost comical 1020Nm of torque helping you hit 100kmh in 5.3 seconds. And anyway, why hide your wealth? Greed is good.
Lamborghini Aventador - 6498cc; 515kW; $761,500.
Fuel consumption: 17.2-litres/100km.
Why you'd want it? Lambo still makes head-snapping supercars like nobody else, and with a sub-3 seconds 0-100kmh time it's quite a rapid tool. By all accounts, not too impossible to live with through town either.
If you'd prefer something from the used market, there really is something for all tastes and budgets.
A quick scan of the online classifieds this week revealed some hard-drinking brutes eager for cut-price jungle juice in their expansive cylinder chambers.
A 1977 Jaguar XJ-S - one of the earliest produced - with 5.3-litre V12 can be had for $31,000; expect around 20-litres/100km from the British coupe.
Similar money will buy you a Bavarian V12 in BMW's 850i coupe (a green 1992 example for $25k looks good value), and appears almost frugal in this company with its 15-litres/100km return.
More capacity with fewer cylinders is on offer with a 6.8-litre 1988 Bentley Turbo R, a rather racy red example catching the eye for just $25,000. This boosted barge will also consume over 20-litres/100km.
But the Americans can drink like nothing else. How about a 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 for $82,000? Its 8.0-litre V10 will sling you to 100kmh in 4.6-seconds, but will gulp far more than its quoted 15-litres/100km when doing so.
An open top 1973 Cadillac Eldorado is a snip at $16,000 considering the 8.2-litre V8 it harbours, and you can listen as it downs 22-litres/100km.
Then there's the Hummer H1. A 2006 military version with modified 8.7-litre is up for grabs at $97,500. Jeremy Clarkson once said he got 1mpg when accelerating his test H1 - nearly 300-litres/100km - so make sure you don't stray too far from a servo.