For mine, I couldn't give a diseased goats bollocks about if it would have the same hype and cred.
If it is a comprehensively better car than the Monaro, (which it WOULD be), then that's all I require. As I keep telling a lot of my mates from the "dark side", image doesn't make a good car. (They always then bring up the sales figures etc. but I still have to remind them that sales and marketing don't mean the product is necessarily superior.)
Image is nothing, superiority in form and function is everything!