Auto makers market horsepower figures for consumers exactly like you. Carroll Shelby said this many years ago: "Horsepower sells cars, but torque wins races." The average consumer continues to only look at horsepower, and ignores the more important torque number.
Go ahead and buy the Camaro V6 - it's a fresh car, a good deal and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Just don't try beating a Mustang GT with it, because you'll fail.
2005 Mustang GT, Screaming Yellow, Hurst 5-speed
Past cars: 1965 Corvette 396 Convertible, 1971 Olds 4-4-2 W-30, 1974 Z28, 1980 Z28, 1984 Z28, 1987 Mustang GT, 1995 Mustang GT - all M4 or M5.