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Looking for a deal? Check out your nearest Acura dealer

For the fourth time in the last year, an Aston Martin out-discounts all other automakers by offering the largest monetary savings off the retail price of an automobile in America. This time, though, the discount isn’t on the aging (though still beautiful) Rapide sedan or range-topping DBS Superleggera, it’s for the DB11 sports car. For those keeping track, the DB11 also led this discount list back in May of 2020.

This time, though, the price is even lower than before. Right now, buyers of the Aston Martin DB11 are seeing discounts of $24,330. That’s a 12.1% cut off the car’s average retail price of $201,820 and it means buyers are paying an average transaction price of $177,490. Still expensive, but really not bad for a drop-dead gorgeous machine with as much as 630 horsepower.

Next in line is a familiar face, the Acura NSX. As impressive as the Japanese hybrid supercar may be, Acura has been running big rebates on the NSX for as long as we’ve been running these lists. This month, the NSX buyers are seeing discounts of nearly 14% for an average transaction price of $138,648.

The third biggest discount this month shows up on the most expensive vehicle on the list. The Rolls-Royce Phantom carries an average sticker price of $537,500. But buyers are getting about 4% off that for an average transaction price of $516,333. It may not be a massive discount when measured by percentage, but when the asking price is so high, even a small discount equals big bucks.

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A ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor is for Sale

For as long as we can remember, there have been middling movies that featured cars that outperformed the lead actor. The top of that list is, was and always will be the 1967 Shelby GT500…

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Yasid Design Off-Road Bugatti Hypercar Concepts

London-based automotive designer and concept artist Yasid Oozeear is renowned for his ability to take already iconic cars and transform them into even more otherworldly vehicles. The Yasid Design 1983 GMC Vandura Adventure Van that…

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1980 Aston Martin Bulldog concept will reattempt to break the 200-mph barrier

Aston Martin’s 1980 Bulldog concept will receive a second chance to break the 200-mph barrier after it emerges from a complete, 18-month restoration. It was developed with all-out speed in mind — the British company had hoped the coupe would become the fastest car in the world, but it missed its target before getting shelved.

Had things gone as planned, car-crazed kids in the 1980s would have grown up with a picture of the Bulldog on their bedroom wall. Aston Martin wanted to hoist itself up the exotic car pecking order by building the fastest car in the world, though it didn’t envision more than a limited production run of 15 to 25 cars. Penned by William Towns, who also drew the Lagonda, the Bulldog looked like nothing else on the road (let alone in the Aston Range) due in part to its five center-mounted lights, and it broke with tradition by adopting a mid-mounted engine.

Engineers floated a top speed of 237 mph, according to The Drive, but the Bulldog ran out of breath at 191 mph. Victor Gauntlett axed the project shortly after taking the top job at Aston Martin in 1981 because the numbers didn’t add up; the firm wasn’t in a position to chase speed records. Now, 40 years later, it’s almost time to try again.

Classic Motor Cars began the lengthy process of restoring the Bulldog on behalf of a private owner in 2020, and it enlisted the help of Aston Martin factory driver Darren Turner to see if it can break the 200-mph barrier once it’s back in one piece. Richard Gauntlett, the son of the company’s former boss, is overseeing the project. We don’t know precisely when or where the speed run will take place, but Classic Motor Cars aims to have the Bulldog running by the end of 2021. In a statement, it said that the car is “well on the way to being restored.”

Restoring any exotic car from the early 1980s is a meticulous, expensive, and time-consuming process, and bringing a one-off concept car back to life increases the number of challenges exponentially. Classic Motor Cars can’t order parts from Aston Martin, for example, and it’s not able to study another example to find out how a specific panel is welded. It helps that the Bulldog hasn’t been significantly modified over the past four decades, though some parts (like the door mirrors) were added later, and that it was complete when it arrived at the shop.

Power for the Bulldog comes from a 5.3-liter V8 that’s twin-turbocharged to 600 horsepower, figures that are still respectable in 2021. Classic Motor Cars won’t make any major mechanical modifications to the drivetrain, so the Bulldog will need to attempt to reach the 200-mph mark in its original configuration, but the shop is sidestepping originality in the name of safety by adding an internal roll bar that it plans to conceal under the sheetmetal.

“What has been revealed is that the basic structure showed a lack of torsional rigidity by today’s standards, and a complete lack of rollover protection. For a vehicle with such enormous performance, we felt this was an essential safety improvement to allow the car to be driven in the manner for which it was designed,” the shop wrote.

Reaching the 200-mph mark will be an impressive feat for the Bulldog and for the folks giving it a new lease on life, but it will no longer be enough to claim the world’s top-speed crown. That honor ostensibly goes to the SSC Tuatara, which averaged 316 mph in October 2020. YouTubers called the record into question after noticing irregularities in the video, and SSC aborted its second attempt in December 2020 due to mechanical issues but plans to try again.

Grigio Reventon Ferrari LaFerrari For Sale

A unique Ferrari LaFerrari has been listed for sale by Holland based dealer Hoefnagels. Finished in a special grey paint that pays tribute to the Lamborghini Reventon, this LaFerrari has covered a total of 6,500km. It has taxes paid in Europe and is suitable for buyers within the European Union, although export is also possible to other regions.

Listed for 2.7 million euros including taxes, it will make quite an addition to any hypercar collection given its nature of rarity and unique specs. Only 500 were made.

The LaFerrari was Ferrari’s first production car to be equipped with the F1 derived hybrid powertrain. The 6.3L V12 engine produces 800hp while the electric motor produces 163hp more for a total of over 960hp.

Total torque generated together with the electric motor exceeds 900Nm, the engine also boasts a very high 13.5:1 compression ratio and can rev up to 9,250rpm. Top speed is more than 350km/h, it can do 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds, 0-200km/h in seven seconds and 0-300km/h in fifteen seconds.

Engine: 6.3L V12 Hybrid
Output: 963hp, 900nm+
0-100km/h: 3s
Top Speed: 350km/h+
Price: €2.7 million VAT Paid

Best Performance SUV Coupes to Buy in 2021: Power, Speed and Fashion

Let’s face it, SUVs have not only taken the industry by storm, they have spawned into various categories that come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most popular type of SUV in the market today is the SUV Coupe. Initially only offered in the luxury category, a trend that was famously started by BMW with the X6, they are now offered by every manufacturer, thereby covering all budget classes.

For this list, we will stick to the mid size crossover class. But that does not mean these are the only good performance SUV Coupes, if you step down to the compact class you will find an array of models such as the X4 M, GLC 63 Coupe, RS Q3 Sportback and more.

Before we dive into the list, the concept of an “SUV Coupe” or “4-door coupe” is still very new, having only been mainstreamed in the last few years. Coupes were originally classified as 2 door cars with slanting rooflines. But nowadays a slanted roofline is all it takes to classify a coupe. It has become more of a marketing term than a meaningful term.

1. Lamborghini Urus

Black Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule

Engine: 4.0L V8 twin-turbo
Output: 641hp, 850hp
0-100km/h: 3.6s
Top Speed: 305km/h
Price: $200,000

2. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe

Engine: 4.0L V8 twin-turbo hybrid
Output: 671hp, 900nm
0-100km/h: 3.8s
Top Speed: 295km/h
Price: $165,750

3. Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X Performance

All Electric
Output: 785hp, 967nm
0-100km/h: 2.9s
Top Speed: 262km/h
Price: $93,190

4. Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Review

Engine: 4.0L V8 Biturbo
Output: 612hp, 850nm
0-100km/h: 3.8s
Top Speed: 280km/h
Price: $117,050

5. BMW X6 M Competition

BMW X6 M Competition Rear

Engine: 4.4L V8 twin-turbo + EQ Boost (mild hybrid)
Output: 617hp, 750nm
0-100km/h: 3.7s
Top Speed: 285km/h
Price: $118,595

6. Audi RS Q8

2020 Audi RS Q8

Engine: 4.0L twin-turbo mild hybrid
Output: 600hp, 800nm
0-100km/h: 3,8s
Top Speed: 306km/h
Price: $114,500

6. Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX White

Engine: 4.0L V8 Biturbo (AMG)
Output: 542hp, 700nm
0-100km/h: 4.5s
Top Speed: 292km/h
Price: $189,900

7. Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic

Engine: 5.0L V8 supercharged
Output: 542hp, 680nm
0-100km/h: 4.5s
Top Speed: 273km/h
Price: $91,815

Mercedes-Benz 56″ MBUX Hyperscreen

In the race to provide the biggest car touchscreen on the planet, we introduce you to the King-of-the-Hill. It’s called the MBUX Hyperscreen, and it’s essentially one ginormous touchscreen that replaces the traditional dashboard and…

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Pagani’s track-only Huayra R sounds like it will pack a naturally-aspirated V12

Pagani’s Huayra is preparing to put on a racing suit, just like its predecessor, the Zonda, did in 2009. And a video posted on the firm’s social media channels suggests engineers may have ditched the turbos.

Listen to the short video in the Instagram post embedded below. It’s the Huayra R’s V12 engine singing its heart out. While the actual footage reveals little that we don’t know, the soundtrack seemingly comes from a naturally-aspirated engine. We don’t hear a pair of turbos spooling up. That’s unusual, because the regular Huayra is powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12 that’s twin-turbocharged to over 750 horsepower.

Pagani hasn’t given any specs on the engine, though. Previous reports have suggested the engine will have more than 900 horsepower and the ability to rev beyond 9,500 rpm. Certainly the video supports the high-revving prediction. We would expect Pagani to be using a version of the 6.0-liter AMG V12, as it has on all of its supercars, though without turbochargers. And that’s not just because Pagani has always used AMG engines, but because there aren’t many companies with a V12 in its parts bin, and developing one from scratch would be extremely expensive for a small company like Pagani.

Pagani will release more details about the Huayra R in the coming weeks, and we expect the model will make its official debut online during the first half of 2021. It will likely arrive as a limited-edition car with a seven-digit price tag, and we wouldn’t be surprised if every available example is spoken for by the time it breaks cover. It might be the last variant of the Huayra, too. Production of the Roadster has already ended, and the next Pagani hypercar is currently being developed. It’s tentatively scheduled to break cover before the end of the year.

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Whole Dashboard is a Screen: Mercedes-Benz Reveals the HyperScreen

Normally around this time of the year we are attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where we get to see various advancements in technology from companies around the world. But for reasons well known to everyone, that will only take place virtually this year. That said, Mercedes-Benz has just revealed what they call a “HyperScreen” ahead of the CES 2021 virtual show.

To be featured first on the upcoming EQS, HyperScreen will use the latest MBUX technology and will run from left to right of the entire dashboard or simply across the the A pillars. Screens have been the latest interior trend in cars, even the latest S-Class took it a notch higher with a much larger screen (we thought the W222 had a bigger screen!). It all started as a showcase feature on concept and electric cars, Tesla made it mainstream and since then multiple cars have adopted the idea of huge screens in the car.

Mercedes Big Screen

For Mercedes-Benz, the screen technology goes beyond ‘trendy’ and ‘cool’. By using the 2nd generation MBUX technology, they have added a load of features that seek to set them apart from any other car using big screens.

Here are some highlight features of the new HyperScreen:
– At the core of it, advanced AI controls the whole screen.
– It measures an increadible 141-centimetre wide, 2,432.11 cm squared are for the passengers.
– It uses a curved design, and will be an optional extra. (will be standard later just like Widescreen)
– Zero Layer concept will eliminate submenus and voice commands, only the most important apps are presented to the driver accordingly to avoid unnecessary scrolling. See it as an advanced version of Spotify’s car mode.
– Passenger Display now available, like on certain Ferrari models but in a mega style. It’s only active if the passenger seat is occupied, otherwise an animated wallpaper is displayed.

The MBUX HyperScreen will debut on the EQS saloon, the full electric S-Class.

DeLorean DMC-12 Back to the Future Off-Road

The might just be Doc Brown’s post-apocalyptic vehicle of choice. Done up by concept artist BradBuilds, the DeLorean from Back to the Future gets a makeover that lifts the ride height, adds long-travel suspension, big…

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Should You Build Your Own Bike? Is It Worth It?

Every cyclist that is serious about the sport has just one thing they would love to get when it comes to their bike. Complete control. Just about every cyclist out there has this dream wish list in mind of what they would want their ideal bike to look like.

No matter how expensive and high tech it is, there is always something that is missing. Something you would like to have or at least be made better. All of this makes a great case for making your own bike.

There is fitting out a bike with aftermarket bits to suit your needs, and quite another to build it from the frame out to get it exactly the way that you want.

In this article, I will go over the basics of what it means to build your own bike and whether you think it’s worth it or not.

The frame

There are two ways of going about the frame when it comes to building your own bike. Your choices are to either buy just the basic frame already built and then add on everything else. Or to literally weld the frame from scratch based on your own design.

The first one is easily the most economic and less likely to fail. You could put a lot of work into the build-out of the frame only to find that the welds are not good or the design isn’t going to work. The problem with buying it already made is that you don’t get exactly what you want. You may find after riding it that there are things that you don’t like about it. Also, if you are doing the build for experience then you aren’t learning as much as when you do it yourself.

The second option is the most satisfying but also the more intense of the two options. You’ll need to learn the basics of welding and practice a lot before you put the frame together. The best 110v MIG welder will get the job done and is not too difficult to learn as long as you are somebody that is handy.

You may end up with several prototypes of the frame before you actually build a suitable one. This will give you plenty of practice and experience so you understand exactly what you need to accomplish the frame.

The fork

The fork is going to be more difficult to weld and build yourself. You are probably better off buying the type that you like for the type of riding you plan to do. Many forks are made tapered which would be very difficult for you to do yourself without extremely specialized tools.

So, this is the time that you need to go with a factory-made one. Of course, you can still find one that suits your needs exactly so it doesn’t lead to an inferior set of forks. In fact, you’re more likely to get what you need by buying them already fabricated.

All the rest

 Now, you’ll need to go buy the individual parts. This will be at least as time-consuming as manufacturing the frame from scratch! Each part is going to be scrutinized to make sure that it is going to play well with other components. And it is also the opportunity to address the issues one often finds on a bike already made for you.

Go with the best in terms of quality and the best in terms of how you want it to work within the rest of the bike. Brakes for instance are going to be important for obvious reasons. You can choose from a disk or rim and hydraulic or mechanical.

Everything else is going to come down to preference and you’ll know what you’re looking for.

Is it worth it?

You’re going to spend far more money building your own bike than buying one on your budget. The individual parts are going to cost more. And if you are welding the frame yourself, there might be a lot of wasted material. Yet, it is still worth it to build your own.

Once you have this skill, you could even make a business out of it and build bespoke bikes for others as this is a rare talent that only comes from experience. You’ll at least be getting exactly the bike that you want even if you have no intention of building a business. There are not many people who end up regretting that they built their own bike, after all.

Modern Classics: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Being based in the United Kingdom I was somewhat saddened by the news that sales of cars solely powered by internal combustion engines would be banned from the year 2030, but then I considered that the majority of the cars that are rolling off production lines in 2021 are rarely worthy of praise. The used market is awash with spectacular cars from eras free of strict noise regulations, constricting emissions regulations and other legislations which have made driver’s cars far less enjoyable. Yes, cars need to be cleaner and safer for us earthlings, but manufacturers of high performance cars seem to have taken a view that excitement comes from raw speed and not feel. As a result, there are just a handful of delights which I would desire to purchase as a first owner – think Alpine A110, Yaris GR or one of the remaining naturally aspirated Porsches or Ferraris.

Over dinner with an acquaintance (back when that was legal) I was asked which supercar I would have if money was no object – a Zonda, 250 SWB or F40 would be the obvious choice, but these would require lottery wins or finding out my father purchased a few dozen Bitcoins for me when I was 10-years-old, I asked…he didn’t. The question was made more specific – ‘what if you had a more reasonable budget, say £150,000’. This is, dare I say, a realistic sum of money that I could potentially have to splurge one day. Modern cars are faster than ever before, but also more expensive and built in higher numbers. Even ‘limited production’ cars are not very rare, something that is plaguing the market today and price aside, they aren’t as interactive as cars from a decade ago. I had my answer, and then I had the opportunity to drive it.

If you rock up to a Porsche dealership today with around £200,000 you can leave with a 991.2 GT3 RS. It is a fantastic car with a screaming 4-litre flat six that revs to 9,000 and is so fast around a circuit you’ll embarrass cars worth twice as much, so long as you have an ounce of skill. Back in 2010 Porsche RS cars still had manual gearboxes and engines designed for race cars by a man named Hans Mezger, an engineering legend who we sadly lost in 2020.

The 2010 911 GT3 RS of the 997.2 generation is heralded as one of the greatest cars of all time and it is not difficult to see why. Unlike its modern counterpart, there is no electrically assisted steering, it is hydraulically assisted, and there is not PDK, just a 6-speed shifter and a clutch pedal. The engine was also mounted further back so the car understeers a little more. This is worse, the car is slower and it is a pain in the arse to drive. And that is why it is better than the 991.2 GT3 RS and anything been built today.

The 997 is an entirely different experience, it is brutal, intense, hardcore and it takes hours to learn before you can drive it at its best and when you do, you’ll find a flow that is intoxicating. The Porsche press car was delivered to me at 6am, I drove it for 12 hours only stopping for fuel and coffee. The physicality and force required to charge gear is almost comical, but it means every shift is an occasion and when you nail a heel-and-toe downshift into a corner whilst trail breaking and get back onto the power out of a corner before chasing the redline at 8,500 you find yourself mesmerised and astonished at how sublime a car this is. The 444bhp is modest by 2021 standards, hot hatches are armed with that these days. It means that you can row through first, second and most of third before troubling the speed limits, the same cannot be said for any modern supercar.

For me, this is a car that will be looked back upon as one of the most special road cars ever built. Yes, there are classics such as the F1, F40 and 250 GTO, but they are so valuable and fragile that it is difficult to imagine driving them they way they are intended to be driven around other road users. Even taking one to dinner and street parking it must be nerve-racking. For the price of a used Ferrari 488 you can have what I am sure will be a bonafide future classic. Get one whilst you can!

When to Hire an Injury Attorney After a Motorcycle Crash

Getting into a crash with a car is a daily concern for many bikers and their families. Even if you are a cautious rider and do everything correctly, you may still be hit by a careless driver. 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistics, 82,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2018. 

  • 45% of motorcycle accidents result in more than a minor injury;
  • Only 3% of motorcycle crashes occur in inclement weather;
  • In 2018, 8% of U.S. homes had at least one motorcycle; and
  • Most fatal accidents occur in broad daylight between the hours of 3pm and 6pm. 

With many people staying home through much of 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it is likely that cyclists have taken the opportunity to enjoy riding with fewer vehicles on the roads. Sadly, fewer vehicles have not resulted in fewer motorcycle accidents. 

When to Hire an Injury Attorney After a Motorcycle Crash

If you experience no physical injury and little to no property damage, you may not need a motorcycle accident attorney. But if you have been injured even slightly, it is important to seek medical attention to assess the damage caused by the accident. Moderate or severe injuries could require extensive and expensive medical care. 

There is no need to hire the first attorney you find online or see on a billboard. It is more important to find an experienced motorcycle injury attorney who is qualified to get you compensation and help with your injuries to get your life back on track. 

A motorcycle accident attorney will be able to strengthen your claim for damages by gathering evidence of the incident and your injuries. They can negotiate with insurance companies who are quick to offer you a low settlement. After negotiations, an experienced attorney will know if the settlement offer is fair or if it is worth going to trial. The right legal help can navigate the court system on your behalf and help you seek the compensation you need. 

Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents

Most states have a statute of limitations for motor vehicle accidents that extends for two to four years after the date of the accident. Make sure you are certain about the statute of limitations in your particular state to ensure you file your claim on time.  It is important to note that some injuries related to motorcycle accidents may not present themselves immediately. That being said, the sooner you seek compensation for damages, the stronger your case will be. 

Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Motorcycle Accident

Though there is only so much you can do to avoid a careless driver, it is important to protect yourself. 

  • Familiarize yourself with the motorcycle laws in your state;
  • Take a motorcycle training (or refresher) course;
  • Always wear a helmet when riding;
  • Be conscious of other drivers’ blind spots; 
  • Use hand or turn signals before changing lanes;
  • Take up the entire lane; 
  • Don’t ride or pass on the shoulder of the road; and
  • Never ride your motorcycle in an impaired state.

You can never be too careful when riding a motorcycle. Wearing reflective clothing is not required but is a good idea, especially when riding at night. Always make sure any passenger riding with you is comfortable on a motorcycle, and make sure your motorcycle insurance is current. 

If you are one of the thousands of people who have already experienced property damage or injury from a motorcycle accident, know that you do have legal options for relief. Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney not only provides better odds of compensation for your injuries, but it also provides peace of mind.

Singer-Tuthill Porsche 911 Safari is a Project for the Books

Singer has reimagined and modified its first 1990 Porsche 911 as World Rally Championship- inspired all-terrain competition machine for a client. The client has ordered 2 cars, one in Parallax White targeting high speed desert rallying and in Corsica Red for high speed and high-grip tarmac events.

Singer in partnership with a famous Porsche 911 rally specialist Richard Tuthil have modified a Porsche 911 allowing it to compete in off-road racing and to demonstrate its vast all-terrain capabilities.

  • Engine: 3.6L twin-turbocharged air cooled flat-six engine
  • Horsepower: 450hp
  • Torque : 420lb
  • Wheels: 8×16 inches + BF Goodrich all-terrain tires

The vehicle features modifications that include an increased ride height, suspension travel and strength, sequential racing transmission with front, center and rear limited-slip differentials and it’s a permanent all-wheel drive.

The Porsche 911 Safari has been fitted with a 3.6L air-cooled flat-six engine with 450hp and 420lb of torque as well as carbon fiber body panels suited for quick replacement and easy underbody access.

The wheels on the Porsche are forged aluminium 8×16 inches with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres whereas the brakes are 4-piston monobloc steel disc brakes coupled with a hydraulic handbrake.

Singer-Tuthill Porsche 911 Safari wallpaper

Other specialised specifications include a long-range fuel tank, full FIA roll cage, rehydration system for driver and navigator, race wheels and tyres on the front trunk area and rear storage area and Bespoke competition seats with FIA certification.

Price information has not been provided.

The True Costs Of Owning A Luxury Car

There’s no denying that owning a luxury car is one of the pinnacle hallmarks of financial success. Luxury cars come fully stocked with futuristic aesthetics, fancy features, and high-performance engines. As such, luxurious cars carry a higher financial value compared to other car brands.

Buyers are usually willing to pay high prices for a car because of the detail in the car as well as its high-value perception in the market. Some, however, will choose to own a luxury car as a status symbol. It’s somewhat true that the car you drive says a good amount about the person you are.

If you’ve been eyeing a few high-end Mercedes and Land Rovers in your company parking lot, you may be wondering whether you could fit a luxury car within your budget.

It’s no secret that luxury cars will set you back tens of thousands. However, as you plan your budget, you need not only consider the purchase price of the car but also the costs that come with owning a luxury car.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the total costs of owning a car so you can get a clearer picture of how much you are going to spend according to your budget.

1. Maintenance and Repair Work

The costs of paying for maintenance and repair for your car is perhaps the most impactful expenses post-purchase. It goes without saying that the parts of a luxury car are expensive. What’s worse is the common misconception that luxury cars break down less because of the high-quality engineering that goes behind the manufacturing process of those cars.

The mechanic you hire needs to be highly trained in working with the somewhat complex machine that is your car. This means that their labor costs will also be high.

Remember, cheap is expensive. Opting for a cheap technician might result in you paying even more than you should have because the technician might either choose to fleece you while doing a shoddy job that you might have to get redone after.

The truth is luxury cars are costly merely because they provide better performance, comfort, and driving experience that you would otherwise not find with a regular car. As such, luxury cars need to be serviced just like any regular car if not with higher precision because of their luxurious nature.

For instance, the cost of an oil change for a new Honda should not go beyond $100. With a high-end Mercedes, you should expect to pay double that figure or even more.

There’s also the fact that OEM Mercedes spare parts will also cost you a good amount of money. To save money, however, you can always look up buying auto parts online so you can make comparisons as per product variety and prices.

If you fall under this category, here’s why you should buy OEM parts for your Mercedes.

2. Gas for Your Car

Due to the consistent nature of fueling a car, you need to work out how much you are going to pay at the gas pump. The thing with luxury cars is they come with massive high-speed engines that are designed more for high performance and less for fuel economy. To keep the engine running, you might have to pay premium prices for high octane fuel.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the difference between fuel costs per gallon for a regular sedan and a high-performance vehicle should be between 30 to 40 cents.

Not much, right? Wrong! An additional couple of dollars to fill your tank might seem a bit trivial. However, paying the extra money over a certain amount of time can make a big difference. You might find that you’ve paid up to a $1,000 in added fuel costs.

3. Your Car’s Insurance Cover

Ask any insurance agent and they’ll tell you how much first-time luxury car buyers are often surprised by the cost of insuring their car. Unfortunately, insurance as unappealing it may sound, is a must-have that every car owner, luxurious or not, simply has to pay for.

As expected, the parts for your brand new luxury car will cost your insurance company good money to repair. There’s also the fact that they have to use a high-end mechanic to handle your car. For this cost, the insurance company will overturn the expenses in the form of higher insurance premiums for your car.

For instance, a brand new Toyota Camry valued at around $30,000 should set you back about $1,500 in insurance payments every year. However, a new Mercedes Benz C300 valued at $40,000 more should cost you well over $2,500 in annual insurance premiums. That’s a difference of over $10,000 and $1,500 each year.

As a countermeasure, you can save some money by comparing car insurance quotes from different providers.

Benefits To Buying OEM Mercedes Spare Parts

Perhaps the most significant upside to buying original equipment manufactured parts, or OEM, is the spare parts are made specifically by the car manufacturing brand. This means that these parts match exactly the stock parts that you bought your Mercedes with when it came through the assembly line.

OEM Mercedes Spare parts at any dealership should be the same type thus you won’t have to stress about buying from different brands as well as the differences in costs and quality.

There’s also the fact that Mercedes sell OEM parts with a warranty that is usually easy to claim.

High Luxury Means High Responsibility

It’s common knowledge that luxury cars are really expensive. Keep in mind that the longer you own the car, the more it depreciates in value. What’s more, they cost an arm and a leg to maintain and pay for insurance, considering the ever-rising price of gas.

The best way of keeping your automotive budget in check is to calculate the overall cost of buying and maintaining a luxury car. A good rule of thumb is to spend less than 20% of your net income on vehicle costs.

By keeping a close eye on your expenses, you can keep more money in your pocket and still drive a luxurious car while at it.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Joins Facelift Range with Electrification

Bentley has launched the new Bentayga Hybrid, joining the recent range of facelift models.

The new Bentayga Hybrid offers electric luxury and technology that positions it as the most advanced Bentayga to date.

The interior and exterior designs have all been updated to match the current design language. Customers of the Bentayga can block out noise from outside through the refined and acoustically-isolated tranquility of the cabin without engine interference. The interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley.

The Hybrid’s electrified powertrain consists of 12 main components. LED provides a visual indicator showing the state of charge of the battery which can be charged at a rate of 7.2kW/h. The battery can be charged to 100 in approximately 2 hours and consists of 168 individual cells with an expected life of 8 years.

Stored energy is converted into smooth and better performance through the 94kW E motor which can produce up to 350 Nm of torque. When combined with the 3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6 engine, the total output is 449hp and 700nm of torque. It achieves a pure electric range of 36 miles and a combined range of 546 miles.

The Bentayga has different drive modes and a customized button which allows control over the three E Modes – EV drive, Hybrid mode and Hold mode. EV drive mode is engaged immediately when the car is switched on and maximizes the electric driving experience as well as denoting the boundary between pure electric and hybrid power. This mode is ideal for city driving and short journeys. Hybrid Mode maximizes vehicle efficiency and is suitable for longer journeys. Hold Mode balances engine and electric power to hold high battery charge for later use. This is the default mode when in sport to supply consistent boost and recuperation.

The price and the performance figures have not been confirmed yet.

Roll like His Airness in this Mercedes SLR McLaren previously owned by Michael Jordan

Often called the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan also has an interest in fast machines, as evidenced by the recent announcement that he would be establishing a NASCAR team, 23XI Racing, together with Denny Hamlin and featuring Bubba Wallace behind the wheel. It’s hardly surprising, then, that he would also be an owner of multiple supercars, many of which could be seen in the ESPN documentary The Last Dance. One of Jordan’s previous supercars, this 2007 Mercedes SLR McLaren, is now up for sale on eBay Motors.

Besides its celebrity provenance, this Mercedes SLR McLaren is special for another reason: It’s the special 722 Edition, built to commemorate the 1955 Mercedes-Benz win at the Mille Miglia. That winning Mercedes-Benz 300SLR racer, piloted by Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, was car #722 (so designated because of its 7:22 a.m. start time).

The SLR McLaren 722 Edition features a 650-horsepower supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine and is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is 209 mph. Good thing the front splitter and rear diffuser are modified for increased downforce at high speeds. The ride height also is lowered and the suspension stiffened compared to the regular car, and larger brake rotors are fitted. The interior brings leather and Alcantara upholstery along with gloss-finished carbon fiber trim. Special black wheels and subtle red “722” badges complete the picture.

This car has 1,038 miles on the clock, so it must not have been in heavy rotation with Jordan’s many other rides. At this writing, the car has a bid of $35,100 with the reserve not met. We’d guess bidding has a way to go before someone has a realistic chance of driving this baby home, since the Buy-It-Now price is $695,750.

The Aspark Owl, dubbed the fastest accelerating car in the world, is now on sale

The Aspark Owl, a 1985-horsepower electric hypercar that has been dubbed the fastest accelerating car in the world, has gone on sale. A showroom opened in Aspark’s hometown of Osaka, Japan, yesterday, and the company is taking orders from Europe and North America as well.

In October, the Owl set a claimed 0-60 time of 1.72 seconds during testing at Misano World Circuit in Italy. Though that time was achieved using one-foot of rollout (typical of many publications’ 0-60 times), it should still obliterate anything in the next lane over. Previous tests of a prototype have alleged a 0-60 time of 1.87 seconds on race tires, but the latest time was clocked with street-legal Michelins.

Production will start with a limited run of 50 units, with 20 planned for Europe and 20 for Asia and the Middle East. That leaves 10 for North America, whose sales will be handled by The Gables Sports Cars, which seems to be a used exotic car dealership in Miami, Florida.

One of the things that seems to be holding the Owl back is that it’s not a dedicated car company. It’s an industrial engineering firm that has built a hypercar as a side project. As such, it has no sales network, seemingly very little in terms of PR or marketing, and an inconsistent website.

Parts of the site still say that the 0-60 time is 1.69 seconds, while horsepower ranges from 2,012 to 1,985. The latter number seems to be more recent, so we’ll go with that. One thing we do know is that the Owl has four electric motors. Aspark says that motor’s rotation speed of 15,000 rpm “should be” the fastest in the world.

The company also says the Owl makes 1,475 lb-ft of torque, has a range of 400km (249 miles), and tops out at 400 kph (249 mph). Back in March, a press release teased a second project from Aspark to be revealed in a few weeks, but as far as we can tell it hasn’t been announced.

If you would like to own an Owl, you can fill out an application on the Aspark website. It’ll set you back $3.56 million at today’s exchange rates. It’s a machine that piques our curiosity, but hopefully the company can get its messaging act together so we can have more faith in the car itself. 

Koenigsegg re-engineers a 2017 Agera RS at the request of a customer

Buyers who order a Koenigsegg are encouraged to personalize their car by working directly with the company to select unique paint colors and trim materials. One customer took the customization process to the next level by commissioning the company’s little-known Aftermarket division to re-engineer a 2017 Agera RS.

Twenty-five units of the record-breaking Agera RS were available, and production ended in 2018, so it’s too late to buy one new. Instead, an owner approached the Swedish firm with a simple request: He wanted to add air vents similar to the One:1‘s to his car’s hood. From there, the project escalated into a relatively long list of upgrades.

Koenigsegg explained that after adding the pair of vents, it redesigned the carbon fiber hood and fitted additional winglets on either side of the front bumper. It then turned its attention to the back of the car, where it added an air scoop that’s also inspired by the One:1 and an updated adjustable wing controlled by the in-car software. Black paint on the logos, on the exhaust outlet, and even on the visible bolts add a finishing touch to the design.

Inside, the anonymous customer requested a digital instrument cluster named SmartCluster in Koenigsegg-speak. Borrowed from the Regera, it takes the form of a big, driver-configurable screen that neatly replaces the three digital gauges and the small clusters of warning lights fitted to the Agera RS when it was new.

Koenigsegg initially estimated that implementing the customer’s request for additional vents would take a month, but it ended up spending longer than half a year making the aforementioned changes to the Agera RS. It stopped short of revealing how much it charged the owner to re-engineer a car that cost more than $2.5 million when it was new.