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The 5 Most Expensive Cars To Repair

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When buying their next vehicle, consumers tend to take into account wallet-related factors like fuel efficiency, reliability, maintenance costs and depreciation. But what about the cost to repair your vehicle should you be involved in a collision?

The most expensive cars to repair, according to extensive real insurance claims data collected by the Highway Data Loss Institute, all tend to be high-end luxury and exotic sports car models with six-figure base prices and cutting-edge technology.

Here are the top 5 most expensive cars to repair among cars with enough insurance claim data to collect meaningful statistics, according to the HDLI. Keep in mind that these reported crashes run the gamut from the most minor fender-bender to a severe accident resulting in a total loss.

1. Ferrari California – Average Repair Cost: $82,112

In the world of sky-high repair costs, the Ferrari California exotic sports car takes the cake. Its $82,112 average repair cost after a collision is more than three times higher than any car on this list. With many Ferrari parts consisting of expensive carbon fiber and built by hand, crashing a California costs on average a whopping 42 percent of the car’s $194,000 base price. Owners, or potential owners, should take some solace in the fact that the California has the second-lowest reported crash frequency of any vehicle on the road. Only the Corvette Z06 is involved in fewer crashes on average.

2. Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – Average Repair Cost: $24,679

Ringing in at second place is the mighty Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, one of the highest-performing convertibles on the market and also exorbitantly expensive in the event of a wreck. It won’t take much to hit the Turbo’s approximate $25,000 repair cost, as even a low-speed rear-end collision can cause damage to the car’s engine, transmission and other most-expensive components, which are mounted in the back, aft of the rear axle. Like the California, though, 911 Turbo Cabriolet owners tend to baby their cars, with a low claim frequency per year of ownership.

3. Maserati GranTurismo – Average Repair Cost: $16,150

Maserati occupies a unique place in the exotic car market. Its vehicles offer plenty of raw power and visceral driving excitement, sure, but they are better known for their coddling luxury with interiors crafted from the finest materials that money can buy. The $125,000 GranTurismo, a two-seat sport coupe and convertible model, surely has high cost due to factors like Poltrona Frau leather seating and trim: “this superbly finished leather is the result of months of attentive treatment,” Maserati says.

4. Porsche Panamera Turbo – Average Repair Cost: $16,027

Surprise, surprise: another Porsche model makes the top 5 most-expensive vehicles to repair list. The Panamera Turbo, which is the range-topper among Porsche’s four-door luxury sport sedan lineup, is less expensive to repair per accident compared with the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, though curiously it is involved in twice as many accident claims per car per year. The car’s massive size and girth when compared with trimmer exotic sports cars mean more costly raw materials and expensive components needed after the typical wreck.

5. Nissan GT-R – Average Repair Cost: $15,285

Rounding out the top five is Nissan’s GT-R supercar, which while less expensive to repair compared to cars like the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and California, tends to attract drivers who treat public streets as their own personal race track. Not only are claim rates relatively high in frequency, but devastating wrecks resulting in a total loss, or close to it, are more common than with some of the other cars with sky-high repair costs. Coming from Nissan, the cost of individual components will not be as high as from Italian automakers if a major crash can be avoided.

Paul Cannon is a Houston car accident attorney and hence knows a great deal about car accident-related issues.

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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Gets A Substantial Power Boost, Higher Redline

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

When we drove the current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, it didn’t take long for us to fall for it, as it offers one of the purest driving experiences out there. In fact, we described the ND as “the most fun you can have for under $30K”. And that’s a statement I’ll stand by today.

If you’re looking for a car that will deliver maximum smiles per hour as you go flat out through the twisties, it honestly doesn’t get much better than this. Seriously, if I lived in an area with fun roads (and less snow), there’d be a Miata parked in my garage right now.

Still.. a little extra power would be nice, as the Miata only has 155 horsepower on tap, which is less than the Fiat 124 Spider, even though they’re essentially the same cars!

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

But that’s about to change. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets a substantial bump in power, with 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, with a richer torque curve throughout the car’s entire rev range. And the redline has increased from 6,800 rpm to 7,500 rpm.

While an additional 26 HP might not sound like much, it’s all about the power-to-weight ratio. The Miata is a lightweight car in it’s own right, weighing in at 2,300 pounds and change, which is 1,000 less than most “regular” cars. Coupled with the better torque curve, it’s going to make a HUGE difference in the way the car drives. Zoom-Zoom!

Mazda says the new MX-5 is quicker, more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive, adhering to Mazda’s unique Jinba Ittai — “horse and rider as one” — engineering philosophy.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Beyond the engine improvements, the 2019 MX-5 introduces an available brown canvas soft top, new black metallic 17-inch wheels, a newly telescoping steering wheel (30mm of travel), easier-to-open doors and revised door stops and revised cupholders and seat levers. There are also some additional safety features.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will be available in the U.S. this fall, with pricing, packaging and full specifications to be announced closer to on-sale timing.

Of course, the age old question.. Go with a new 2019 Miata, or get a left-over ’18 model for a big discount? Decisions, decisions..

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The 2019 BMW 8 Series Is The Luxury Super Coupe We’ve Been Waiting For

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2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe

When BMW unveiled the Concept 8 Series last year, it caused quite a stir for obvious reasons. After all, it had been nearly 20 years since the last 8 Series rolled off the production line back in 1999, and we had long given up on BMW ever bringing back the storied nameplate.

But was the Bavarian car company just teasing us with another sexy concept that wouldn’t see the light of day, as is so often the case?

Today, we got our answer, with the introduction of the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe, a luxury sports coupe that is ready to take on the competition with outstanding performance, beautiful design and state of the art technology.

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe

The directive for the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s design was to provide a thrilling driving experience. Body, powertrain and suspension were honed to achieve the agility, precision and poise expected of a top-class luxury sports coupe.

Styling wise, the production model stays fairly true to the concept, exuding “a very modern form of sporting appeal beautifully blended with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure.” The 8 Series is the first model to show off BMW’s new design language that is focusing on modernity and emotional engagement.

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe

The car’s low-slung design, an elongated silhouette with a slim window pillars, a roofline with a distinctive “double-bubble” contouring, a long wheelbase and wide track are the defining elements of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s proportions.

The first variant to launch, the BMW M850i xDrive, is powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that puts out a healthy 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, launching the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. And it will serve up an enthralling soundtrack along the way.

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe interior

As the name suggests, the BMW M850i is equipped with xDrive rear-biased intelligent all-wheel drive, and it’s mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission that has been updated with wider ratios and sportier gear shifts. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are included as standard for manual gear selection, while a Launch Control function allows for accelerating from a standing start with maximum available traction.

Being BMW’s flagship vehicle, the car will come loaded with luxury features and technology, more than there’s space for here to go on about. But rest assured, you’ll be rolling around in the lap of luxury, and the envy of all of your neighbors.

Pricing for the BMW 8 Series Coupe will be released closer to its launch date this Fall.

What do you guys think about the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe?

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New 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 Would Get Carroll’s Stamp Of Approval

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

When the 2018 Ford Mustang launched last Fall, there were a number of models for buyers to choose from (EcoBoost, GT, Performance Pack 1, Performance Pack 2, Bullitt). But one model that was noticeably absent from the list was the track-ready Shelby GT350.

Like many others, I figured that Ford Performance was focused on the upcoming 2020 Shelby GT500, and that the Shelby GT350 would ultimately get phased out. But Ford surprised us the other day when they unveiled a new 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 at a media event at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

As you can see from these photos, the Shelby GT350 doesn’t adopt the 2018 Mustang’s styling updates, continues on with the same exterior design as before. Nor does it receive any changes under the hood, sticking with the glorious 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 that puts out 526HP at 8,250 rpm and 429 lb-ft. Because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

So what is new? Ford Performance engineers and designers incorporated the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology into the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350.

Working exclusively with Michelin, the team also engineered new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with a Shelby GT350-specific tread pattern and different compound to deliver more grip for significantly improved acceleration and lateral acceleration, as well as braking. These tires are wrapped around new 19-inch aluminum wheels.

An all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimized grille closeout was designed and tuned with experience gained from wind tunnel development of the Ford Performance Mustang road course racing cars and upcoming Shelby GT500 model. Together, they deliver significant rear greater aerodynamic efficiency when equipped with the new optional Gurney flap on the rear spoiler, which will be available after launch.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Upgrades to Shelby GT350’s standard MagneRide active suspension complement the aero and tire enhancements with recalibrated springs and revised damping to take full advantage of the improvements.

Stopping power is provided by six-piston front and four-piston rear caliper Brembo brakes. For added control and improved driver feedback, Shelby GT350’s electric power-assist steering and three-mode electronic stability control settings feature enhancements taken from Ford Performance’s hundreds of hours of competitive track testing.

The result of all of these tweaks and adjustments? A more balanced, higher-performing car on the straightaways and especially in the corners.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

“The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs.

Honestly, I didn’t think the Shelby GT350 could get any better than it already was, but clearly I was wrong. The new model will be the benchmark for the competition, and I can’t wait to get some seat time with it.. hopefully on a race track!

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