Light weight, heavy bills

Top-notch brak­ing doesn't come cheap

Motor (Australia) - - GEEK SPEAK -

FOR THE vast ma­jor­ity of driv­ers, car­bon-ce­ramic brakes are un­nec­es­sary. Un­less you're a reg­u­lar track-goer, the only dif­fer­ence you'll feel is a slight im­prove­ment in ride qual­ity, as com­pos­ite brakes are lighter and there­fore re­duce un­sprung weight.

How­ever, if you do de­cide to take the plunge, you'll need fairly deep pock­ets. At the su­per­car end of town, car­bon-ce­ramic brakes are in­creas­ingly com­mon stan­dard equip­ment – all Fer­raris, for in­stance, come so equipped, as do Porsche's Turbo S mod­els.

AMG of­fers front car­bon ce­ram­ics for $9990 on the C63, which are sig­ni­fied by gold calipers. BMW's M Di­vi­sion also uses gold calipers to iden­tify cars so equipped, but charges $15,000 for the priv­i­lege on the M3/M4, though it does throw in com­pos­ite rears as well.

Porsche, the com­pany that started it all, uses yel­low calipers for PCCB-op­tioned cars, and you'll need $19,990 to add these to your 911 or $17,990 for your Boxster or Cay­man. Bent­ley like­wise charges $20,000 for the ul­ti­mate in brak­ing while Audi asks for $20,940 on the RS6/RS7 but help­fully writes 'ce­ramic' on the grey calipers to re­mind every­one that you are as brave with your fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions as you are with the mid­dle pedal.

Just re­mem­ber, they cost just as much at re­place­ment time. – SN

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