Light weight, heavy bills
Top-notch braking doesn't come cheap
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