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15 Dec 2022
The more expensive the car, the more expensive its maintenance.

The more expensive the car, the more expensive its maintenance. But what if the price of a new acquisition starts at three million dollars? It is clear that during a visit to the technical center you will have to spend a little more than your annual salary in Tasty and that's it, but how much more? Alas, even if your Bugatti Chiron is bought as an investment and sits in the garage most of the time, it will continue to mercilessly devour the bank account. Today we will talk about servicing a car that even has a brake caliper like a small car.

Yes, there are things in the life of Bugatti owners that can be annoying. One, for example, complained that he liked to drive his "Chiron" with open windows and accelerate to breathtaking speed.

Who knew that for Bugatti these things are mutually exclusive? With intense acceleration, the hypercar automatically closes the windows, and its owner has to constantly deal with this annoying effect.

What about annoying maintenance bills? There are a lot of videos on the Internet with shocking prices for Bugatti parts, but you need to make a reservation right away that the abyss of money will not open up before you in the first years of owning a hypercar.

For the first four years, you will have a warranty that includes recommended annual maintenance at the expense of the manufacturer. Yes, luxury brands often include it in the cost of the car.

But then depreciation expenses will begin to wag your wallet with the ruthlessness of a flock of piranhas. First, Bugatti recommends changing oil, filters and other technical fluids every year. And this is a whole adventure, which takes 14 hours by factory standards.

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After all, if in an ordinary car there can be several drain holes for oil, then the Bugatti with a 16-cylinder engine has 16 of them, from which, by coincidence, a little more than 16 liters of oil flows out. Yes, this eight-liter big man needs a lot of lubrication.

At the same time, the Bugatti models have to do a partial disassembly of the rear in order to gain access to all service points. So this whole procedure will cost the equivalent of $24000, and in 10 years it will result in $240 000.

Other service procedures will take just as much time and effort: for example, the recommended camshaft adjustment at regular intervals will require you to separate the engine from the machine, and deeper scheduled maintenance every four years takes 72 hours.

Expensive? Then let's talk about something cheap, like tires. Compared to everything else, they will cost sheer nonsense: the equivalent of $1900 apiece. So that nothing bursts upon reaching a maximum of 420 km / h, the rubber must be in excellent condition, wherever the car is stored.

So as a preventive measure, it is recommended to change them every 16 months. And yes, if you puncture one tire on the road earlier, then you will have to change the entire set at once. From such a turn of events, it seems that even Ettore Bugatti himself would have skipped a beat.

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Although you can spend twice as much if you purchase another winter kit. Yes, Bugatti also has such tires: the manufacturer recommends the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 model, which, by the way, has a maximum speed index of 270 km/h.

The problem is that at a speed of over 400 km / h, hidden damage can also turn into trouble, microcracks in the metal of the rim, so it is also recommended to change them every 16,000 km.

Different-sized (20 inches in front and 21 inches in the back) disks will have to be replaced with the same brand new “rollers” for $47000. In other words, if Bugatti were car sharing, their wheels would have to be changed about six times a year.

For some reason, Bugatti owners do not use this opportunity - according to statistics, the average Chiron travels less than 2,000 kilometers a year, but still should always be ready for top speeds. So let's move on to the price list.

Calipers from Volkswagen Golf to Bugatti Chiron for some reason also do not fit, and a complete replacement of the front brake system with discs and calipers costs about $47000.

The windshield after a crack from a pebble will cost the equivalent of $56000. Worse, some parts of the hypercar periodically expire (!).

The fuel tank, for example, is recommended to be changed every five years for $42000, of which $20000 is worth the work - to get to any Bugatti part, you traditionally need to disassemble half a car.

Even Garrett turbines (about $6200 each) have a limited resource - but they can be used for up to 15 years before replacement. By the way, there are four of them in the Bugatti W16 engine, and the work to replace them is estimated at $8600. Replacing fuel tanks, oddly enough, will empty your wallet much faster.

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But how to avoid huge expenses? Alas, Black Fridays are not held at Bugatti, but after the first four years, you can get an extended Passeport Tranquillite warranty. And yes, you will have to pay some more money for it!

For just $68,500, you'll get four years of annual service and warranty extensions, although you'll still have to pay for any wear parts yourself. As well as for all sorts of little things like a new set of wiper blades, more than $1600!

By the way, Passeport Tranquillite is inherited and the new owner, if you sold the car or wrote in the will. Comfortable! As well as the car care kit included in the extended warranty package.

Used Bugatti body parts made of carbon and with an unexpected inscription Made in Italy cost from $6200 to $42000.

One way or another, dividing all these expenses by the number of trips on your favorite Chiron per year, and there will be, believe me, a little, you will receive such a stunning amount that even a billionaire will think about the expediency of such a vehicle.

I even knew one of these people. Considering that each gear change on his supercar, including all costs, costs the equivalent of $ 500, he could no longer get it out of his head and enjoy the rides. And although it was not a Bugatti, he still sold the car.


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12 Dec 2022
The new Alfa Romeo Tonale crossover, a relative of the Jeep Compass, which is positioned by the Italian brand as a sports compact SUV smaller than the Stelvio, took part in the next “moose test” of the Spanish portal km77.com.

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale crossover, a relative of the Jeep Compass, which is positioned by the Italian brand as a sports compact SUV smaller than the Stelvio, took part in the next “moose test” of the Spanish portal km77.com. The Moose Test is a test of maneuverability: as part of the races, the test car must dodge sharply, as if an animal jumped into the road, and then return to its lane without hitting the cones. The result is considered successful when the car copes with the task at a speed of 77 kilometers per hour. But Alfa Romeo Tonale was not so fast.

The front-wheel drive Tonale with a hybrid power plant based on the 1.3 MultiAir turbo four took part in the tests. It was a special edition of the Edizione Speciale, the difference of which is 20-inch wheels with Pirelli PZero 235/40 96V Performance tires.

Passing the "elk test" Alfa Romeo Tonale did not impress the experts. Complaints were caused by auxiliary electronic assistants, namely the stabilization system, which turned out to be almost useless. The crossover passed the test at a speed of 74 kilometers per hour, which is slower than the Honda Civic and Nissan Ariya, which passed the test at a speed of 77 kilometers per hour.

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It is worth noting that Alfa Romeo itself intends to compete with Lexus, and Tonale has become the first premium model that should challenge the Japanese brand. In the "welcome" special version of the Edizione Speciale, the crossover costs 39 thousand euros (2.6 million rubles at the current exchange rate), and is equipped with matrix headlights, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a sports steering wheel. In addition to the 131-horsepower setup, Tonale also has a more powerful 160-horsepower option.

And in the US specification for Tonale, an all-wheel drive modification with a 2.0 petrol turbo engine (260 hp) and a nine-band automatic is declared. The Italian crossover will enter the local market in 2023.


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09 Dec 2022
In Japan, the results of the national automobile award 2022/2023 of the year - Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) have been summed up.

In Japan, the results of the national automobile award 2022/2023 of the year - Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) have been summed up. The competition has been held since 1980, and the best of the best are selected by a jury, which includes Japanese journalists and market experts. Contenders for the victory meet two requirements: they all entered the Japanese market between November 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022, and their circulation is at least 500 copies. This season, the most points were awarded to two platform electric kei cars Mitsubishi and Nissan.

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The Nissan Sakura/Mitsubishi eK X EV won with 399 points each. Honda Civic e:HEV/Civic Type R (320 points) and Toyota Crown (236 points) came in second and third respectively. The top five were Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv D 3.3 (141 points) and Nissan X-Trail (84 points).

Suzuki Alto had the lowest score with 28 points, slightly better were Range Rover (30 points) and BMW iX (45 points). The Nissan Fairlady Z was awarded 72 points and the Renault Arkana 70 points. The South Korean electric crossover Hyundai Ioniq 5 was recognized as the best foreign car, its score was 75 points.

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