- Jan 29, 2014
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Yes, the replacement cost does seem a tad excessive. But that is often the case with brand-new tech, and especially during the warranty period. It's an accounting game. Having very high prices on parts while they are still under warranty allows the manufacturer bigger write-downs for warranty claims.BUT, @ a replacement cost of an additional $8,750 (USD) for the Tungsten Carbide brakes over the standard option, I'm not sure that it's worth getting an extra 30% wear!!
In addition, it would not surprise me to see this tech filter down to more pedestrian cars in the future. Remember when Airbags and ABS were only available on ultra high-end cars?
I would love to have brake rotors that don't rust. Of course motorcycles have used stainless steel rotors "forever", but they're terrible in the rain; the initial "bite" when they're wet leaves much to be desired.