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How Would I Protect and Maintain a $150,000 Supercar?

How Would I Protect and Maintain a Supercar?

A few days ago I read an interesting article that quoted a few owners that owned supercars. They basic idea of the article was showcasing owners that aren’t afraid to drive their supercars, and they even get a little irritated by other owners that refuse to enjoy their cars beyond watching them collect dust in a garage or a collection. I thought it was a good read, and it also made me think of what I would do if I was in their shoes. Would I drive a $150,000 exotic sports car or supercar very often if I had one in the garage?


I also recently saw a headline that the Corvette C8 is the new retirement car. What that meant is that those that have made the leap to retirement are celebrating by buying a new 2020 or 2021 Chevy Corvette C8. They are really becoming hard to find at a dealer, and if you can find one on a showroom floor, they probably have a hefty markup. Spending $100,000 on one is pretty easy if you start adding the performance packages too. I’m not ready to retire, nor do I have an extra hundred grand for a limited-edition supercar, but if I did what would I put in the garage. In any case, I’d still maintain it myself. It sounds crazy, but as a Mechanical Engineer by background, I still like to get my hands dirty. It gives me a chance to see how things come apart and go back together. How a machine was assembled, and if I think anything could be done better on the next generation.


With $150,000 purchase price, here are the current models I think I’d enjoy owning and driving:

2021 Chevy Corvette 3LT

I admit the Corvette is still the talk of the internet considering how low you can buy one for before any dealer markup. If I really wanted one, the markup may just be the price to pay to get one in the garage. So what could $100k buy off the showroom floor? For a starting price of $72,000 you can pick up the 3LT model, which is the top option for the 2021 model. It comes standard with the 6.2L direct injection v8 and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Add another $1,000 for Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat on the exterior, and a simple black leather interior. Beyond that you can check the box for the Z51 Performance Package that includes better suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, and Brembo anti-lock brakes. That’s just $6,000, but probably worth it. I’d also opt for the Engine Appearance Package for a little glitz for the $1,000 and the Roadside Package for the $175. That seems a no brainer for safety. I’m not much for shiny wheels, so something chrome isn’t on my wish list. I’d rather have the 19” and 20” 5-trident spoke wheels with silver paint. Less maintenance than a machined finish. On the black interior, you could add the Carbon Fiber trim package for $1,500. The grand total on my C8 is a few bucks under $85,000.


2021 Audi R8

I had initially thought about capping the top price for a car at $100,000 but the Audi R8 starts at $142k. It would immediately be bumped out, but it is definitely on the list. Let’s make it a cool $150,000 list price and see what we can do. The R8 has two colors s base options before you have to start paying extra. The Vegas Yellow offered as a base option is one of my favorites, so we’ll keep it and the 20” anthracite wheels. Again, chrome isn’t one of my favorites. It comes standard with sport seats, but you have the option of diamond stitched full leather package for $5,000. I’ll skip this as it leaves me no room below the cap price I’ve set. I’ll also pass on anything that isn’t black for the interior. Black everything, including stitching, and the anthracite inlays to match the wheels. Once you get to the options screen, that leaves just shy of $6k available. Some of the options will put me over, but I may spring for the LED headlights. They are a stiff $3,500. They may be worth it though to see well at night. There is one option that I’ll definitely pass on. The $1,600 maintenance package. I like to maintain my own cars, and the nearest dealer is hours away. I’d have to make a special day trip just to get the oil changed and tires rotated. A good day of driving, but nothing I couldn’t do for myself. By the time you add the $1,500 destination fee to ship the car to the closest dealer, I’d be looking at $148k for the Audi R8. Not cheap, but a screaming 5.2L V10 would sound good in the garage.


2021 Nissan GT-R

I’ve been a fan of the GT-R since it first came out. I’d had a serious desire for an R33 model after spending time in Japan for the NV Commercial Van development in 2007 and 2009. The car just has history, and I can remember when I first saw the GT-R R35 in person. I was lucky enough to spend a couple different days in Tochigi, Japan at the factory that assembles the GT-R models. I walked the assembly lines and was able to see every step from when the painted bodies come in the Trim section, to the last working station when the drove out of the factory. It never prepared me to listen to the v6 going by for the first time during testing.


The 2021 Nissan GT-R comes in two options. The base model, with the twin-turbo v6 and all-wheel ATTESSA drive, starts at $113,000. The next step is the NISMO package, which bumps the price over $200k. That pretty much signals the base model is the only choice, and we can start to add options until we hit the magical cap. The exterior color options are pretty basic, but the Bayside Blue really calls to me. I’ll keep the black interior and add the special seats. That put the grand total at about $120,000. That’s a lot of car for the dollar.

2021 Porsche Taycan

Yes, I picked an electric car on my list. The previously mentioned cars emit some gnarly sounds from the factory, and the Taycan won’t. Will I miss the throaty v8, the rowdy v10, or the twin-turbo v6? Yeah, probably. If I was going to try my hand at an EV, I think the Porsche Taycan is the only one I’d want to own. The Teslas are pretty nice, but I feel a little bored with them since they are about the only EV anyone wants to talk about anymore. I look forward to the days of serious EV competition, which may be ready to battle it out in 5 years. I recently wrote an article on the maintenance required for an EV. After doing all the research to learn what they do and don’t need for maintenance, I wouldn’t turn down the option to do less for the same amount of driving. The Taycan has great styling, and the headlights are probably the biggest thing that drew me in.


The Taycan comes in four different trim levels. A base model, the Taycan 4S, the Turbo, and the Turbo S. The higher two are above the cap, so that leaves the base model at $80k or the Taycan 4S at a few pennies under $104k. If I chose the lesser of the two options, that leaves me with a lot of room before I hit the retail cap. I can choose a custom exterior color for $1,000, the 20” sport Aero wheels for less than $3k, and keep the basic leather seats. There aren’t many other options I’d want beyond the better battery performance and the fancy LED headlights. That would add another $10k to the cost. I’m not sure I would add too many other creature comforts like 4-way climate control heated and vented seats. If you add those, the total price will be about $100k.

Can AMSOIL Protect My Supercar Investment?

As a local AMSOIL dealer, it only makes sense to keep my potential supercar filled with the best synthetic oils and fluids available today. Think of it as cheap insurance to make sure the supercar can stay running smooth as long as I want to own it. None of the cars listed require specialized fluid, and everything I’d need can be bought off the AMSOIL website.

Here’s what’s available right now:

· Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid

· DOT 3 and DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid

· Synthetic Multi-Purpose Grease NLGI #2

· Passenger Car & Light Truck Antifreeze & Coolant

· Low Toxicity Antifreeze and Engine Coolant

· Power steering fluid

· Air filters

· Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil

Can I Actually Decrease Maintenance Cost with Better Products?

Not everyone is a dealer for AMSOIL, but who doesn’t want to save money on their maintenance cost for their vehicles? You can save by joining the AMSOIL Preferred Customer program. It offers up to 25% off retail pricing, free shipping on orders over $100, other bonus offers throughout the year, and it’s just $20 for a 1 year membership. If you want to order ahead of time on products, a 6-month membership is just $10. Your membership can save you some extra money that can be put in other places to make driving even more fun.


The cars I’ve chosen definitely aren’t the only options out there. I had thought about the Ford Mustang GT500 and the Dodge Charger Hellcat or Demon. They have a horsepower level that’s hard to dismiss. Maserati has a great option, Jaguar could be a contender, and there’s plenty more for the right price. All offer the basic services that can be completed by the DIY mechanic, and not much has to be taken to a licensed dealers and service centers. Most now have an app for your phone that will make scheduling service relatively easy and efficient. If you’re not sure what maintenance strategy will work best for your supercar, contact us for help. Basin Motorsports is your local AMSOIL dealer, and are here to help keep your vehicles and power equipment running smoothly. We utilize AMSOIL products extensively in all of our vehicles and equipment for our working 100-acre farm and motorsports endeavors.

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