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Maserati_QuattroporteThis should give every wealthy (and ignorant) car enthusiast pause.

Those expensive cars they’re buying depreciate faster than their stock portfolios during a crash.

On the other hand, it’s nice of them to pay manufacturers full price, hardly use the vehicles for a year or so and then sell to less monied rich people looking for a bargain. Although do you want the beautiful yet flawed Maserati Quattroporte at any price?

What about the Phaeton, Audi A8 or the mighty Maybach now being sold at the ridiculous discount price of $100,000???

These are perhaps mistakes no one should repeat.

Still, it would be cool to pull into the driveway of your $180,000 townhouse in a ride that had an original higher list price.

Read more about the most depreciated rides from Jalopnik here.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.Credit: Wikipedia.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

One of the more interesting ideas we’ve encountered recently as relates to the car of the future.

It may resemble one from the past.

That is, as carmakers were once divided into engine/chassis builders and coachwork companies, they may well find themselves in a similar situation years from now.

According to a writer from Jalopnik, “massive platform simplification by automobile companies, the widespread adoption of full drive-by-wire systems, and the rise of large-scale rapid-prototyping technology” will provide the impetus for the birth of new coachwork enterprises. Or maybe it’s more likely that the big OEs will simply have new coachwork subsidiaries.

Of course, if this were to occur then you may see other automotive-related companies, perhaps even one like Directed or any other number of similarly positioned entities, launching their own cabin specialists with their specific technologies already embedded.

It would revolutionize the aftermarket.

A tantalizing thought!

Read more about the Downton Abbey-style predictions from Jalopnik here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48Pheeeeeeeeew!!!!!

Oh, well thank goodness for those little things.

We’re sure a lot of guys will be relieved to hear that model Jess Barton has recovered the parts to her prized 1000+ horsepower Supra.

Police found a house that apparently was a huge chop shop where most of her disassembled car was identified in different rooms.

We’re happy for her, and for this opportunity to share this pic of the still-intact vehicle.

It’s unfortunate that she and her bikini-clad friend had to block the shot.

Make sure to check it out!

Read more about the bikini-clad stuff and the recovered Supra from Jalopnik here.

(Also, don’t forget, if you got a crazy, souped-up car, get a Viper system on there stat ….)

The Hyundai Genesis, named the 2009 North American Car of the Year.Credit: Wikipedia.

The Hyundai Genesis, named the 2009 North American Car of the Year.
Credit: Wikipedia.

This is a pretty cool video demonstration.

Not that we haven’t seen this technology, but it’s the context that is intriguing.

Video games have been using gesture technology for a while, and Hyundai is incorporating that into cars.

Nevermind smudging touchscreens, pushing buttons or turning dials. Soon that will be a thing of the past.

If carmakers have their way, we’ll be twisting our wrists, waving our hands and pointing fingers so that 3D motion sensors can decipher what our movements are indicating.

Thanks in part to the technology developed by Tobii, we’re all going to look like third base coaches in baseball, making funny signs as we drive — or rather, conduct our automobiles.

Check out full coverage on the crazy hand-gesture driving from Jalopnik here.

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 — nice and pricey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

We suppose some people wouldn’t mind spending a small fortune for a factory option, especially when they can afford an even greater fortune for the car itself, but $50,000 for brakes?

OK, it’s for the R35 Spec-V, but still, that’s a lot of loot.

By comparison the $6,300 for the Bang & Olufsen speakers on the Audi seem really cheap. Likewise for the $2,900 leather door sills on the Panamera.

You have to have that on the Porsche, don’t you?

But none of this, or the rest of the items on Jalopnik’s list approach the breathtaking cost for a carbon finish on a Bugatti Veyron: $300,000.

Eh, but then again, it’s only slightly over 10 percent of the vehicle’s MSRP.

We say nevermind these ridiculous factory options!

Get an aftermarket one that is absolutely essential. Give your car a few IQ points by adding SmartStart.

Seriously. And it won’t shrink your wallet either.

Aaaaaand, if you missed the link above, make sure to check out the full post on ridiculously expensive factory car options here.