What are the Lamborghini service costs

Sports cars like the Audi R8 really cost that in terms of maintenance

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ArticleCreated 02/15/2019 3:00 PM Updated 02/15/2019 4:16 PM

Insurance, inspection, depreciation, tires & Co.

In addition to the purchase price of a sports car, there are many other costs that you might not have expected

Anyone who loves fast cars will have the same thoughts when that rare moment comes when a Ferrari or a Lamborghini chases past on the autobahn: “If I only had € 200,000…” Shortly afterwards, common sense sets in . And the sentence is added: "... I still couldn't afford this car." Because, of course, such an exotic must also be much more expensive to maintain. At least that's the prejudice. But, is this really the truth? How much does it really cost to own a Porsche, an Aston Martin or a Maserati?

Sports car insurance like the one for the Audi R8 as fully comprehensive is hard to find

The answer to that is: Finding this out is not that easy. Take, for example, a Lamborghini Huracan 610-4 Coupé. The 5.2-liter V10 costs around € 200,000. The first step is still the most straightforward - determining the vehicle tax. The search mask of the Federal Motor Transport Authority helps with this. It determines the vehicle tax based on the engine capacity (5,200 ccm) and CO2 emissions (290 g / km). In the case of the Huracan, that's exactly € 494. It becomes more difficult if you want to insure the Lamborghini. Here the normal providers refuse. Allianz does not offer any Lamborghinis in its search mask. The selection on the comparison portal Check24 leads the Italian sports car manufacturer - but only the Gallardo, which is no longer manufactured. If you want to insure such an exotic car with sports car insurance, you have to go to a specialist provider such as Helvetia or Assekurati. However, they create their offers individually - it is not possible for them to simply find out more in advance.

Lamborghini Huracan: Insurance only from specialist sports car providers

Fortunately, there are some Lamborghini Huracan owners out there who are open about the cost of running such a car. YouTuber Nico Pliquett has insured his Huracan through Helvetia. The costs: exactly € 4,294.88, with fully comprehensive insurance and a deductible of € 2,500. Of course, this value fluctuates according to place of residence, no-claims class and various other factors - but at least such an approximate tendency can be read off. Pliquett also lists exactly what additional costs arise for the Huracan. It quickly becomes clear: As expected, the costs of a super sports car are also “great” - even if the YouTuber repeatedly assures that it is not that expensive after all.

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Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan: cost of maintenance

The fuel alone cost him around € 4,400 in maintenance for 15,000 kilometers a year. This is of course due to the fact that the Lamborghini with its up to 640 hp is not exactly economical. According to the manufacturer, there are twelve to 14 liters, while the comparable Audi R8 has around 12.5 liters, assuming an economical driving style. But those who value such things are definitely not buying a Lamborghini or other sports car. Therefore, the real consumption and thus the maintenance of the sports car is likely to be a few liters higher. At Pliquett it was 16.9 liters on average. The expensive performance fuels of the filling stations, of course. In addition, there are the costs for the inspections at Lamborghini. Like all of the manufacturer's models, the Huracan has to be serviced every year. Costs: € 1,800 for the small check, € 3,600 for the big one. Assuming nothing needs to be fixed. The mean: € 3,060 per year.

Ferrari F355 spare parts for the sports car

It gets really expensive when parts have to be replaced. The Ferrari F355, for example, is legendary when it comes to spare parts. Actually more of an “entry-level model” from Maranello. The catch: the V-belt has to be changed every two to three years. To get to it, the mechanics remove the entire engine every time. Cost per procedure: € 4,000. Even with the Lamborghini Huracan, the wallet sheds a few bitter tears. A set of tires for the Lamborghini (Pirelli P Zero), for example, costs just under € 1,600. Winter tires, if you want to try your luck with the sports car on ice and snow, are a little cheaper. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, front 245, rear 305, cost € 252.90 per tire.

€ 1,150.80 per month for a Lamborghini Huracan

Compared to a new set of brakes, this is still comparatively cheap. A single brake disc already costs over € 5,000. If all of them are replaced, including the brake pads, an amount of at least € 22,000 can quickly be reached. Including tax, insurance, petrol and inspections, Nico Pliquett comes to an amount of 1,150.80 euros per month. An amount that is higher than, for example, the maintenance costs for a current VW Golf (558 euros according to ADAC), but not as high as expected. However, the ADAC includes the depreciation of the car in its determination. The fact that Pliquett's values ​​come pretty close to the truth is proven by a calculation by the magazine “Auto Motor und Sport”. For an Audi R8 4.2 FSI, they calculated annual maintenance costs of just under € 10,000. If the loss in value is added, that multiplies to € 25,000 p. a. However, there are also special models that can increase in value enormously within a very short time. Examples are the Porsche 911 R or Ferrari 488 pista. They are already sold out when they appear and can only be obtained with a surcharge afterwards. But that is always a little bit gambling-prone.

Bugatti Veyron tires are exorbitantly expensive to maintain

But all of this is nothing compared to what was once the most expensive new car in the world. A few years ago, a document from the US Environmental Protection Agency emerged for the Bugatti Veyron. The requires a list of spare parts prices and workshop costs for the registration of all cars. In the case of the Bugatti, it was a shock. Compared to the Veyron, all other supercars look like rickety boxes from a used car dealer. Even a tube loader costs € 12,100. A muffler: € 10,000. The petrol tank: € 37,200. The most painful thing is a set of tires for the Bugatti Veyron. It costs € 150,000 - with a waiting period of one year. Which is doubly depressing because the British TV show “Top Gear” proved that the Veyron's tires only last 15 minutes at a top speed of 400 km / h. But there is one bright spot: The camshaft sensors come from the Golf IV - and therefore only cost nine dollars. And the added value of this sports car ensures that the maintenance costs don't hurt that much.

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