Named after the diamond in Britain's Crown Jewels, the Cullinan come with a $325,000 price tag as well as an estimated $5,000 gas-guzzler tax
And while this may not seem germane to a high-performance car like the Shelby GT500, it has an EPA-projected 23 mpg highway and 15 mpg city, which is not only better than the 2010's numbers (22/14 mpg), but make it the first modern Shelby not liable to the gas-guzzler tax
. Not all of the fuel-efficiency performance is a result of the engine.
In the United States, a car such as the S63 AMG is freighted with a $3,000 federal gas-guzzler tax
at new-car purchase.
(Light chassis plus monster engine equals fearsome power, get it?) Design smarts and engine efficiency allow the Z06 to beat the gas-guzzler tax
sometimes tacked onto the price of high-performance cars.
Bush's first major tax law included numerous energy tax incentives: (1) for conservation (and deficit reduction), the law increased the gasoline tax by 5 cents/gallon and doubled the gas-guzzler tax; (2) for oil and gas, the law introduced a 10% tax credit for enhanced oil recovery expenditures, liberalized some of the restrictions on the percentage depletion allowance, and reduced the impact of the alternative minimum tax on oil and gas investments; and (3) for alternative fuels, the law expanded the [sections]29 tax credit for unconventional fuels and introduced the tax credit for small producers of ethanol used as a motor fuel.
on gasoline gas-guzzler tax $1,000-$7,700/ vehicle (FY2005) weighing 6,000 lbs.
If you purchase a car that gets less than 22.5 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway, you could pay a gas-guzzler tax
of as much as $7,700.
Not only are light trucks afforded lower CAFE standards--allowing manufacturers to build bigger, heavier vehicles--but they are also allowed to spew more smog-causing nitrogen oxides than cars and are exempt from the federal gas-guzzler tax
The S500 begins at $79,445 (including the $1,000 gas-guzzler tax
) and can still see many thousands more in options.
Priced at $97,400 for the sedan and $111,900 for the coupe with gas-guzzler tax
included, and weighing in at 4,830 pounds for the sedan and 4,785 for the coupe, the S500 is one massive hunk of automobile.
(25) Timothy Pritchard, "Gas-guzzler Taxes
Fuel Row," The Glooe and Mail(April 13, 1992).
Yet the CL500 will reward those who have the $85,500 to $90,920 (including gas-guzzler taxes
) to invest and the time to learn its complexities with incredible performance and style.