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Brembo makes performance brakes for GM trucks and SUVs because nothing matters

Stop right there, thank you very much.

1y ago

The car market has had some odd trinkets over the past few decades. The Pontiac Aztek comes to mind, complete with its Pontiac branded air mattress and tent. The AMC Gremlin Levi's Edition with denim interior is also the kind of thing that I'm talking about. These examples show that the automotive market puts out some really, really weird things that will eventually become loved through the magic of nostalgia.

The streak of stupid decisions that will eventually be loved by reminiscing masses stops in 2019, however, and it stops in a big way.

Brembo recently showed their newest big brake swap kit at SEMA this month with the audacity to bring out a big brake kit for GM full size trucks and SUVs. That's right, you can now put gigantic, red Brembo monoliths over rotors the size of Iceland so you can finally take the youth group's Tahoe to your local track day.

Photo: Brembo

Photo: Brembo

Brembo says that the pads are almost twice the size of the stock units, while the rotors are nearly 50% larger than the factory parts. Stopping is important, and I'll be the first to admit that I'd rather have too much brake than not enough, but let me explain why I think this upgrade is beyond silly.

The Bigger Problem

Sports cars are fun. You can drive them on some back roads, have fun at a track day, and just generally smile in your generally purpose built machine. You don't need it to pick up lumber or haul your kids' scout pack to camp in the car because you're smart enough to have a second car for boring daily tasks like this.

But recently, car buys have determined that they should only have one car and it should do everything. So congratulations, America. You threw away your Fiesta ST and your honest pickup trucks in exchange for your $75,000 behemoth SUVs and trucks that are sold as "sporty" just because somebody slapped leather and 450 horses into a chassis with the refinement of a wheelbarrow. Good job, Frank.

I'm aware that this is a ridiculous tangent for a brake announcement.

Photo: Brembo

Photo: Brembo


Ok, I've calmed down. Getting back to the new Brembo brake kit and facts, a quick search of the ACDelco part numbers says that the kits cost - [checks notes] - over $2500 for front brakes.

Astonishing. Amazing. I'm flabbergasted. After paying insane prices for silly vehicles of compromise, you're being asked to fork out another hefty sum all in the name of trying to make your rolling post codes more sporty.

Final Thoughts

[The author has left to spray paint "Bring Hot Hatches Back to America" on the side of Ford HQ]

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Comments (21)

  • While I too can appreciate the sportiness and nimbleness of a hot hatch or sedan, I think Europeans assume this is the end-all-be-all for cars because that is all they have. Narrow streets, oppressive emissions laws, taxes, and fuel prices will definitely Sully your opinion of the big American tankers we drive. Speaking as an American who has spent time in Europe and owns both hot hatchs and full size pickups, I think they are both great vehicles. The fact that America has wide roads, lots of space, and low fuel prices allows us to go big with our vehicles. And let me tell you having a big truck with a ton of space and 500hp is an absolutely beautiful thing. Sure we'll throw upgraded brakes and suspension packages on them and they may not be the most nimble, but America is a big place so there are plenty of opportunities to have fun going straight. The moral of the story is that since WW2 nothing has really changed with the way Europe and America do cars. We have space, money, and relatively unoppressive governments so we build em big and oppulent. Europe is cramped, taxed, and doesn't have the same natural resources so you drive tiny little go carts and occasionally you'll find one that's fun ( there are far more miserable little ones on the roads than fun ones).

      1 year ago
  • That wasn't a tangental rant. IT NEEDED TO BE SAID.

      1 year ago
  • So you don't hate the brakes, you hate the idea of "sporty" non-sporty vehicles.

      1 year ago
    • YES! You got the idea. I'd give you a hundred bumps if I could.

      Dramatically writing this was just a fun way of saying "Brembo made some brakes" but you read and got the actual message.

        1 year ago
    • It sounds more like you're an inexperienced driver.... as a Canadian I've seen many trucks be just as nimble as WRX's, GT-Rs, and all your best hot hatches, I don't have a shugging emoji but I certainly need one. Also, these brakes will be very...

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        1 year ago
  • I drive a 2 ton lifted, modified and souped up Jeep. I need bigger brakes to make sure I don’t stop halfway through the backseat of the car in front of me.

      1 year ago
  • Better brakes are offensive now ??

      1 year ago