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OK, I read the study so you don't have to. The mean estimated cost of the yielding cars was $6K (N = 129, SD = 4.7) and the mean estimated cost of the non-yielding cars was $8K (N = 332, SD = 6.5). I feel like this tells us more about the neighborhood observed than the putative behavior of Porsche etc. drivers?
There have been a lot of previous studies on the topic that go into this...I'd say that mean estimated cost is a weird way of looking at it if you aren't controlling for depreciation and type. Is a contractor driving a $50k truck more likely to be a douche than someone driving a 3 year old M3?

The first notable study on this (that the paper cites) had people code the cars into 5 different "vehicle status" buckets based on make, age, and appearance. So a beat to shit '98 mercedes would still end up in low status, and a fully-loaded brand new chrystler pacifica wouldn't end up in the top status despite costing more than a 330i.

The study itself doesn't call out specific makes, but one of the authors is quoted as saying "BMW drivers were the worst"
 

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Just saw this car on the street while I was running. It looked umm ... spectacular ... in direct sunlight but so godawful in the shade. Just like super dirty and sooty for whatever reason. I would never want to do that to my car, but I'm not mad I saw it. This picture doesn't really do it justice - in real life it looked like genuine pave with texture.

 

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Just saw this car on the street while I was running. It looked umm ... spectacular ... in direct sunlight but so godawful in the shade. Just like super dirty and sooty for whatever reason. I would never want to do that to my car, but I'm not mad I saw it. This picture doesn't really do it justice - in real life it looked like genuine pave with texture.


I take your word that it’s better looking in person but it does look godawful in that pic.

it always seems to be the Ferrari and Lamborghini owners with these wraps (tbf, I’ve seen a few McLarens as well). It’s like your car isn’t flashy enough so you have to make it stand out even more against all the other pleb Italian exotics.

I’m not totally hating on it - sometimes it’s meant to be whimsical and some unique wraps can be really interesting - but I do find it a little interesting from a sociological perspective
 

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I've seen some with what appeared to be rhinestones, another with what looked like velvet, a few that were gold or chrome mirror finished, and they all looked terrible. I don't get it, buy a beautiful car and make it look ridiculous?
 

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We’re slowly but surely converting them. Didn’t otc get that blue raspberry GTI?
 

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I'm quite jealous of Mrs. Piob's beautiful red as I've wanted a really nice red for years but DBs don't have one.
 

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Just to be clear, I was using “spectacular” in the sense that it was a spectacle. It’s not something that I desire and obviously it was chosen by the owner to garner attention, much like a candy color car.

I’ve also seem wrapped McLarens but nothing quite like this.

This was interesting to me because it was really eye catching in direct sunlight and unlike anything I’ve seen before in terms of effect.

I think I see things similarly to @HRoi, I wasn’t offended by the wrap but I do question why someone would want the sort of attention you get driving an F car with a rhinestone wrap.

I wish I could find a picture of the thing in the shade.

I take your word that it’s better looking in person but it does look godawful in that pic.

it always seems to be the Ferrari and Lamborghini owners with these wraps (tbf, I’ve seen a few McLarens as well). It’s like your car isn’t flashy enough so you have to make it stand out even more against all the other pleb Italian exotics.

I’m not totally hating on it - sometimes it’s meant to be whimsical and some unique wraps can be really interesting - but I do find it a little interesting from a sociological perspective
 

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I’m guessing that this is an effect of dat Instagram culture. Less than 5k of the billion cars on the planet are Ferrari 488’s, but you go on IG and your car is a dime a dozen. So you feel you have to do stupid shit to stand out
 

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BMW i4 came out decent, though would be interested in EPA range instead...
 

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