The Six Best Cars On Kenyan RoadsPosted on 2017-11-06
When it comes to cars and automobiles, always trust Kenyans to impress. The number of high rollers that have been spotted on Kenyan roads are to die for. And unlike in other parts of the world, where swanky cars are owned by only celebrities, here in Kenya corporate honchos, business executives and even politicians are getting themselves noticed on our roads.
Looking at the price tag of these machines can set one into shock not to mention the monthly costs of servicing such a machine. Fuel costs alone could cost an average Kenyan monthly salary. Not to mention the cost of car insurance in Kenya for such a machine. For even the cheapest of these machines, the comprehensive insurance will set you at least KSh 600,000 annually, enough to get you a very reliable
So which are these cars exactly?So which are these cars exactly?
Well, to start us off there is business mogul Chris Kirubi whose mantra is obviously work hard and play harder. The man who has vast interests in manufacturing, real estate and media likes his toys which he doesn’t hesitate to showcase.
The most notable machine in his collection is the Maybach S600 which goes for a whooping 45 million after tax. And it’s worth every penny considering some of the features it possesses. Despite its majestic fascia which comes with an elegantly sporting array of wheels, the vehicle also has outstanding features like a network of radar, camera and navigation technologies which anticipate what's ahead and watch all around you.
From negotiating traffic to changing lanes with a tap of your finger, these systems collaborate to help make travel easier, safer and smoother. Also not to forget air suspension which melds sublime comfort with precise handling. It self-levels for loads, acts to resist body lean in corners, and adapts with every motion of each wheel to take curves, dips and bumps in stride.
Price : KSh 45 million
ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM
Coming in hot behind the Maybach is the Rolls Royce Phantom owned by business man and B Club owner Samia Barry. Just like Chris Kirubi, this is just one car in his distinct collection which consists of other beasts like the Larmborgini murcielago, a Maserati and a Hummer. When his Rolls Royce first hit the Kenyan roads, it was a spectacle to behold as most Kenyans were used to seeing the car in Hip Hop music videos from the likes of 50 Cent and Rick Ross.
As they put it in the company website, the Phantom is an unmistakable aura, a presence that defies time itself and an enduring interpretation of the modern motorcar.
It’s definitely for the sophisticated or those who understand that a whisper can be louder than a shout.
Having been launched in 1925 and now on it’s viii version, it features a version of Rolls-Royce's "pantheon" grille, a long bonnet and rear "suicide doors", which Rolls-Royce label "coach" doors. It also consists a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine with it’s most notable feature being the four wheel steering system. The system turns the rear wheels counter to the front wheels through a maximum of 3° at speeds lower than 60 km/h (37 mph) to improve maneuverability. Between 60 and 80 km/h (37 and 50 mph) there is a neutral period where the rear wheels do not steer at all. At speeds above 80 km/h the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels through a maximum of 1° to increase high-speed stability.
Price : KSh 60 million
ASTON MARTIN DB9 GT
And not only has Kenyan roads witnessed luxury cars but also sports cars. High among these is the Aston Martin DB9 GT which was first spotted sometime in 2015. Mostly known from the popular James Bond movies, it features an ear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system with an All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 5,935cc, V12 engine.
And not only that but also a tracking device, First-aid kit, Trinket tray, Satellite radio system1, Second Glass ECU, Fluted, micro perforated Leather headlining and Leather ECU pouch. All this however doesn’t come cheap. The car goes for a whooping 35 million after tax.
Price : KSh 35 million
There is also the BMW i8 which is owned by Mo Sound founder Kevin Mulei and was the first of its kind to grace our Kenyan roads. A flagship sports car for the BMW range of cars, the BMW i8 can go from 0–100km/h (0–62mph) in 4.4 seconds and has an electronic limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph). The production version of the BMW i8 was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and by 2016 it became the world's top selling plug-in electrified sports car.
With looks that are the stuff of a bedroom poster, including ground-hugging proportions and ‘butterfly’ doors, it’s BMW’s most striking car ever and goes for between 15 and 20 million. Another outstanding feature of the vehicle is it’s sporty design and overall sporty coupe look which is coupled by it’s green motoring credentials.
Price : KSh 15-20 million
There is also the Nissan GTR which is actually a favorite to Jamaican world champion sprinter Usain Bolt. A 2-door 2+2 high performance vehicle produced by Nissan, it was unveiled in 2007 and has since achieved much fame and success on both road and track.
It is a four wheel drive with a twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine and has the signature four round tail lights with a selling price of roughly KSh 15 million. Other specs include an engine with revised mapping, changes to valve timing, larger inlets and a revised exhaust system which boosts rated power to 545bhp and 612Nm of torque from 3200 to 6000rpm.
Price : KSh 15 million
MERCEDES BENZ SLS AMG
Last but not least, there is also the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C197 / R197) is a front mid engine, 2-seater luxury, limited production supercar automobile developed by Mercedez AMG of German automaker Mercedez Benz and was the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed in-house by AMG.
Now officially being sold in South Africa, it’s a favorite to many celebrities including footballer Christiano Ronaldo and Formula one maestro Lewis Hamilton. The SLS AMG is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 197mph. It’s a 7 speed with a dual-clutch semi automatic which is connected to the engine through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in a transaxle arrangement.
Another notable feature of the car is the gullwing doors which enhance your safety in case of an accident. Ten to fifteen milliseconds after a detected rollover, explosive bolts situated at the top of the door frame fire and bell cranks separate the doors from the car for easy exit during a serious accident.
Lastly, this form of German modern engineering doesn’t come cheap, with the car going for a crazy 25 million. Price : KSh 25 million