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Juliet McGuire

4 sports cars in South Africa you want to know about

This one is for my true petrol heads. Wait, I take that back, this one is for any of you who love sports cars. And who doesn’t, really? I don’t think you need to be a petrol head to love Porsche, for example. And in fact, I have many friends who aren’t interested in cars at all…until I rock up in something like a Mercedes-AMG C63 that is.

Four sports cars have snuck in to South Africa recently and I wanted to keep you in the loop. So here we go:

PORSCHE 718 SPYDER & 718 CAYMAN GT4

For the first time ever, the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 share a technical base, which includes the newly developed four-litre, six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, combined with a six-speed manual transmission.

What does that mean? It means that the boxer engine generates 309 kW and 420 Nm of torque. Both these manual transmission sports cars break the 300 km/h barrier. And both will get you to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.

Porsche 718 sports car

Whilst the GT4 represents the entry-level GT road model from Porsche, the Spyder is geared towards open-top, dynamic driving on curvy routes. Both rely on highly efficient aerodynamics, a full GT chassis and powerful brakes. 

If you’re interested, you’ll have to pop in to your nearest Porsche dealership to find out how much each of these will cost you. Pocket change, I imagine.

LEXUS RC F & RC F TRACK EDITION

Lexus RC F sports car

The revised Lexus RC F range is officially available for the first time in South Africa. Lexus says, the range is all about “race-bred styling meets head-turner”. I like the sound of that. Car enthusiasts have an option of two model choices, namely the RC F and RC F Track Edition.

Just when you thought you wouldn’t get quicker than the Porsche 718s, I am here to blow your mind. These beasts are powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine giving you 351 kW and 530 Nm of torque. That means you’ll get to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. Although the top speed is a lower 270 km/h. Um…but still, who the hell goes 270 km/h anyway? If you do, you are a criminal…just by the way.

Lexus RC F sports car

The entry price of the RC F is R1 318 300, while the faster RC F Track Edition is priced at R2 098 200. Chump change!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

Just kidding, I don’t have any more sports cars to tell you about, but I will be able to tell you about a few new cars arriving in the next couple of weeks. Just don’t expect the same kind of power outputs, ok? Or maybe…expect more. Jokes again! I am on a roll here! Best I leave you then.

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