Over the years supercars such as a Nissan GT-R, Aston Martin, a Lamborghini, Porsche among others have been specially making their way into Kenyan territory and the latest of the bunch happens to be a Ferrari.
This Ferrari that was reported by Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) along the streets of Nairobi on Friday, January 14 is the 458 Spider, a variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia which sent Car KOT Twitter on overdrive.
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One of the users tweeted that the car was spotted in the country, with its ownership traced to a Tanzanian.
“There is a Tanzanian casually driving a Ferrari 458 in Kenya,” noted Kalamzinga, also one of the country’s car enthusiasts.
A video seen by Viral Tea showed the car being driven around a high-end estate in the city during the morning hours. It prompted other users to take photos of the car which was parked at a popular entertainment joint.
The number plate is inscribed as “Spider”, indicative of the type of car that is easily noticeable due to its sporty appearance.
The 458 Spider was introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The convertible variant of the 458 Italia features an aluminium retractable hardtop which, according to Ferrari, weighs 25 kilograms less than a soft roof such as the one found on the Ferrari F430 Spider.
The hardtop requires 14 seconds for operation. The engine cover has been redesigned to accommodate the retractable roof system.
The Ferrari 458’s body was designed by Pininfarina under the leadership of Donato Coco, the Ferrari design director during 2009. Its interior design was done by Bertrand Rapatel (Director of Ferrari Interior Design), a French automobile designer.
The car’s exterior styling and features were designed for aerodynamic efficiency, producing a downforce of 140 kilogrammes at 200 km/hr. In particular, the front grille features deformable winglets that lower at high speeds, in order to offer reduced drag.
The car’s interior was designed using input from former Ferrari Formula 1 driver and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher; in a layout common to racing cars. The new steering wheel incorporates many controls normally located on the dashboard or on stalks, such as turning signals or high beams.
The sports car goes from 0-100km/hr in 3.4 seconds and official records show that the car can top speeds of 340 km/hr and is powered by a 4,497 cc V8 engine. It has a 7-speed -speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the only mode of transmission available on the 458.
The car, according to multiple car websites, is approximated at Ksh30 million, and that is before one even takes tax into consideration. It has so far been spotted along State House Road, Chiromo Campus and Village Market.
Ferrari in Kenya has been associated with prominent personalities such as Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, who was spotted in a Ferrari California worth Ksh37 million (pre-tax).
Watch the Ferrari being driven in Nairobi: