Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari: When & Where To Watch Supercars In Nairobi For Free [PHOTOS]

A video surfaced on Wednesday, October 18 showing two sports cars, a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Ferrari 458 Italia plying Limuru Road on their way to Village Market in Nairobi

Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari: When & Where To Watch Supercars In Nairobi For Free [PHOTOS]
A Porsche and Ferrari car spotted in Nairobi. /SPOTTERGANG254

For the past few days, Kenyans have been taking notice of exotic vehicles only affordable to the elite and racing enthusiasts in developed countries spotted along Nairobi roads.

A video surfaced on Wednesday, October 18 showing two sports cars, a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Ferrari 458 Italia plying Limuru Road on their way to Village Market in Nairobi, one of the several occasions the sports cars have been turning heads on Kenyan roads.

However, as Viral Tea learnt, the cars bearing foreign number plates are not just in the city for show. They are among a series of exotic cars expected in the country ahead of the first edition of OneLife Safari Rally Kenya set to take place between Nairobi and Malindi from Saturday, October 28 to Saturday, November 4.

The main highlight is the racing cars which will be flagged off from Nairobi on October 28 and make their way through Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo National Parks before cruising to the finishing line at Malindi on November 4, 2023.

A Porsche 911 GT3 parked next to a Ferrari 458 Italia in Nairobi. /GABRIEL TV KENYA

As though that is not enough, the OneLife Rally organisers have staged a public event to be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on October 28 from 1 pm to 7.30 pm which will be a free entry for car lovers.

Viral Tea takes a look at the supercars spotted in Nairobi so far as well as some notable ones on the way:

Ferrari 458 Italia

Kenyans may be familiar with the Ferrari sports car given that its convertible edition was spotted in Nairobi in 2022. Kalasinga, a bigwig on the social media platform, had tweeted at the time “There is a Tanzanian casually driving a Ferrari 458 in Kenya.”

The red Ferrari is hard to miss on the road due to its unique design and sleek appearance.

The 458's base price is Ksh40 million but can reach Ksh70 million depending on the specs. It is a special unit since it’s the last Ferrari powered by a naturally aspirated V8. 

The hand-built engine produces an impressive 562 horsepower without a turbocharger or supercharger. It features a seven-speed automatic gearbox, according to Carsguide and has a top speed of over 325 kilometres per hour, accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in 3.4 seconds.

Porsche 911 GT3

According to Car and Driver, the Porsche starts from around Ksh24 million before taxes.

It features a naturally aspirated 4-litre flat-six engine that makes 502 horsepower. The GT3 accelerates from 0 to 96 km/h in 3 seconds, can attain a top speed of 319 km/hr and has an unusual rear wing mounted at the top instead of the bottom.

The GT3 is also the only 911 that's not turbocharged, and the responsive nature and immersive sounds of its 502-hp 4.0-litre flat-six qualify as inspirational.

"The specialness of the rear-mounted mill is further realized by the telepathic seven-speed PDK automatic transmission or the rewarding six-speed manual," states Car and Driver on its website.

"Thanks to a unique suspension setup and track-focused tire options, the 2022 911 GT3 has a surprisingly supple, albeit firm, ride and incredible steering feel that are just a few of the reasons it's so exhilarating to drive."

Lamborghini Urus

On Sunday, October 22, OneLife Rally shared a video of a Lamborghini Urus Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) being loaded onto a cargo plane bound for Kenya, hours after the car was included among its lineup of cars to feature in the motorsports feat.

One of the world's most expensive SUVs is no stranger to Kenyan roads as a yellow version of the car was first spotted in Kenya a few years back and said to be owned by a local businessman.

The SUV is among many cars said to be owned by Kenyans but registered in neighbouring Uganda. Many people who import vehicles through Tanzania, Uganda and occasionally South Sudan dodge paying huge Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) taxes, which can be as high as the car's price.

A Lamborghini Urus with Ugandan number plates spotted in Kenya on March 5, 2020. /IBK LTD

An orange Urus was spotted in Mombasa on January 16, 2023. The Urus is one of the fastest vehicles of its class in the world and costs around Ksh36 million for the basic trim, while the top-range model goes for around Ksh48 million before taxes. 

The performance-oriented vehicle, the first super SUV by the Italian carmaker, is powered by a Lamborghini twin-turbo V8 engine producing 675 horsepower. This engine is mated to an 8-gear automatic transmission.

Speed is in the vehicle’s DNA, and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and from 0 to 160 in 8.4 seconds. The Urus has a top speed of 305 km/h. 

“The Urus enables you to discover any terrain, from track to sand, ice, gravel or rocks. It is the absolute all-around super sports car and more,” Lamborghini describes the vehicle.

Other cars anticipated to feature in the OneLife Rally include the Porsche Macan GTS, Ford Ranger 4x4, Ford Raptor F150 and Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid with more expected in the days leading to the flag-off.

“ONELIFE Safari Rally isn’t the conventional event as it looks to highlight the massive tourism, agriculture, mining, marine, and so much more potential in our counties and the country at large,” stated Onelife Rally Africa Limited Director and Chairperson of Leopard Point Luxury Beach Resort Antonio Colleluori during a mock flag-off held in September 2023.

“We expect more than 200 supercar fans as well as corporates to join this charitable course as we showcase the rich cultural diversity and economic potential of Kenya to the world."