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The coolest supercars we do not get in South Africa

We have many a Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and Aston Martin cruising around South Africa.

We even have a few Pagani models rolling around.

And while local car buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking their dream car, there are many high-end models which have not made their way to the country.

Five of these cars are detailed below.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato range in 2016, which consisted of four body styles – coupé, convertible, speedster, and shooting brake.

A total of 325 cars were built between them all.

If you want to get your hands on one, expect to pay in excess of R10,000,000 for the least-sought-after model.

A “shooting brake” is hardly ever considered a supercar – but with a 432kW V12 engine, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato reaches 100km/h in under 4 seconds and can reach speeds of over 300km/h.

A formidable price tag of $899,131 (R13,190,000) was attached when it was still new.

Bugatti Divo

Every unit of the Bugatti Divo was sold out before the cars were ready to drive – at an eye-watering price tag of $6,000,000 (R87,850,380).

That being said, even if one of its 40 units were made available to the South African market there are very few people who would actually have been able to afford it.

The Divo took inspiration from the original Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic in terms of design, and it was built on the Chiron platform as a special derivative.

The 8.0-litre W16, quad-turbocharged engine produces 1,103kW and sends the Divo to 100km/h in 2.4 seconds

Koenigsegg Jesko

The Jesko is Koenigsegg’s “megacar” and it has the credentials to back that up.

The Jesko assumed the mantle of the headlining, track-focused, road-legal car for the brand, and produces 1,193kW out of a 5.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine.

That is, if it has the correct fuel in.

This megacar accepts two types of fuel, and produces two levels of output depending on which one you put in.

The less-powerful fuel provides a substantial 955kW to play with and a revolutionary 9-speed “Light Speed Transmission” sends the power to the rear wheels.

At high speeds, active rear-wheel-steering provides more dynamic handling characteristics, and advanced aerodynamics offer over 1,000kg of downforce.

A price tag of $2,800,000 (R40,996,844) was given to each Jesko, and only 125 units will be assembled.

Pininfarina Battista

This vehicle comes from the same man whose name can be found on several Ferrari models.

The all-electric Pininfarina Battista was unveiled in 2019, and was manufactured as an ode to the company founder and famed car designer, Battista Farina.

It is powered by a 120kWh battery pack and has four individual motors – achieving a combined power output of 1,400kW and 2,300Nm of torque.

The 0-100km/h sprint is done in less than 2 seconds, 0-200km/h in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of 350km/h is available.

A range of up to 450km assures practicality, too.

Each vehicle costs $2,500,000 (R36,604,325) and only 150 units will be produced.

SSC Tuatara

SSC is a relatively new auto manufacturer from the US, and unveiled the Tuatara as a concept in 2011.

In 2020, the Tuatara claimed a production car top speed record of over 500km/h – but this was quickly revoked as no impartial third party was able to verify the results.

On 27 January 2021, however, the Tuatara reached a one-way top speed of 460.4 km/h and a two-way average of 455.3 km/h over the course of 3.7km in Florida.

The run was verified with multiple satellite tracking systems from Racelogic, Life Racing, Garmin, and IMRA.

In order to achieve this, the Tuatara received an engine capable of accepting two types of fuel – standard and bio.

At its maximum it produces 1,305kW and 1,735Nm of torque from its V8, twin-turbocharged 5.9-litre engine.

Only 100 units of the SSC Tuatara will be built, each one with a price tag of $1,600,000 (R23,426,768).

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