- These cars are the Dom Perignon of automobiles.
- They cost as much as a block of flats- or a government allocation to a county water project.
It was former Leeds United goalkeeper John Lukic who described Monaco, that idyllic billionaires’ playground south of France as a “place for the haves and the have-yachts.”
In Monaco, being a mere “have” is not enough; You must have a yacht to be considered truly wealthy. In Kenya, the premium vehicle segment is no much different. There are cars that separate the haves from the have-Bentleys.
Whilst Passo-driving plain Janes will swoon over a used Mercedes C-Class, there’s a truly moneyed category of motorists whose cars are the Dom Perignon of automobiles.
To put the cost in perspective, one logbook can get you a block of flats in Kasarani. In 2020, the government allocated KSh50 million for water provision in bandit-prone Laikipia County. Kenya Breweries last May donated KSh45 million to the Kenyan team heading for the Olympics.
But you will only remain with some loose change if you buy a Bentley Bentayga W12, the most expensive car in Kenya today.
Bentley Bentayga W12: Price- KSh43million
This is a story of two “Bens”- BENtley and BENtayga. It is the first SUV by the British premium car maker. Though based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that’s found on the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg, BB is a byword for bespoke luxury. It is powered by a 600 horsepower twin-turbo W12 petrol engine that delivers blistering performance and wafts better than Aladdin’s magic carpet.
Mercedes BENZ G63 AMG: Price- KSh43 million
Start this car and rev its engine inside an enclosure and social media fame wh*res will start fiddling their phone to tweet, “Breaking News: Tremors felt…..”. Why? The rumble of its twin turbo V8 engine can stir movement of earth’s tectonic plates! Hyperbole, yes….but you get the drift. With its 580 horses, the G63 oozes more masculinity than Thor, and is more intimidating than an eastern European criminal with a loaded Kalashnikov.
Mercedes Benz Maybach: Price- KSh40 million
This stately limousine offers the cream of Mercedes benz 125 years’ knowledge of building luxury vehicles. Engineered to give the owner unrivaled comfort and peace of mind, in an atmosphere similar to what you would find in a fancy middle-eastern business class aircraft.
The Maybach comes powered by a choice of powerful V12 and V8 engines, enough to deliver 600 horsepower and impressive acceleration times of 4.5 seconds from 0-100km/h. Inside the name of the game is space, individual captain seats are fully reclinable, lined with the best Oxford leather trim. For unwinding purposes, the seats come with seat massage function to improve blood flow.
RANGE ROVER SVA AUTOBIOGAPHY: Price- KSh30 million
The Range Rover represents the best in British SUV know how, straight from the Land Rover family. Its advanced unibody construction makes it have a strong monocoque structure, improving safety and enhancing off-road capabilities.
It is powered by several engines starting with the efficient 3.0L V6 twin turbo diesel to the potent 5.0L V8 supercharged petrol engine with over 500 horses. Power sent to the 4 wheels via am 8 speed auto paired to Terrain Management system 4-wheel drive unit.
MERCEDES BENZ GLS 580: Price- KSh26 million
Based on the S Class platform, the GLS 580 offers the space and sumptuousness of the S Class while able to do some light off-roading. Under the bonnet lies the famous 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 that propels this mighty SUV all the way to 250 km/h. Inside you can expect the same level of luxury as with the S-Class and it’s got all the nanny aids to ensure you remain safe on the road.
LEXUS LX 570: Price- KSh23 million
This is the more expensive and upscale version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. It has attracted a decent chunk of premium customers due to many factors including its massive hexagonal grill and chrome bits that speaks presence.
The LX570 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser LC200 series platform that is powered by a 5.7L V8 petrol engine, delivering huge doses of power and torque, spread to the four wheels’ courtesy of a 6-speed automatic transmission, paired to a full-time four-wheel drive hardware. The car is only available on order.
BMW X7: Price- KSh20 million
Currently the icing on BMW’S premium vehicle line up. This massive SUV is built on the 7 Series luxury Platform and looks like an enlarged X5 with its massive ‘kidney grill’. Underneath its powered by a choice of V8 petrol and inline six diesels that propel it from naught to 100km/h in under 5 seconds. You will definitely experience the BMW trademark driver-centric handling with the additional X-Drive four-wheel drive system for added traction.
Inside the cabin is plus and line with the best BMW Leather Alacantara trim as standard. Though purchase price starts at KSh20 million, it can go up after customization to meet your taste and preference.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S: Price- KSh18 million
If you’re looking for the ultimate high performance SUV in the market, the Cayenne Turbo S should be on your preferred list. Based on the MQB platform it shares a lot of characteristics with the Lamborghini Urus and Audi Q8, but a special touch by the Porsche engineers make the Cayenne Turbo S hotter than scotch bonnet peppers!
Propelled by a potent 4.0L V8 twin turbo it churns close to 600 horses on full beans and handling characteristics are second to none. Traditionally Porsche interiors are the best from the GermanTeutonic 3 and quality is guaranteed to the customer.
Land Rover Defender: Price- KSh13 million to KSh17million
The British icon has been reincarnated for the 21st century, new design theme that echoes the explorer spirit of the past and focuses on the tech savvy future of the SUV. Built on a brand new scalable architecture platform, the chassis is 50% stiffer than the last generation plus the incorporation of the next generation Ingenium four and six cylinder engines enhances its capabilities. Land Rover have developed the very latest 4×4 hardware that makes off-road excursions pleasant. Prices varies with spec levels.
NISSAN PATROL Y62: Price- Sh12 million
Nissan’s mighty Y62 offers similar levels of comfort and capability as its rivals. It comes with a powerful 5.6L naturally aspirated petrol engine capable of producing 400 horsepower and 560Nm of torque, sent to the four wheels via 7-speed automatic attached to full-time four-wheel drive hardware.
The cabin is equally spacious and practical, with up to 7 seats where you can fold them in case you don’t need them. Plenty of technology inside including advanced height control, suspension set up by NISMO and crawl functionality. In terms of safety it comes with multiple airbags and nanny aids like ABS and Vehicle Stability Control.
That KSh12 million price tag comes with a 3 year/100,000KM warranty.