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5 Sexy Cars You Wish You Could Rent

27 February 2013 3 Comments

If you thought rentals were limited to generic vehicles that are designed just to get from A to B, think again. Luxury cars have become the choice of transport not just for celebrities visiting South Africa, but also for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Whether it’s for a carefully planned weekend road trip, an important occasion where first impressions count, or even just for a day of joyrides in one of the world’s hottest road monsters, these cars show that renting for a day or two is almost as good as having one for keeps.

So what sort of ride can you expect to hire should the need and urge arise? Here are five cars that certainly ensure a rewarding experience on the road (not to mention plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ from passengers and bystanders alike)….

1. Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

With numerous awards, including ‘Best Driver’s Car’ from Motor Trend in 2011, this car oozes power and speed. And with former F1 legend Michael Schumacher having input in the interior design of the car, it is not lacking in sex appeal either.

Whether you’re cruising the coastal roads, visiting the Winelands or heading out for a night on the town, you can get some of that Ferrari awesomeness at just over R30k per day. Yes, that sounds on the pricey side. But can you really put a price tag on making a statement? Go on – picture yourself at the wheel with the open road in front of you. You know you want to.

2. Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Aston Martin DB9 Volante

One of the more ‘affordable’ luxury rentals available at a not-too-crazy daily rate of just over R6k, the Volante is a limited edition ride that was built by hand. Entourage fans may remember seeing Turtle get rather excited over this car in the show, with good reason.

Specs-wise, it has a 6.0L V12 engine, going from 0-100kph in less than five seconds. The Top Gear crew love it too. So much that Jeremy Clarkson once commented, “That’s not really a racing car; that is just pornography.” Without a doubt, a drive in this baby is the stuff that sweet auto dreams are made of.

3. Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder e-Gear

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder E-gear

If you have R20k spare and want to put it to good use, spend it on a day with the Gallardo Spyder eGear. Convertibles are great for South African weather – especially during the hot summer months. With two seats, you may have to choose your sole passenger carefully though. A hot date perhaps, or the person who gives the best bribe?

Key highlights of this ride include the e-Gear transmission, speed of 0-100kph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed (wait for it) of 324kph. Obviously, traffic laws won’t let you get around with putting this speed to the test. But still – pretty impressive stuff. Oh and it has built-in four wheel drive too.

4. Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The Porsche 911 Carrera is already a very hot car. The cabriolet version however takes the heat up a notch, with a remote controlled canvas hood that can be operated on the go at slower speeds – opening and closing in just 20 seconds. This car also has built-in 4wd, along with a torque split that varies from 40:60 front to rear depending on conditions.

There’s also something special about Porsches in general. This car oozes style, but in a more subtle, classy way. Smooth 18-inch alloy wheels and a sophisticated interior make for loads of driving pleasure, while the classic Carrera look turns heads wherever it goes. Typical daily rental rates for a car like this is somewhere around R7.5k.

5. Maserati GranTurismo S

Maserati GranTurismo S

Last but not least, we have the GranTurismo S – one of Maserati’s most drool-worthy releases. Leather seats, anthracite wheels, V8 engine, robotic 6-speed sequential semi-automatic transmission, 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 295kph make this car one of their fastest too.

Top Gear have lots to say about this car. Aside from rating it “the best four-seat sportscar in the universe”, they also hailed its surprising practicality: “Amazingly practical for a car that looks like pure porn. Like discovering a nymphomaniac Page 3 girl that can also cook and enjoys doing freelance accounts.” All of this for just R15k per day.

Other Cool Cars for Regular Folk

Experiencing one of these beasts is totally worth living on baked beans for the next year. And of course, if you have the cash lying around, there should not even be any second thoughts on having a day (or more, depending on just how much cash you have) of living in the fast lane.

But for most people, Maseratis, Porsches and Lambos may be a little out of budget, and hard to pin down to ‘basic supplies’. That doesn’t mean you have to make do with your regular old car for those special occasions. You could go with a decent yet achievable Merc or a nice, good-looking BMW. Hey – what about a very attractive Audi?

The point here is that car rentals in South Africa are not just for tourists and replacement cars when yours breaks down. Give CABS Car Hire in Cape Town a call, and they may just be able to hook you up with the drive of your life!


3 Comments »

  • Chris M said:

    Imagine having a lambo for a day? Holy cow, I don’t know exactly what I’d do, probably try to find the longest road in the Western Cape and just drop it!

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  • Rory said:

    Just another cool option for a tighter budget (or even to make it a more regular affair than 1 day in your lifetime) and probably as much fun.

    I think the main problem when it comes to blowing a bit of cash on renting one of these is the same problem with buying anything upwards of a hot hatch and that’s the question of whether you can really use it.

    Renting for a day doesn’t give you the experience you need to push any of those car anywhere near their limits unless of course you own a similar car, in which case it’s more “research” than a thrill. There’s also of course the market that might rent one “just because” or Avis ran out of Tiida’s I guess.

    But yeah, if you’re like anyone I know and it’s more like 1 day out of a year then the question is what do you actually do with it?

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  • Rose winslet said:

    How can i forget my unforgettable trip to Ireland beaches with my wife ? I am thankful for inspiring me to visit rest of places from the list. But I can’t cover each location so, I will most probably select either own car or rental car.

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