Despite the continued crunch on new vehicle sales in South Africa in 2016, for some buyers, money is no object – as some figures published by Naamsa indicate.
South Africa has seen the launch of several luxury SUVs into the market over the past several months, including the Jaguar F-Pace, and Bentley’s Bentayga.
The latter is by far the most expensive SUV in the country to date, priced at R4 million. But despite its heft price tag, the car which can be purchased in Joburg exclusively, sold seven units in August alone, and has offloaded 13 in total.
The Bentayga features a 6.0-litre W12 that produces 447kW (600hp) and 900Nm of torque.
It goes from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 301km/h.
Bentley said the cabin of the car is as impressive as its performance, finished with wood, leather, and fine metal.
Standard features include an 8-speed automatic transmission with permanent all-wheel drive, and infotainment centre with Wi-Fi connectivity, and air suspension.
Jaguar’s new F-Pace SUV meanwhile, went on sale in July, with 52 units sold in August, according to Naamsa.
The manufacturer’s “most practical sports car” comes in a range of petrol and diesel models, with the entry-level F-Pace packing a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 132kW.
Starting at R776,800, the F-Pace competes against the likes of Audi and BMW in South Africa. The brand has 10 models on sale including the following:
- 2.0 I4D Diesel 132kW Pure – R776,800
- 3.0 TDV6 Diesel 220kW First Edition – R1,218,100
- 3.0 S/C Petrol 280kW S – R1,191,100
- 3.0 S/C Petrol 280kW First Edition – R1,321,000
Range Rover has also just started taking orders for the Range Rover Evoque Convertible in South Africa.
The 2.0 Litre Si4 Petrol Automatic (177kW) boasts the following specs:
- Power: 177 kW
- Torque: 340 Nm
- Maximum Speed kph: 209
- Acceleration 0-100 kph in 8.6 seconds
- CO₂ emissions g/km: 201
The price: R1,002,400
The closest SUV to the Bentley in terms of price is the Range Rover SVAutobiography, the much bigger and more refined brother of the Evoque, which starts From R3,442,000
The SVAutobiography LR-V8 Supercharged 5.0 Litre Petrol delivers 405kW/680Nm.