The exciting range of exotic cars, ranging from Ferraris to TVRs, in Hall 10 at the Auto Africa expo will get your pulse racing and mouth watering.

The exciting range of exotic cars, ranging from Ferraris to TVRs, in Hall 10 at the Auto Africa expo will get your pulse racing and mouth watering.

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti’s 5,7-litre, 12-cylinder, 48-valve engine generates 403 kW at 7 250 r/min, with 588 N.m of torque at 5 250 r/min. The 612 can reach 0 – 100 km/h in 4,2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 315 km/h.

The 612 is fitted with a six-speed gearbox and a choice of manual or F1-style paddle shifts. Developed especially for the 612 is the F1A, an electro-hydraulic system designed to deliver both fast and ultra-smooth gear changes. Active damping and a new stability and traction control system (making its first-ever appearance on a Ferrari) enhance the performance-orientated handling.

The four-seater costs about R3,2 million.

Sharing a stand with the Ferraris are the eye-catching Maserati GranSport and Quattroporte. The Gransport, with its normally aspirated 4,2-litre V8, has a maximum power delivery of 298kW. Combined with a sports exhaust system with twin chrome tailpipes, the Gransport has an instantly recognizable burble.

This car can sprint across a kilometre from standstill in 23 seconds and reaches a top speed of 290 km/h.

The Maserati Quattroporte (Italian for “four door”) saloon is built on a supercar chassis. This super-saloon is fitted with an advanced adaptive damping system to deliver sportscar handling and performance in a luxurious and spacious environment.

At the Quattroporte’s heart is a Ferrari-sourced aluminium-alloy 4,2-litre V8 delivering 294 kW at 7 000 r/min. It is able to reach a top speed of 275 km/h and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5,2 seconds.

Lamborghini’s bright-yellow Gallardo occupies a solitary place on the Sant’Agata stand. It shares most of its interior styling with its big brother, the Murciélago. But where the flagshio is constructed of steel and carbon fibre, the Gallardo is constructed mainly of aluminium.

It has a five-litre V10 engine developed with the assistance of Cosworth. Instead of using the traditional 72-degree V-angle, this block uses a flatter 90-degree layout that allows the engine to sit deeper in the bay, reducing the centre of gravity and achieving better handling.

Yet even with a V10 engine and a all-wheel drive system, the Gallardo weighs in at only 1 430 kg. Producing 373 kW at 7 800 r/min and 510 N.m at 4 500 r/min, the Gallardo reaches a top speed close to 310 km/h. It costs approximately R2,5 million.

TVR displays both the T350C and the Tamora. While the styling on the two cars may be different, much of the underpinning is the same. Both use the 3,6-litre straight six powerplant developed in-house by TVR that produces 261 kW and 393 N.m of torque.

The T350C and the Tamora cost R695 000 and R655 000 respectively.

Several other cars were displayed as well, including the Ferrari 575 M, the Morgan Aero 8, and the Noble range of M400 and M12 and the Lotus Exige.