As a new video teasing the soundtrack of the UAE-built Jannarelly Design-1 hits the interwebs, our man considers why the new $50,000 may prove good value for your money
The more you look at it, the more you find nuances, lines and little things that you will like. At least that’s how hours of staring at the Jannarelly Design-1 impacted me.
A few weeks ago, a relaxed morning was spent over coffee and breakfast soaking in the lines of Anthony Jannarelly’s latest creation which was conceived, designed and built right here in Dubai, as well as launched in the region almost one year ago. If that name sounds familiar, you probably know Anthony from his previous work on the Lykan Hypersport and Fenyr Supersport from W Motors. Before you say it looks like a Cobra, please refer to your history books and search for ‘Testarossa’, the real one and not the one Tubbs and Crockett used to thrash around Miami Keys in the ‘80s.
Inspired by the 1950’s V12 Ferrari Testarossa, the Jannarelly is a usable weekend toy for a number of reasons. Plus, at around $50,000, it’s not out of everyone’s league either.
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Power comes from Nissan’s 305bhp, 3.5-litre V6 mounted to a six-speed manual gearbox that sits behind the driver’s head. The body meanwhile is mostly fiberglass, meaning both the bodywork and drivetrain are good for reasons of practicality. It means it can be serviced by any Nissan dealer anywhere in the world, it should be reliable and an everyday driver and if you do track it and rough it up, fiberglass is cheaper and quicker to repair than carbon fibre. The CF is left for decoration.
Also, since it weighs just 710kg, the Design-1 will apparently hit 100kmh in four seconds flat and top out at 220kmh. All while chucking out the above soundtrack. Where do I sign?