If you’re a gearhead then surely you’ve heard how Dubai is becoming the supercar capitol of the world. With its oil rich citizens the standard cars you see driving around will be BMW, Mercedes, Audi vs the regular Toyotas, Hondas, etc that we’re used to. About as often as we see a BMW here in the states is about how often the people in Dubai see cars like Lamborghini or Ferrari. It’s not terribly uncommon to see million dollar cars like a Bugatti Veyron driving around either. But what really catches your eye is when you see high-level performance cars with Police lights and markings on them. I can’t think of a cooler way to get pulled over, if you are going to get pulled over, then by a Lamborghini Avendator.
Back in 2013 the city of Dubai decided to make yet another tourist attraction out of showing off the wealth of the area, and that was to create a fleet of Police supercars. Starting off with a 700hp all-wheel drive Lamborghini Aventador, they tested the public’s perception and when they got positive feedback they decided to pick up a Ferrari FF to have something slightly more practical seeing as how the FF had four doors. We think at this point it started to become fun for someone over there because then they added two more cars, the SLS AMG and a Bentley Continental GT. Not just any Conti GT either, this was the W12 edition that is even more rare and expensive than normal.
Their next purchase was on a whole other level. We figure one of the bosses must have wanted something that would rule all other cars in the fleet because they coughed up over $1 million to pick up the Aston Martin One-77. There were only 77 of those cars built and now one of them is wearing a police uniform. After that it appeared as if maybe they had slowed down on the crazy car purchases when they bought a new Chevy Camaro for their next addition to the fleet. Now granted the Camaro is nothing compared to the Aston, but yet it’s still a lot cooler then most of the cop cars running around the rest of the world.
Boy were we wrong to assume they had slowed down. After the Camaro was introduced to the fleet, the Dubai Police Chief, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, sent out a tweet that showed him standing next to a Bugatti Veyron sporting the dark green and white police Livery that all the rest of their vehicles have. Turns out that picture was just a rendering, but they did later add a Veryon to their arsenal.
Many people have asked silly questions like “why would they do that?” And really the best answer would be followed up by another question. “Why not?” If you have the money they why not enjoy yourself. One thing the Dubai PD is quick to point out is that these cars are not intended to be used in high-speed chases or transporting prisoners, but more as a slight tourist attraction. You will see these cars patrolling around some of the more famous tourist hot spots like the Burj Khalifa. It was Reported the main reason for starting the supercar fleet is to add to the Dubai atmosphere and to continue to bring tourists long after the oil is gone.
There have been so many new vehicles added to the fleet in the past 3 years, it would almost be easier to name the cars that they haven’t made into police cars. But my all time favorite would have to be either the Aventador or the new Porsche 918 that they have recently added.