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Dubai police buy Mercedes SLS, Bentley GT and ultra-rare Aston Martin

Like a video game come to life, the Dubai police now have a genuine patrol fleet of supercars.

By Clifford Atiyeh May 8, 2013 7:52AM
All those exotic police cars chasing us in "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" used to be the ultimate car game fantasy. Now, it's just another day in Dubai.

This week, the city's cash-rich police force added a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Bentley Continental GT and the super-rare Aston Martin One-77 to its supercar patrol fleet. They're on display at a travel expo all week.

That's on top of the Lamborghini Aventador the department received last month to "enhance its patrolling abilities," as much as a half-million-dollar car with scissor doors and light bars can be taken seriously. For low-ranking traffic officers, there's a Camaro SS. Another pursuit Ferrari FF is strictly reserved for its female officers.

But while the Benz and Bentley are at least $200,000 apiece, they're nothing next to the Aston Martin. As the name says, this ultra-rare coupe is one of just 77 made and cost anywhere from $1.4 million to $2 million each after it debuted four years ago. As far as we knew, they were entirely sold out.

However, when Top Gear magazine tested a One-77 last year at the city's premier exotic-car dealership, the dealership's owner had bought two, including an even rarer Q-Series model.

But even with the Aston's 7.3-liter V12 engine making 750 horsepower, Dubai officers say they're obeying all posted limits with their supercar fleet. "We have never exceeded the speed limit on the highway," Lt. Mariam Al Kaabi told The National.

In a city littered with some of the rarest, fastest vehicles in the world, the police chief has made it clear his supercars aren't for chasing "but for acting classy with people."

We'll see how long that lasts.


[Source: Dubai Police]
77Comments
May 8, 2013 2:54PM
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They didn't buy these cars. You and I did.
May 8, 2013 3:51PM
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Amazing what a little oil can get you...
May 8, 2013 3:19PM
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maybe they could send some money to the red cross in somalia and help the starving and dying families? do they really need exotic police cars? 
May 8, 2013 1:57PM
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I wonder how exactly do the police in Dubai have some a huge sum of money? After all, Dubai has 0% income tax.
May 8, 2013 3:15PM
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What UAE citizen wants to see their police slumming it in Citroens and Opels?
May 8, 2013 4:27PM
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Dubai had to borrow $20 Billion from Abu Dhabi a few years ago.  Dubai has no oil.  The oil is in the other Emirates, like Abu Dhabi.  Dubai has become rich off of the Iraq and Afghan wars, since most non-military personnel and money from all western countries and regional countries travel through Dubai to reach Iraq and Afghanistan; and they enjoy life's pleasures in Dubai, although not to the level of the local sheikhs in white robes.  Dubai also has slums with bars on windows where their imported workforce from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines lives.
May 8, 2013 4:27PM
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Dubai is also Iran's window to the outside world and money.

May 8, 2013 4:29PM
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Idiots. Dubai has no oil resources. They do a ton of business in tourism and ironically business. They have taken bailouts from their oil rich neighbors in the past when the economy **** itself. I do however, think the money could be put to better use.
May 8, 2013 5:45PM
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Dubai is a great place to take a vacation. Americans need no visas and get a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival.

Great city to visit

May 8, 2013 7:12PM
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Where is the surprise? The U.S. have been the Saudis' lackeys since at least '1973. All the past and present government top top thieves are well vested there. We fight their wars and protect them far better than our government  protect us.
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