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.
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.
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
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