There’s no other major city in the world quite like Dubai. Located on the Persian Gulf on the edge of the Arabian Desert, the city has transformed from a small outpost to a major international trade center in a matter of decades. Known as “the shopping capital of the Middle East,” it’s one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and has become a major international tourist destination. With such a high concentration of wealth, Dubai is also home to some of the most mouthwatering supercars on the planet — so many, in fact, that some even turn up abandoned in the desert.
With these impossibly fast dream cars lining Dubai’s streets, how do you keep them from speeding through one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world? The city’s wealth extends to its police force, and it believes that the best way to fight speed is with speed. Sure, police forces in other countries have a few halo cars that are great for promotional purposes, but a list of the Dubai Police fleet reads like a who’s who of supercars.
Used mostly for show, and to patrol the wealthier tourist-friendly areas, Dubai’s Finest have a Porsche Panamera, Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro SS, and even a Bentley Continental GT — and those are some of the least interesting cars compared to the rest of the fleet. Here are 10 supercars that make the Dubai Police fleet the envy of every patrolman in the world.
1. Brabus G 700
When the insane 536 horsepower G63 AMG just isn’t enough, there’s the Brabus G 700. Founded in 1977, Brabus is one of the largest tuning companies in the world. It sold its first car in the UAE in 1979 – the year the Mercedes G-Class debuted. In 2013, Dubai’s finest took ownership of one of the 690 horsepower supertrucks. Of the Dubai supercar fleet, the G700 is the best suited to take things off-road, but it’s doubtful the $230,000 truck sees much desert action.
2. Audi R8 V10
The V10-powered R8 has been one of the best cars in the world since it debuted back in 2008, and the Dubai Police like it so much they bought two. With its 525 horsepower mid-mounted engine borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 can move from zero-to-60 in under four seconds. The Audi’s reputation as one of the few reliable supercars on the planet should come in handy when some of Dubai’s more temperamental cars wind up in the shop.
3. McLaren MP4-12C
The McLaren MP4-12C was the company’s first road car since the legendary 1992-1998 F1. This next-generation McLaren isn’t like the world’s fastest production car like its predecessor, but its 604 horsepower V8 and top speed of over 200 miles per hour make sure that it has no trouble keeping up with traffic. The Dubai Police added one of the British supercars to its fleet in December 2013.
4. Nissan GT-R
With a base price of around $100,000, the GT-R is a bargain compared to some of the other cars in the Dubai fleet. The venerable GT-R has a hand-built twin-turbo V6 putting out 545 horsepower, and a top speed of 196 miles per hour, making it one of the quickest cars in the fleet. The Dubai Police bought its GT-R in the same 2013 shopping spree where they took home the Brabus, one of the Audi R8s, and a Mercedes-AMG S63.
5. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Gull-wing doors aren’t usually thought of as an essential feature on police cars, but the Dubai Police’s use of the SLS AMG might make other departments reconsider. but trick doors aren’t the big Mercedes’ only party trick: with a 6.3 liter, 539 horsepower V8, taking the car from zero-to-60 in 3.6 seconds, the SLS AMG is one of the most no-nonsense supercars in the world.
6. Bugatti Veyron
The Veyron is one of the most recognizable cars in the world, and it’s unquestionably the top dog in the Dubai fleet. The Bugatti spent years as the fastest and most expensive production car in the world, and in 2014, Dubai’s Finest thought it was a good $1.6 million addition to the fleet. Bugatti has since stopped building the Veyron, but with a top speed of 247 miles per hour, there isn’t much on the planet it can’t outrun.
7. Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin has long been famous for building some of the best grand tourers in the world, but the One-77 is a different kind of beast altogether. Built as an ultra-limited run of 77 cars, with a price of around $1.5 million, the One-77 is a carbon fiber-bodied supercar with a top speed of 220 mile per hour. The Dubai police probably wouldn’t want to use the One-77 for PIT maneuvers, but its blinding speed and menacing looks would come in handy in high-speed pursuits.
8. Lamborghini Aventador
Few automakers can rival Lamborghini’s reputation for building the world’s most extreme road cars, and its all-wheel drive Aventador is case in point. Powered by a 691 horsepower mid-mounted V12 engine, the Dubai Police Aventador can go from zero-to-60 in under 3 seconds, and has a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Even lined up against the others in the Dubai fleet, the Aventador is simply one of the most insane cars ever to serve on the right side of The Thin Blue Line.
9. Ferrari FF
Unlike most of the supercars in Dubai’s fleet (and most other Ferraris), the FF is a four-seater. It may have a reputation as one most polarizing looking Ferraris built in recent years, but the all-wheel drive V12-powered car is all supercar. Zero-to-60 comes in just 3.7 seconds, and its top speed is a blistering 208 miles per hour.
10. BMW i8
The i8 is the newest addition to the Dubai fleet, and since its introduction in 2014, the futuristic BMW has been hailed as the future of supercars. With its mid-mounted three-cylinder engine connected to two electric motors generating 357 horsepower, the i8 goes from zero-to-60 in 4.2 seconds, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Compared to some of Dubai’s other supercars, it’s nice to see the Dubai Police buy a sensible car – the i8’s 76 miles per gallon should help the department cut down on fuel costs.
No police department in the world does public relations quite like the Dubai Police. Its fleet of supercars has raised the department’s profile to global levels, and with each new car, the department stays in the headlines for the right reasons. The cars may see little of the daily wear and tear that most police cars endure, but their function is equally as important. Dubai is one of the most wealthy and desirable cities in the word, its unique fleet of police supercars is a reminder of why Dubai is unlike anyplace else on earth.