Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

Lightning-fast Bugatti Chiron lights up Dubai Motor Show

Supercar Alley at the exhibit will display some of the fastest road cars on the planet

From armoured personnel carriers to luxury sports cars, the 2019 Dubai Motor Show is a petrol-head’s dream.

The international exhibit opened its doors on Tuesday, November 12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with something on offer for everyone.

Dubai Police were keen to show off the latest additions to their fleet of patrol vehicles, including a V8 Bentley Bentayga with a top speed of 290kph.

The Shaman 8X8 amphibious vehicle by American manufacturer Streit is also likely to be a big draw for visitors over the five-day event.

Its 146 horsepower engine and eight-wheels can cope with even the most treacherous driving conditions by inflating or deflating its tyres.

Engaging the rear propeller of the 11-seater also allows drivers to power through flooded streets or even navigate lakes and rivers.

“Self-inflating tyres and the built-in propeller can all be controlled from the dashboard,” said David Kaufman, business development manager at Streit.

“All eight wheels are multi-directional so it is very versatile and can turn in a very tight space.

“There is a UAE market for this vehicle, particularly with the heavy rains recently. It can even be taken into the sea from the beach.”

Meanwhile, police in Ras Al Khaimah are believed to have added the monster Shaman off-roader to its fleet of patrol cars.

The Russian–built all-terrain vehicle is seen as ideally suited for the mountainous lunar landscape of the northern emirates.

At $300,000 (Dh1.1 million) it does not come cheap, but its price tag is still far from the most expensive vehicle on show.

Supercar Alley is also always a favourite at the annual exhibit and this year’s display of speed does not disappoint.

A 2018 McLaren Senna, named after the legendary Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, has a gargantuan rear spoiler, helping deliver a downforce allowing for a top speed of 340kph.

And while that may seem fast enough for most, parked up next to the Senna is an even quicker beast.

The 2018 Bugatti Chiron can hit a top speed of more than 400kph, and is also named after a previous racing great.

Bugatti’s factory driver Louis Chiron was one of the fastest drivers in pre-Formula One history.

Ulugbekhon Maksumov, chief executive of Inkas armoured luxury cars, said his firm had brought customised vehicles built to protect presidents and VIPs.

“We are upgrading normal vehicles to weld ballistic steel onto the cars to make them bomb-proof,” he said.

“There are many different specifications. Security companies in the UAE will request cars that can withstand normal ammunition.

“In other parts of the world, our clients ask for vehicles that can withstand armour piercing bullets and grenades.

“Our market is concentrated in the UAE and the Middle East, but we deliver cars to all over the world [including] embassies and military departments.”

Updated: November 13, 2019 12:11 PM

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