Muscle cars spur lust for speed
ABU DHABI // Salman Khan thinks nothing of driving in excess of 200 kilometres an hour – because he knows he will get away with it.
The Indian expatriate, 26, said he was often tempted to show off when driving his 2013 Dodge Charger.
“More often than most, impatient drivers like me happen to have muscle cars,” he said.
“I have also driven at 210kph between radars on the motorway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai because there are long distances between one camera and the other.
Mr Khan said muscle cars increased the testosterone level of their drivers, causing them to drive at speed.
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“The UAE’s long, wide and well-maintained roads add to rash drivers’ need for speed,” he added.
In Dubai, when drivers of muscle cars have female company, “it is worth showing off”.
Drivers’ lust for speed had led to incidents of road rage, said Mr Khan, adding that he had been guilty of that himself.
“When a muscle car driver confronts another one on the road, things get worse,” he said.
“For example, a guy in front is driving at 100kph in the fast lane on a road where the speed limit is 120kph. That gets us annoyed.
“Otherwise it is usually the younger guys with fancy cars who have attitude problems.
“It is mostly the ones driving muscle cars that cut into queues and leave little spacing.
“I do that too, but quite smoothly and only to save my frustration.”
Updated: March 13, 2017 04:00 AM