The Middle East is home to some of the richest people in the world. These people are not afraid to make it rain and many of them own some of the rarest vehicles on the planet. Don't be surprised to see a Cheetah in someone's passenger seat when you are stuck in traffic in Dubai.
Oil money has allowed some of the royals to live like true kings. They will spend on anything exotic, from luxury cars to animals. According to Car and Driver, Dubai has become a prime market for luxury vehicles.
There are a lot of people who are willing to spend on exclusive and limited edition cars. Just a few years ago, Dubai was one of the most expensive places to live. It was hit by the economic downturn and the city is still recovering.
Dubai is a haven for expatriates, as it is a tax-free country. That means people who live there have access to more of their income than those in many other countries. The prices for exotic cars are also not as exorbitant as in Europe and in North America. Dubai is also one of the only places in the world where you can find a $500,000 car abandoned in the desert.
Be careful, as you may experience serious culture shock as you gaze upon these 20 sick cars that were spotted in Dubai.
20 Aston Martin DB9
The Aston Martin DB9 was first launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003 and was in production until 2016. According to Wikipedia, the Aston Martin DB9 was received well by car critics, most praising the exterior aesthetics and the interior comfort.
The DB9 shared the same platform as the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Under the hood, you could get a 5.9-liter V12 engine which could produce up to 510HP. The car had a top speed of 183 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The car has since been replaced by the DB11, but it has to be one of the finest from the 2000s. It's not a huge surprised to see a customized version like this one on the streets of Dubai.
19 Devil Sixteen
This is one of the first supercars to be fully produced in Dubai. There are not many street-legal vehicles in the entire world that can reach a top speed of 320 mph, but this is one of them.
According to Road and Track, the Devil Sixteen was made by a car startup in Dubai and they are definitely rewriting the rules about how a supercar should look.
The Devil Sixteen might not stand the test of time, but a lot of work clearly went into producing it. According to Road and Track, It comes with a quad-turbo V16 engine which can produce up to 5,007HP. These numbers might sound exaggerated but they have been verified.
18 Bat Mobile
The Batman franchise has fans all over the world and some of them happen to be billionaires living in the Gulf region. Money can buy you almost anything you want, even a vehicle from a superhero movie.
The Batman Tumbler Bat Mobile went on sale with an asking price of $1 million in 2015. According to Arabianbusiness.com, the Bat Mobile has a 5.7 -liter V8 engine which can put out 500HP.
The doors are fashioned to open like a Mercedes-Benz SLS. The owner is reported to have gotten responses for the car from the US, Switzerland, Germany, and France. The car is engineered in such a way that the front part raises the speed.
17 Solid Gold Lamborghini
This car was estimated to cost $7.5 million in 2013. The base model is a Lamborghini Aventador. According to MotorAuthority, the car was put up for auction with $650,000 of the proceeds going to charity. The Lamborghini has long been considered a symbol of wealth. These cars usually don't come cheap and you must have a lot of money to buy and maintain one.
The problem arises when you are very wealthy and you want to distinguish yourself from other Lamborghini owners. The owner of this Lamborghini Aventador decided to curve his with 1,100 pounds of solid gold. It was a custom project that was done by Lamborghini. According to BBC, the car was meant to be the most expensive car in the world.
16 Lykan Hypersport
This is another limited edition sports car that was manufactured by Lebanese company W Motors from 2013 to 2016. What makes this supercar especially rare is that there were only 7 units built during the three year stint it was in production.
You can always expect such limited editions to find their way to the Middle East because of the extremely wealthy people's appetite to for exotics and collectibles.
According to Wikipedia, the Lykan Hypersport was the first car ever to be produced with headlights embedded with jewels. The car was sold for $3.4 million when it launched making it the 3rd most expensive car in history. Under the hood is a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine which can produce up to 780HP.
15 Lamborghini Veneno
There were only five of these bad boys to be ever produced and as always, you can expect one to be spotted on the streets of Dubai. The car was first unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in 2013. According to Wikipedia, Four copies sold out as soon as they were announced.
The Lamborghini Veneno had a price of $4,500,000 when it launched which, again, makes it one of the most expensive cars ever.
In terms of performance, the Lamborghini Veneno has a 6.5-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 740HP. The car has a top speed of 221 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.
14 McLaren 650S
McLaren is a popular brand with the Middle East's elite. It has everything to do with the company's pedigree in motorsport, especially Formula 1. The McLaren 650S was first introduced to the mass market in 2014 and production came to a halt in 2017.
Under the hood, you get a 3.8-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 641HP.
The car has a top speed of 207 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.0 seconds. There were a couple of variants during its three years in production. The 650s convertible version became popular with the wealthy because of the sleek design. There is also the 625C variant which is available in both a roadster and a coupe version.
13 Lamborghini Police car
You don't want to be on the wrong side of the law when you are driving in the UAE. The police cars might be tourist attractions, but they also obviously serve a larger purpose. The fleet of luxury police cars is not only limited to Lamborghinis. There is also a Bentley, Ferrari and a Bugatti Veyron, which is one of the most expensive cars in the world.
They have a fleet of the Lamborghini Aventadors. These cars cost $294,000 per unit when new. They are commonly seen speeding in the streets of Dubai when there is an emergency. Some people have criticized the choice of police car since it is not practical when you want to detain a criminal. The supercar can only accommodate two people.
12 Diamond Covered Mercedes Benz SL600
This Mercedes Benz was said to have cost $4.8 million in 2008. It was covered in 300,000 Swarovski diamond crystals. The car in question belonged Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who commissioned it to celebrate his 38th birthday.
According to Jalopnik, the Prince would charge $1,000 just for people to touch the car. Weirdly enough, there were a lot of people willing to pay the price.
The Prince wanted to stand out from the rest of his fellow royals, and simply having lots of money wasn't cutting it. He needed to be unique, and this Diamond Covered Mercedes Benz SL600 was the perfect solution. It is something that he will be remembered for for a long time.
11 Supercharged McLaren P1
The McLaren P1 was on the assembly line from 2013 to 2015. It is incredibly rare as only 375 units were ever produced. According to Wikipedia, 26 % of these units were sold in Europe, while 34% were sold in the US.
You can probably estimate the number that made it to the Middle East. The McLaren was seen as the natural successor to the F1 and utilized Formula 1 technology and Hybrid power for the engine. It featured a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which could produce up to 727HP. With both the electric motor and the engine functioning, the P1 can put out up to 903HP. The McLaren P1 has a top speed of 225 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds.
10 Brabus Rocket 900
Dubai is also known for some extreme car modifications. There are companies like Brabus that are making a killing because there is a big market for custom vehicles.
To a normal person, the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG might provide more than enough power and all the luxury you'll need in a vehicle. It comes with 2 turbos and a V12 engine. To Brabus, this is not enough power, and they wanted to make a rocket out of the Mercedes-Benz S65.
They gave it a gold color exterior finish to match it with royalty. The V12 engine has also been modified and can produce up to 888HP pulling 885 pound-feet of torque. There were only a few of these bad boys ever built.
9 Bugatti L’Or Blanc
Jalopnik has dubbed this one the world's most delicate supercar. The L’Or Blanc came about when Bugatti decided to collaborate with the Royal Porcelain factory in Germany. It is the only car in the world where the exterior and the interior are fitted with high-quality porcelain elements. Such a car is likely to attract the attention of a Sheikh in Abu Dhabi.
According to Bugatti, it took them several weeks to finish the natural reflections of the body shell.
The car went on sale for $2.5 Million. As expected, it was spotted on the streets of Dubai. General observers would assume it is just another Bugatti owned by the royal family. According to MotorAuthority, there was only one unit produced.
8 Bugatti Veyron Taxi
If the police use the Lamborghini Aventador in Dubai, so obviously the taxi drivers had to outdo them. The Bugatti Veyron was the fastest car in the world for over 10 years and costs more than $2 million. It is only in Dubai where it can be used as a taxi and you wouldn't be surprised seeing it speed past you.
When calling an Uber you also have the option of selecting the Bugatti Veyron. This is one of Floyd Mayweather's favorite supercars and he owns three of them. It can produce up to 1,200HP. It has a top speed of 233 mph and can finish the 0 to 60 race in 2.6 seconds.
7 The Icona Vulcano
According to Top Gear, this car is made entirely from Titanium. Some have criticized it for being more expensive than a Chiron, but not as fast. The rich Royals in Dubai could care less about it's speed, they only want it because it is an exotic car.
Inspiration for this is said to have come from the Blackbird SR-71 plane. It is not the best supercar in terms of looks, but it is certainly arresting. The steering design was borrowed from a Ferrari 458. The center console is something you'd find in a Tesla. In terms of displacement, there is a 6.2-liter V8 engine which was supplied by General Motors, the same one found in the Corvette ZR1. The car can go from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds.
6 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR
The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR was jointly developed by McLaren and Mercedes from 2003 to 2010. During this period, Mercedes had a 40% stake in McLaren. SLR stands for "Sports Light Racing."
The car was offered in a roadster and a coupe version when it was launched. The technical highlights of the vehicle include a state of the art braking system and aerodynamics.
The brake discs are made from carbon-ceramic and provided superior fade resistance. In terms of aerodynamics, there is a rare spoiler which is integral to the speed of the car. The car had a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine which produces 817HP. The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR has a top speed of 209 mph and can go from 0 to 60 3.6 seconds.
5 Gold Chrome Wrapped Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder hit the assembly line in 2013 and was in production up until 2015. There are only 918 units of this rare car in existence, and only one that was wrapped completely in Gold.
The Porsche 918 Spyder was sold out by December 2014, which goes to show the popularity of the supercar. It was sold as either a roadster or a coupe.
The car is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 608HP. The Spyder has a top speed of 211 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. It retailed at $845,000 but still managed to sell out. This hybrid is popular in the Middle East.
4 Koenigsegg Agera
The Koenigsegg Agera is one of the most expensive cars in the world. It has a verifiable top speed of 277.9 mph and a straight-line speed of 284.55 mph.
Under the hood, you get a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which can produce 927HP. The car's chassis is fully made from carbon fiber. The rear wings can be electronically adjusted, depending on the speed of the car. There have been different models over the years. According to Top Speed, the 2016 model was the last to wear the Agera badge. The Koenigsegg Agera can go from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, a feat that not a lot of supercars can achieve.
3 Pagani Huayra
The Pagani Huayra is a little known Italian supercar, but that does not stop it from being sold in the Middle East. According to CBS, the Pagani Huayra Roadster is currently priced at $1.4 Million, but it is not the most expensive car from the manufacturer.
There have been several reported crashes of the Pagani Huayra, including one in Dubai. It seems the only time the car makes news is when it is involved in an accident.
The car has a top speed of 238 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds. Under the hood, you get a 6.0-liter V12 engine which can produce up to 720HP. According to Wikipedia, production was limited to only 100 units which are all sold out.
2 Koenigsegg Trevita
There were only two Koenigsegg Trevitas ever built. Floyd Mayweather is one of the owners, and the other one can only be found in Dubai. According to Car Switch, the Koenigsegg Trevita is estimated to cost $4.8 million, which makes it the most expensive street-legal car in the world.
Under the hood, there is a 4.8-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 1,004HP.
According to the company's official website, they had planned to produce three units but it was extremely difficult to the manufacturer and they were limited to only two. The supercar sparkles when it is hit by sunlight and you'd think they are tiny diamonds on the bodywork.
1 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio is an exclusive car that was designed by the legendary Italian design house Pininfarina. The car was commissioned to honor the memory of Pininfarina's son. The car is estimated to be worth around $3,000,000 which makes it one of the most expensive in the world.
According to luxhabitat.ae, the car was an upgraded version of the Ferrari 458. There are 6 copies of the Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio in the world, and owners were handpicked by the manufacturer.
The one that is in Dubai was delivered in 2014 to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery. It has a V8 engine which can produce up to 606HP. The one that was delivered in Abu Dhabi had three layers of paintwork, customized as per the owner's requirements.
Sources: wikipedia.org; topspeed.com; digitaltrends.com