It could not be a better time for Dubai to shine bright and proud, especially with their recent winning bid for the World Expo 2020. Everyone knows that the United Arab Emirates is all about the glitz and the glam. It was once simply a desert that was unknown to the world, but with the discovery of oil, the country flourished and boomed tremendously. If the tallest tower, 7-star hotels, and man made islands were not enough, the Dubai Police force has built a luxurious fleet of police supercars that now patrol the streets. For many, this hardly comes as a shock and may even cause some to wonder how and why it did not happen sooner.
Over the past year, the force has had the opportunity to drive some of the fastest and most prestigious cars on the market, such as the limited quantity Aston Martin One-77, Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, and Mercedes SLS. In the last few months, the Dubai Police have prided themselves on adding a McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes SL 63, Mercedes G-Class Brabus, and a Nissan GTR to the lavish mix of sports cars. The most recent addition to the fleet was the McLaren, which runs on a 3.8L V8, twin-turbo engine that can accelerate to 200 km/h in less than nine seconds and brake to a full stop in a mere five seconds.
Is this multi-million dollar venture necessary or being used for show?
The launch of the first few police cars set the stage for what was to come. After assessing the reactions of the general public and the media, they were found to be a useful form of advertisement and promotion of the unique police force and Dubai’s high-class image. The super fleet is mostly found patrolling touristic areas like Burj Al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Tourists can, then, enjoy snapping photographs and be awed by the country’s seemingly bottomless pit of financial resources, while providing them with enhanced security. Many may assume these cars are meant for high-speed chases and to prevent speeders from attempting to overtake the police, but this surely is not the case, despite the unfortunate loss of civilians dying on a regular basis due to speeding. There is not much room for extra passengers in these supercharged vehicles, anyway.
At a worldwide level, reactions have varied, ranging from disbelief to disgust. Seeing as how speeding is one of the leading causes of death in the United Arab Emirates, the country faces far more pressing issues that could use a wiser investment. Although anyone found driving faster than 200 km/h will face criminal charges, speeding still takes place often. After all, fast, luxury cars are not scarce in the country and many like to test their full capabilities.
The World’s Fastest Supercars
When looking at the world’s ten fastest police cars, it is no surprise that many of the Dubai Police super fleet vehicles make quite a few appearances. However, high-speed chases have become rather glamorous worldwide, and police forces are enjoying the perks. While only some of these supercars are used for hasty pursuits, many contribute to some form of justice for the legal system.
The Cadillac CTS-V, which among other sports cars, is driven by the Bloomfield Township Police Department in the United States. This high-performing car is typically used during special events, parades, and classic car cruises to name a few, while increasing the presence of police officers within the community. It runs on a 6.2L V8 engine and can hit 97 km/h in a speedy 3.9 seconds.
Since 2009, the Humberside Police force in northern England have been seen in the Lexus IS-F, which can reach 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds with its 416 horsepower, 5.0L engine. The supercar is mostly used as a deterrent, but is also useful to chase those in fast cars.
In the Netherlands, the police can be seen cruising down the streets in a Spyker C8 Spyder. The vehicle joined the Dutch police forces in 2006 and has played a vital role in keeping speeders on their best behaviour on roadways, but has also been displayed at public events. Native to the country, the Spyder is charged by a 400 horsepower, Audi 4.2L V8 engine and can reach 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
For years, the Italian State Police has been no stranger to the incredible power of the Lamborghini. Starting in 2004 with the Gallardo, the local police force has often been gifted the latest model of this prestigious automobile. In 2008, they were provided the Gallardo LP560-4, which was driven by the Lazio Highway Police Department to increase road safety and presence. At the time, accidents and crime prevention were a main priority for the Department due to thousands of civilian deaths as a result of car accidents in the country, and came fully equipped with all the necessities. This powerful Gallardo helps attack the serious matter with its ability to accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Combined with a 560 horsepower, 5.2L V10 engine, this beast has an impeccable force that should not be messed with.
In Germany, police forces get to show off a beautiful powerhouse of a Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Rocket. However, it is not meant for the road. The swanky sports car is a mere statement on display that others should modify their cars with discretion, legality, and safety in mind. It is part of the Tune It Safe! program instigated by German Secretary of Transportation Wolfgang Tiefensee. With the capacity to accelerate to a speed of 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, the $550,000 car is unfortunately not being used.
So, Why Not?
Dubai has already found other ways to promote its culture of luxury and prestige. Take for example the Burj Khalifa, beaming high and mighty as the world’s tallest tower. Is it absolutely necessary? No, probably not, but it attracts thousands of tourists and expands tourism, while boasting the city’s financial vigor. The same can be said about the Dubai Mall, and various others that are equally as grand and ostentatious. One day, the Emirates may run out of resources and will need another source of income. Therefore, having created a name for itself in the tourism industry could prove to be essential, lucrative, and life-saving in the long run. Also, the presence and use of the Dubai Police’s fleet of supercars while hosting the World Expo 2020 will further cast a spotlight on their lavishness and entertain the masses.
As we can see, numerous governments worldwide have invested in their police forces to various degrees. While the usage of some may be more impractical than others, the same overall themes reign, and they are of security, criminal justice, and upholding an image of sorts.
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