There’s a group of policemen (and women) in the Dubai Police who drive very special cars as part of the daily job of patrolling the roads. These are not cars with special equipment like some James Bond car but are very, very expensive supercars.
In 2013, the police force in the city in the United Arab Emirates decided to use some of its oil money to buy patrolcars that would not only be able to chase after motorists who also had very fast cars but would enhance the image of the city and country.
Over 40 supercars in the fleet
They started off with a Lamborghini Aventador and eventually, the fleet grew to over 40 at last count. The most prominent are models (only one of each) like the Aston Martin One-77, Bentley Continental GT, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ferrari FF, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Nissan GT-R. But there are also cars from Audi, Jaguar, Maserati, McLaren, Lexus, Porsche, Toyota (a GR Supra) and even Rolls-Royce.
It is believed that a Tesla Cybertruck will be on the list in future – if Mr. Musk helps the Dubai Police to get ahead of the very long queue said to be a million customers long.
As expected, the cars of the Dubai Police drew much attention, not just from those who visited the city but also around the world. While some police forces have high-performance sportscars, no one has a fleet like the Dubai Police.
Another Super SUV
The fleet now has yet another model – a second Lamborghini Urus and it’s the Performante edition this time. The car was actually handed over at the Dubai Airshow last year but was not immediately put into service. It went through a period of preparation and modifications to adapt it to the requirements of the police.
The livery combines the classic colour green with white, with details on the bonnet and side doors featuring the police logo. The rear spoiler is fitted with a blue 360° LED light bar combined with an electric siren.
Customised for police use
The passenger compartment has been customised with various essentials for the police officers who travel in it These include an armoured gun box, a fold-down message display, a special compartment in the boot for storing service equipment and a defibrillator for first aid response.
The new Urus Performante has a twin-turbo V8 engine with 666 ps/850 Nm and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 306 km/h and unlike other Lamborghini owners in the country, the driver of this particular car can get up to that speed without fear of being arrested.
“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Dubai Police, supporting them in their crucial public safety mission. Following our delivery of an Urus to the force in 2022, this new Urus Performante edition will be used to carry out a range of public duties and, above all, will help enhance the city’s security and safety, with this initiative further demonstrating our brand’s longstanding presence here in the UAE,” said Paolo Sartori, Regional Head, Automobili Lamborghini Middle East and Africa.