Exotic cars in police livery scream across a causeway at night, lights blaring. It-'s a Ferrari FF and a Mercedes SLS-AMG racing to meet up with a...
Exotic cars in police livery scream across a causeway at night, lights blaring. It's a Ferrari FF and a Mercedes SLS-AMG racing to meet up with a Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes G63 AMG, McLaren MP4-12C and more. The music swells, the cars burst out of the tunnel and are crowded by tourists, locals, and happy kids getting a chance to sit behind the wheel.
No explosions, sadly, but that's not really the point. The Dubai Police cars are ostensibly public relations tools. They get more attention inside and outside of the country than nearly any other police vehicles, anywhere. That is to say, they're an extremely effective tool to build goodwill towards the police force, and that's just the way that the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is the biggest city, like it.
The reality is a little less exciting. The attention-grabbing cars aren't out doing normal patrols. conventional, boring cars, mainly SUVs and sedans, do the grunt work. Commit a crime and you probably won't be thrown into an Aston Martin One-77 and taken in for booking.
Still, every time the Dubai Police put out a video of their new supercar, you have to give credit where credit is due: there's no greater form of PR than appealing to a car enthusiasts' supercar fantasies, is there?
But, it doesn’t end there, for competition is everywhere. For Dubai it’s none other than its neighbour Abu Dhabi. When Dubai Police added the Lexus RCF to its force, the Abu Dhabi Police took a step forward and delivered its men with a a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Mind boggling? Hold your senses; the Abu Dhabi recently recruited one of the rarest cars on the planet - Lykan Hypersport. Only seven cars were ever made by the manufacturer W motors, in reality it is something many of us might never see in our lifetime, let alone driving it. The limited edition Lykan cost the Police department a whopping $ 3.4 million, is close to Rs 21.71crore, and is the third most expensive car in the world.
Powered by a 3.7-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine churning out 770 hp and 708 pound-feet of torque, it was born a supercar. The engine is couple with a 6-speed sequential transmission. And for the pursuits, a Lykan throws enough power to clock 100kmph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 395 kmph.
What makes the car exquisite is its headlamps that have embedded jewels; titanium LED blades with 420 diamonds. Also, the buyer has a selection of rubies, diamonds, yellow diamonds, and sapphires to be integrated into the vehicle's headlights at purchase. With interiors straight from Star Trek and a carbon composite body, the vehicle is capable of smashing through skyscrapers too.
Even then, despite having the Lykan Hypersport and a Rolls Royce Phantom, Dubai Police takes a lead by having a Bugatti Veyron, a Ferrari FF, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, an Aston Martin One-77, Mclaren P1, a BMWM6 Gran Coupe, a BMW i8, a Nissan GT-R, an Audi R8 and a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Lamborghini Aventador. They also have a Bentley Continental, and a Renault Twizy et al.
Near home, the best machines Indian Police has are nine customised Harley Davidsons, these include Street-750s and Super Lows for making VIP protection a little sleeker in Gujrat. These superbikes come with a V-Twin engine which produces a 65 Nm torque, capable of clocking 100 kmph in 6 seconds.
Stuff to drool, for India will not have the concept of having supercars to flaunt a Hollywood style chase or encourage tourism, for our roads aren’t that accommodating. So next time you spot a supercar, snap it on your camera and let it end there. Vinyls of Telangana Police or Andhra Police can at most be on the rolling fleets of Ford EcoSport or Toyota Innova.
By Tushar Kalawatia