Dubai Just Added A BMW i8 To Its Supercar Police Fleet

This Is What A $46,000 Car Key Looks Like

Slight correction there, actually. This key, done in a diamond-encrusted style that serves as an homage to the flag of Saudi Arabia (of course), costs at least $46,000. That's where pricing starts, and it only goes up from there. » 2/27/15 9:20am 2/27/15 9:20am

Getting Lost In Dubai Can Make A Porsche 918 Hell On Earth

"Fuck you Travis Oval-piston-face." The words repeated and scorched the inside of my head and the anger grew and swelled and assumed a magnitude which left me no longer in control of it. » 2/13/15 3:51pm 2/13/15 3:51pm

The Dubai Police Made A Film Starring Their Incredible Supercar Fleet

Dubai isn't like America in many, many ways. Take their police fleet, for instance. Here, we get mad if our cops even mention buying a new car. There, the police have a collection of the most expensive and fastest supercars in the world. And they made a film about them. » 2/10/15 10:01am 2/10/15 10:01am

McLaren 650S GT3. Inside the machine

As is often the case when it releases a new model, McLaren already had an enormous benchmark in place when it launched the brand new 650S GT3 at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Its predecessor, the 12C GT3, in just three full seasons of competing globally had taken three GT championships, 51 race victories… » 12/17/14 6:00am 12/17/14 6:00am

Ferrari 458 Speciale. DRIVEN. Precious memories

It's been quite a while since I've sworn this much during a test drive. Almost a year in fact. But this is not swearing with vitriolic rage at an incomprehensible SatNav, Bluetooth connection or adaptive cruise control. It's swearing aimed internally. I'm not driving this Ferrari 458 Speciale as I should be. » 12/10/14 1:13pm 12/10/14 1:13pm

Here's The 2015 Ford Mustang On The World's Tallest Building

After disassembling and reconstructing a 2015 Mustang on the top of the Empire State Building, Ford went one step further for the car's Middle Eastern market debut. Here it is on the Burj Khalifa. » 11/19/14 11:25am 11/19/14 11:25am

Ford Will Put A 2015 Mustang On The World's Tallest Building

Mercedes S-Class and S 63 AMG Coupe. DRIVEN

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been the technological wunderkind. I've had the good fortune of steering a few elder generations of the Sonderklasse long after their release, and have always been amazed that the technology equipped within these 10-15 year old luxury barges hasn't felt out-dated, or in any way… » 9/03/14 7:30am 9/03/14 7:30am

MINI Cooper S vs Sodi go-kart. That ‘go-kart feeling’

It's not often, as some of my wordier pieces on crankandpiston.com will attest, that I'm left speechless. But as I stand here, the stopwatch on my iPhone paused and bearing a lap time I can barely comprehend, it's about the closest I've ever come. » 8/19/14 6:39am 8/19/14 6:39am

Why criticising the SUV is a blinkered view

I find it quite amusing that while the world has gone SUV crazy, those that position themselves as hardcore car enthusiasts seem to have universally adopted a negative stance towards the Sports Utility Vehicle. I liken it to the music snob that goes out of their way to express just how terrible the tracks on the… » 8/14/14 2:49am 8/14/14 2:49am

TEASER. MINI Cooper S vs Sodi go-kart on-track

When the new MINI was announced, we knew it was only a matter of time before the brand drew attention towards the updated 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, retro-look cabin, and a whole new brand of MINI 'hallmark' exterior design. And, of course, that typical 'go-kart feeling'. » 8/12/14 3:37am 8/12/14 3:37am

Six jets fly in formation while another does barrel rolls around them

Photographer Sherilal Mohanan captured this spectacular image of the United Arab Emirates' Al Fursan national air display team performing for Abu Dhabi, flying Italian-built Aermacchi MB-339NAT jets. Beautiful shot. » 6/19/14 5:36pm 6/19/14 5:36pm

Dubai-Based Dune Bashing Is Best In Dune Buggies

Real dune buggies tend to weigh -100 tons, and also tend to have +1000 horsepower (these figures are approximate). Which makes them ridiculously fun to fly over mountainous sand dunes with, and ridiculously fun to pop wheelies with. » 5/06/14 8:45am 5/06/14 8:45am

You Can Now Get Married On Dubai's Burj Al Arab Helipad

If you love aviation, and your future bride looks sexy with wind-blown hair, tell her to ask the Sheikh if you can recite your nuptials atop Dubai's seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, on their helipad. Starting at only $55,000, Dad will still be able to afford that Bugatti he's been eying. » 4/29/14 4:38pm 4/29/14 4:38pm

Custom Axles And Wheels Take G-Wagen Sand Hoonage Up A Level

Portal axels give this G 55 extra off-road articulation, and bumpers that can hold a winch on the front and back are pretty useful, but I think the two-piece Hutchinson Beadlocker wheels are the prettiest part of this G-wagen. » 4/07/14 2:50pm 4/07/14 2:50pm

These Aquarium Windows In Dubai Are Totally Playing With My Mind

People actually drove these cars, pulled up, got out, and aquarium scenes just started playing on their windows, according to the description on this Youtube video. Why? Because Dubai. » 3/30/14 10:14am 3/30/14 10:14am

Dubai Claims "World's Busiest International Airport" Title

For the first two months of 2014, Dubai International Airport has seen more international passengers come and go than any other airport in the world — a claim formerly held by London Heathrow. Lead by aggressive expansion of Emirates and FlyDubai airlines, Dubai handled 1.8 million more passengers during the period… » 3/27/14 2:41pm 3/27/14 2:41pm

Culture Hunting. Cars and Coffee Tables

Tables made out of engines are a welcome addition to the aesthetic of any petrol-head's living room. I am sure if you consulted any guru of feng shui they would back up that statement… probably. » 3/27/14 1:47pm 3/27/14 1:47pm

Cadillac ATS vs Lexus IS350 F-Sport. Fighting back

So you're after a new premium mid-size saloon. You want a bit of poke, a good amount of style without being too flashy, and it has to be comfortable as well as feature a performance element. Basically, you want everything. Where do you go? Traditionally, you'd head straight to Germany and check out a BMW 3 Series,… » 3/10/14 1:53pm 3/10/14 1:53pm