The Address hotel in downtown Dubai is currently on fire, coinciding with the emirate’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
We’ve been skeptical of the supposedly 5,000 horsepower Devel Sixteen hypercar since it was unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show back in 2013. The company even had a running one, with what was claimed to be their own V16 engine. We didn’t fall for it then, but they seem to have an engine now, and while it’s about a Veyron…
Fighting a fire in a towering skyscraper poses unique challenges for both the equipment and the firefighters. That’s why the fire departments of large cities have dedicated high-rise units–but Dubai wants to do one better by equipping its firefighters with jetpacks.
What Americans might vaguely recognize as an Infiniti QX80 is sold in the U.A.E. as the Nissan Patrol, and it’s one of the most popular SUVs in the region. So to pimp their Nismo performance brand in Dubai, Nissan decided to pass on another sports car and slap some splitters on this behemoth.
Dubai is known for its obscene displays of wealth, and the tradition is continuing with the new Bugatti-inspired houses from DAMAC Properties.
Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million.
Watch as Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet, take their crazy jetpacks to the skies of Dubai and tour the city like Superman would. It’s unbelievable every time I see them soar through the air like fighter jets, busting moves and tricks that only stunt planes dare to try. Except they’re not in a…
We already knew the Dubai Police were incapable of half-measures, so I guess it’s no surprise their new utility vehicle has a fairly massive lift, desert prerunner bumper, and fender flares like Terry Crews’ deltoids. What do you think of Dubai PD’s 2015 GMC Sierra off-roader?
This exact X-Raid Mini All4 Racing won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally. It might be the most capable vehicle on the planet. And I got it stuck in the desert outside of Dubai.
This lifted 1972 Ford pickup called ‘Sloppy’ is more like a speedboat than anything else. You pretty much have to steer it with the gas in the desert and it will jump around more than House of Pain. It’s pure gold.
That trophy goes to a lifted pickup truck from the seventies. But what are these cars doing in Dubai in the first place? Enjoying sand dunes and long stretches of open tarmac. Duh.
A 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser weighs about 5,875 pounds and despite all the heritage, is not something I would consider as a proper off-road vehicle. In Dubai though, the playing field is a bit crazier.
Today I went airborne in a luxury SUV, met a Qatari Dakar winner, met some camels, saw some amazingly crazy modified cars, and I got passed by the police in a Ferrari. This has been my first day in Dubai.
Radio nerds of the 1940s predicted that "robot jockeys" would soon be the wave of the future. They weren't wrong, but it did take a little longer than they expected.
The Dubai Police's Aventador, Veyron, and assorted other superluxury cars just got a new companion: a BMW i8 done up in the now-famous green and white livery.
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.
"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.
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.
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…
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.