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Rolling in the Dough: A Guide to Dubai’s Most Expensive Cars

While luxury cars are still a distant dream for many, Dubai is the place where you find the most expensive cars as the Police car.

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Dubai is a luxurious city, and it’s no surprise that it’s home to some of the world’s most expensive cars. From the Rolls Royce Phantom to the Lamborghini Aventador, these cars are some of the most coveted possessions in the world. If you’ve ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a car that costs more than most people’s homes, then this post is for you. Here’s a guide to the most expensive cars you can find in Dubai.
At times, Dubai’s locals seem to be living on their playing field, where almost everything is either extremely expensive, gold-plated, or difficult to obtain elsewhere. It’s kind of like a fantasy world where anything is possible.

White Gold Mercedes SLR Sports

Designer: Gorden Wagener/Yoon Il-hun
Number Produced: Unknown
Est. Value: ~$2.5 Million*

It is rather difficult for some of us to comprehend why someone may need an automobile with a 4 turbo V10 engine and nearly 1600hp. It’s even more difficult for us to come to terms with knowing that one exists that is made out of sheets of white gold, but it does, and it can be found cruising the streets of Dubai.

The Mercedes SLR Sports vehicle is a finely crafted piece of art. Its smooth shape is only accentuated more by the glare of the light off of its white gold body and the SLR can travel a quarter of a mile in 6.89 seconds and runs on biofuel, so not only is this car great to look at and fit for royalty, but it’s also environmentally friendly.

Gold Nissan GTR

Designer: Shiro Nakamura
Number Produced: Unknown
Est. Value: $1 Million*

Not everyone in Dubai has the means to purchase a new Lamborghini or Bugatti whenever they please. Some Emiratis are content settling with a Nissan sometimes, but settling doesn’t quite mean the same thing in Dubai as it does in America. It’s not the brand of the car that matters most to some people, but the materials of which the car is made. 

Dubai locals have a way of taking the average run-of-the-mill sports car and paying outrageous amounts of money to let their neighbors know just how elite of a class they are in. While keeping true to Shiro Nakamura’s original design for the car, this Nissan GTR was plated with gold and its details were carved by the skilled hands of master engraver Takahiko Izawa. That’s one way to raise the value of a car from $65,000 to $1 million.

Diamond-Covered Mercedes Benz SL600

Designer: Bruno Sacco
Number Produced: 2
Est. Value: $4.8 Million*

The people of Dubai have been making art out of spending money on over-the-top items that most people could only dream of. The motor vehicles in Dubai will most certainly turn a few heads, but few will do so more often than the diamond-encrusted Mercedes.

People in Dubai have been known to pay $1000 merely to touch Saudi Prince, (Amir) al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz’s mink-furnished Mercedes SL600. More than three hundred thousand diamonds were used as decals on the Mercedes, however, being one of the top ten wealthiest people in the world, the car’s $4.8 million price tag, was more like pocket change to the Saudi Prince.

Ferrari Limo

Designer: Goran Popovic
Number Produced: Unknown
Est. Value: $305,000*

Enzo Ferrari may have begun his career as a top-level race-car driver, but it was the cars with his name on them that gained the Ferrari name most of its modern-day fame. For more than half of a century, with its sleek look and incredible handling, Ferrari has been one of the most well-known names in the automobile industry. 

It has become normal to see some of Ferrari’s most luxurious models being put on display by drivers all over the world, but in Dubai, they’ve found a way to make luxury vehicles even more luxurious. Coming fully equipped with everything that a regular Modena should, this Ferrari Modena 360 limousine is also spacious enough to carry eight passengers (not including the driver), while not losing any of its signature Ferrari power.

Lamborghini Cop Car

Designer: Filippo Perini 
Number Produced: 2
Est. Value: $545,000*

Due to the large number of elite vehicles in Dubai, it seems more out of necessity than for pleasure that the police officers can be seen riding around in style as well. More frequently than one would expect, the police in Dubai can be seen patrolling the streets in Ferraris, Bugattis, and Lamborghinis.

The Lamborghini Aventador is a police vehicle like no other. With the ability to go from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds and topping out around 220 mph, it is no wonder why attempts by drivers in Dubai to outrun the law are few and far between.

Bugatti Taxi

Designer: Jozef Kaban
Number Produced: 150
Est. Value: ~$2 Million*

Only a limited amount of time left before the first robot jockey camel races of the day begin. There is no need to panic. In Dubai when someone orders an UberX car, the’s a chance that they could end up getting a ride in one of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world. It’s even more impressive when taking into account that there were only 150 units of the vehicle made. 

With the ability to travel at speeds of up to 260 mph and cut corners with impeccable precision, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is in a class of its own. If one were to find themselves in Dubai and in need of an Uber, it is most definitely worth paying a few extra dollars for a lottery chance at being picked up by a Bugatti.

Amphibious Cars

Designer: David March
Number Produced: 100+
Est. Value: $135,000*

The first commercial water car was available to the public in 2013 when WaterCar released the ‘Panther’. Having a rather reasonable price tag of just over $135, 000 the more recent model has become a popular accessory in Dubai, and not just amongst the higher class, although Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, does own six of these amphibious water vehicles, himself.

While driving into the water at speeds just shy of 10mph, the wheels are retracted by a hydraulic off-road suspension. In under fifteen seconds the transition from a land vehicle into a sea-faring one, and vice versa, can be completed. Once the transformation is complete, these ‘Bond-esque’ vehicles can reach speeds in the water of more than 60 mph.

The Batmobile

Designer: Team Galag
Number Produced: Unknown
Est. Value: ~$1 Million*

Dubai is a great place for anyone who has ever wanted to live as though they were stepping out of the realities of the Western World and into an adult playground. The cities are huge, the accessories are flashy, and the cars are in a league of their own. Walking the streets in Dubai can sometimes remind a visitor of the streets in the Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto video games.

On a night out in the city, a visitor may think they have seen the Dark Knight himself cruising around town, but they would be mistaken. It would just have been a local, driving one of the handfuls of Bat-mobiles that have been sold in the UAE. Reaching speeds of more than 150 mph, these chariots of the knight are no joke.

Solid Gold Lamborghini

Designer: Filippo Perini
Number Produced: Unknown
Est. Value: $7.5 Million*

Lamborghinis have long been one of the favorite automobiles of the rich and famous. In recent years the Aventador has been one of the more popular models that the grotesquely wealthy people of the world have been partial to. With so many people purchasing this V12 supercar, Dubai’s upper class has found a way to remain in the upper echelon of Lambo owners. Gold.

Although fifty-five pounds of gold make up the final product, the block of gold that was used to carve this Lamborghini Aventador started out as a 1,100-pound brick of solid yellow gold. Even with all of that gold, this luxury Lamborghini hasn’t lost any of its zip, and can still top out at almost 220 mph.

Gold Chrome Wrapped Porsche 918 Spyder

Designer: Michael Mauer
Number Produced: 918 Spyders (1 Wrapped In Gold Chrome)
Est. Value: ~$1 Million*

The Porsche 918 Spyder is not made out of solid gold like some of the other treasures that could be found in Dubai, but it is wrapped in gold chrome. The 918 Spyder, as it came, was not fast enough or expensive enough for this upperclassman to drive, so for only an additional $100,000 they purchased the weight-saving Weissach Package and wrapped the entire thing in gold chrome.

The Weissach package includes Alcantara covering instead of a leather interior as well as carbon fiber replacements for the roof, window and door frames, and rear wings. These replacements cut the weight of the car by almost ninety pounds and allow for an increase in speed as well as aerodynamics, pushing the 918 Spyder to go from 0-186 mph in just 19.9 seconds. Although 918 Spyders were produced, to date there is only one that is known to be wrapped in gold chrome.

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