Dubai police stand features Ferrari FF, Audi R8, Nissan GT-R and more. Reflects nation’s love of cars, they say
Bugatti’s latest special edition is this Meo Constantini model; he was racing driver turned Bugatti boss in 1927
The special edition is limited to three production units, each priced at £1.7 million
The seats are embroidered with Meo Constantini's signature, while an aluminium plate commemorates the Targa Florio route
McLaren outdoes Ferrari by displaying a P1 to prospective buyers (it was a no show for LaFerrari)
The Ferrari 458 Speciale makes its Dubai debut ahead of its launch in a few months' time
The latest incarnation of the GTA Spano claims more than 900bhp
Rolls-Royce's boss says that there was less "bling" on show. This interior shows otherwise
It wasn't just high-end exotica on show, as this Nissan display reveals
Nicest-looking Rolls Wraith yet; more tasteful than Celestial Phantom with diamond door cappings
Superb ‘60s Honda 1.5-litre V12 was meant to inspire, but made surrounding models look dowdy
Feeding Dubai’s demand for radical off-roaders was this $450,000 G-wagen six-wheeler by AMG
VW didn’t have much that was new, so made this Dubai driving game a big feature
Aston Works boss Kingsley Riding-Felce with Mid-East spec DB6, complete with electric seats, aircon, PAS and auto
Lincoln needs success in export markets like Dubai, so showed this handsome MKC SUV prototype
Range Rover Sport set new record for crossing world’s second largest desert in just 10 hours
Jaguar’s eye-grabbing SUV, code-named C-X17, introduces new all-aluminium architecture
Tough off-roaders like this Jeep Cherokee Sahara are all the rage for tackling dunes around Dubai
We’ve seen VW’s Cross Blue concept before, but 2015 production version bound to be a Middle Eastern hit
The only Minis anyone’s interested in around Dubai are the bigger, more powerful editions like Paceman
Hennessey Venom claimed to be Dubai’s fastest-accelerating production car; packs 1244bhp, cracks 266mph
Ford Mustang V8 fastback looked great, and is popular in Dubai, but where’s the new edition?
This was the biggest and best Dubai motor show ever, the experts said, for two reasons.
First, because it was better supported by the Big Beasts of the motor industry than ever (Ford’s Stephen Odell and Aston Martin’s Ulrich Bez looked in, among others) and, second, because the organisers see the Qatar show, with which Dubai alternates, as a deadly rival, and want to do it better.
All-new metal is hard to come by at Dubai. This is primarily a selling show, and residents of the UEA like to buy straight off the showroom floor, preferably from the man in charge. The buoyant new car market is up over 20 per cent this year, and although they negotiate hard, car-mad locals are also driven to be first with the latest piece of metal.
Especially when it’s an SUV. Small wonder that Jaguar chose to set the agenda by showing the latest iteration of their C-X17 “sports crossover” — first seen at Frankfurt — and VW also reprised their Cross Blue the medium-big soft-roader due for production by 2016.
Outrageous supercars were everywhere, McLaren scoring an important advantage over Ferrari by showing a production-spec P1, whereas the Maranello team could only field the nice-but-familiar 458 Speciale. Performance headline-grabbers were led by the spectacular Devel Sixteen, alleged to have 5000 horsepower on tap, plus a 348mph top speed and a 0-60mph time well under two seconds. There wasn’t a lot of mechanical detail, or a price, but it still drew the crowds.
Some people, including a Rolls-Royce spokesman, reckoned there was less tasteless “bling” on offer at Dubai this year. But that didn’t stop Rolls from offering a diamond-encrusted car, or sundry other car makers offering gold-plated components and the odd gold-lined engine bay. But there was a definite air of rationality.
Industry experts keep predicting that buying tastes of car consumers across the world will converge. Perhaps they’re right.