In case you didn’t know, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but the city lives in Dubai’s shadow for years now.
Even if it did everything in its power to grab attention (with the F1 Yas Marina outstanding circuit, Ferrari World and cheaper petrol), Dubai managed to market itself better to tourists and everything in between. While Dubai is the capital of outrageousness, Abu Dhabi has a more peaceful, traditional approach. Well, as “peaceful” as a big city in UEA can get, at least.
For instance, Dubai’s police force has some stupendous cars in its fleet, including a Camaro, an Aventador, a BMW i8, a FF, a SLS – and everything else you can imagine. Bugatti Veyron? Why not. Aston Martin One-77? Yeah, sure. Of course, these cars are used mainly as tourist attractions, while other – more down to Earth – vehicles to do the dirty work.
That being said, in comparison to Dubai’s police vehicle listing, Abu Dhabi fell a little short – until now, because the police force is considering buying a Lykan Hypersport.
According to The National UAE, Brig Hussain Al Harthi – director of central operations of Abu Dhabi police department – stated: “We brought it into the country last week for pilot-testing; we haven’t bought it yet because we want to test it first to see if it fits Abu Dhabi Police’s requirements.”
How could a 3.4 million dollar car not fit into a law-enforcement line-up? Boy, the police in Abu Dhabi sure has high standards. Anyway, judging by the official red and white color scheme the car carries, we think the first supercar produced in the Middle East passed all of Abu Dhabi’s police requirements with no trouble.
With only 7 examples to be produced worldwide, the Lykan Hypersport is a pretty rare beast, so don’t let the fact that we just found one for sale fool you. Curiously enough, the vehicles are just 141 Km (87 miles) away from each other.
W Motors – the Dubai based company responsible for the Lykan Hypersport – manufactures the car in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with Magna Steyr, Studiotorino and RUF Automobiles. The car is built on RUF’S CTR3 mechanics and packs a punch with the help of its 740 horse power flat-six, 3.8-litre engine.
Nonetheless, like many others high-speed, powerful and expensive supercars employed by UAE’s police departments, this Lykan will just be a tourist attraction and probably won’t see any high-speed action even if it’s capable of 395 km/h (245 Mph). That won’t make it less cool, though.
Pictures courtesy of ahmd_m_ & asr.aldhaheri