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Middle East

  The Middle East consists of countries in Western Asia and North Africa, with other countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caucasus, and Central Asia also have ties to the region.

The Middle East no stranger to seeing special edition vehicles, but it did look strange to us that BMW Abu Dhabi would go the route of preparing a special edition version of the M135i . It’s called the "M Performance Special Edition," and to be fair, it does look sprightly, especially the way the Mineral Grey metallic hue combines well with those red and orange accents.

Racing stripes with a checkered flag design also run down the middle of the M135i, which is a nice touch and fits in well with the whole special edition identity BMW Abu Dhabi is trying to convey. Carbon-fiber mirrors add a touch of sporty exclusivity to the mix, as does the new set of M alloy wheels.

All the exterior and interior changes to the M Performance Special Edition are impressive. But that’s the extent of it, because the model doesn’t carry any engine upgrades. Instead, customers will get the same 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that develops 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

BMW Abu Dhabi has an interesting M135i in its hands, but how much attention will it really get in a market so used to getting its supercar on?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M135i M Performance Special Edition.

Posted on by Christian Moe +  

Saudi Arabia, like so many Middle Eastern countries, is a deeply misunderstood place. More than an area that deals with war, sand or oil, Saudi Arabia is a country filled with culture, history and car enthusiasts.

Drive had gotten word that this amazing place also held one of the greatest driving roads in the world, and they wanted to investigate. They gave a rang to McLaren to see if they could snag some 12C’s for the journey. They also contacted a local; Faisal Bin Laden, a professional driver and the owner of the Saudi Falcons race team. McLaren gave the team a 12C Coupe and a 12C Spyder and they set about on their epic adventure.

The resulting trip has been documented in a nine-minute video. It’s full of exotic metal, true gearheads and astonishing scenery. I don’t want to spoil the video , but all of the Drive team’s well-laid plans were for naught.

If you enjoy seeing exotic metal parading around exotic locations, you owe it to yourself to hit that play button. It’s a trip you won’t soon forget watching.

Back in May 2013, we reported that the Dubai Police had invested in a Bugatti Veyron to add to its list of insane supercars. Well, that story ended up being nothing more than a photoshop’d version of a custom Veyron from our pals over at Kahn Design. Commenters — obviously folks from Dubai — also pointed out that the image that circulated the web was simply a suggestion to the Dubai Police force and not a claim that the model actually existed.

Well, regardless of who was right — our source or the commenters — this Veyron has now become a reality. And to prove its realness, the Dubai Police released a video highlighting the model all done up in the signature green and white livery.

We are still curious as to why the Dubai Police need all of these supercars in its fleet, but residents of the Middle Eastern emirate can rest assured that their police can catch damn near any criminal on the road.

To think, the coolest cop car I ever knew of was when my local State Police picked up a Fox Body `Stang as its "high-speed pursuit" vehicle...

It’s easy to see why brands like Rolls-Royce have a deep interest in the Middle Eastern market. It’s one of the biggest sales markets for the company and as a sign of its commitment to building an even bigger presence in the market, the British company is preparing to launch its new 1,001 Nights Collection.

In case the name escapes you, the 1,001 Nights Collection is exclusive to the Middle East, further casting little doubt just how match Rolls wants to be loved in that region.

In this video, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division is giving everyone a peek at the exclusive collection, which we will see manifest themselves in the Rolls-Royce Ghost in the future. Incidentally, Rolls-Royce already unveiled the Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition late last year.

But it’s only now that we’re seeing just how intricate and meticulous the level of detailing was in putting together what could very well be one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models we’ve seen in a while. From the unique motifs to the veneer and wood inlays with arabesque symbols, the Rolls-Royce 1,001 Nights collection is going to be all sorts of exclusive for arguably one of the most exclusive-starved markets in the world.

At this point, we don’t expect anything less from the region and the brand that wants a bigger piece of that said region.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition

Posted on by Simona  
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

A Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is priced at $445,300, which is quite a lot for most people. But what if we would tell you that you can get it for "free?" Well, maybe not totaly free, as you will have to buy a penthouse in Damac Maison, The Dubai Mall Street, which starts at about $2 million. This offer comes as part of the 2014 Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) promotion.

Company official said "Customers buying a penthouse in Damac Maison, the Dubai Mall Street during DSF will be given a 2014 Lamborghini Aventador roadster with their purchase."

Damac Maison, The Dubai Mall Street is Damac’s first service hotel apartment project and was designed by German architects Koschany & Zimmer. Seems like a good deal to us.

The same company announced that buyers of other properties will get either a BMW or a Mini Cooper , depending on the size of the house bought.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster.

Source: Emirates247
Posted on by Simona  

As the Middle East market is the third biggest market worldwide for BMW 7-Series sales is no surprise to hear that the German company developed a special edition 760Li for the Arab Emirates. The new model, called 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo combines a powerful, V-12 engine with a bespoke, luxury interior and a specially highlighted exterior look.

The model is powered by a 6.0 liter V-12 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission should be enough to catapult the luxury sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The model can be ordered in eight different colors inspired by the most famous Formula One tracks from around the world: Monte Carlo Blue, Silverstone II and Imola Red. Next to these special colors, the new special edition will be distinguished by a series of unique elements added to both the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo.

Posted on by Tushar  

McLaren will make just 375 examples of the P1 hypercar and each one of them is sold. Now that there are none left, one would have to wait for a P1 to pop up on the used-car market. Almost certainly, it won’t come cheap, as the standard car costs over a million dollars and given that 73 percent of the 375 units have been ordered with various options and personalized interiors, finding a basic, used McLaren P1 would be pretty difficult.

Having said that, if you do happen to have $2 million in spare cash lying around and have the urge to buy one for yourself, then you’re in luck. A dealership in Dubai is offering a used McLaren P1 for sale. Keep in mind that the term "used" is more of a technicality than anything, as it actually has zero miles on the odometer. The dealership bought the car direct from McLaren, which technically makes it a used car. This is currently the only known McLaren P1 for sale.

This specific example of the McLaren P1 has a yellow exterior with carbon-fiber trims and a black interior. You can checkout the car here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 McLaren P1


Everything is more grandiose in Dubai, so says people who have been in the Middle Eastern country. Apparently, even the cars of the local law enforcement and emergency agencies fit that bill.

We already know the impressive list of vehicles the Dubai Police Force has at its disposal, but as it turns out, even the country’s fire department has its own special vehicles.

This photo, taken by the folks over at [Drive Arabia], shows a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray donning the colors of the Dubai Fire Brigade. We don’t really know how the car itself is going to handle actual fires, but it does make for a good publicity stunt for the fire department to show that the police force isn’t the only agency that can have its roster of its exotics .

The Corvette Stingray itself comes with the eye-catching red and yellow livery of the fire brigade. To make it look the part of a real fire department vehicle, lightbars were installed, as well as graphics saying "Dubai Civil Defense" on both doors.

Compared to what we normally see our fire departments drive around these days, it’s safe to say that this Corvette Stingray stands out among all of them for all the right publicity reasons.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Drive Arabia
Posted on by Simona  

How about an extra helping of luxury on top of your super-luxury car? WEell, that’s what Bentley just did with its Mulsanne flagship sedan at the Dubai Motor Show.

This special edition Mulsanne Shaheen created specifically for Middle East marke, and draws inspiration from the Shaheen eagle - a bird of prey that pay an important part in Middle Eastern culture and society.

It features a paint job inspired by the colors of the Shaheen eagle, using Tungsten over Onyx for the exterior, and Magnolia and Beluga leather combined with Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer for the interior. A special Mulsanne Shaheen logo was also adorned on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay.

The car rides on unique, 21-inch alloy wheels combined with sports-tuned suspension and steering.

Other options offered for the Mulsanne Shaheen include a Wi Fi hotspot; a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof; and an exquisitely designed, electrically operated bottle cooler.

Talk about an overload of top-line luxury features. We’re wondering just how much this bad-boy with cost.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Bentley Mulsanne.

Posted on by Simona  

Everyone has their own way of celebrating a victory, but Infiniti Red Bull Racing has one of the most interesting ways.

The team just won the 2013 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship, and Sebastian Vettel, won the World Drivers’ Championship for the fourth year in a row. To celebrate this outstanding result, Red Bull released a video showing former F1 driver David Coulthard doing doughnuts on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel, in Dubai.

What’s very cool is that the Burj Al Arab hotel has a total height of 1,053 feet, so you could likely imagine what may have happened if Coulthard lost control of the car even for a second. On the other hand, that height is well out of the jurisdiction of any police, so Coulthard could have all the fun in the world without worrying about the red and blues.

Enjoy the video, you can ensure you it is breathtaking!


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