I don’t know much about politics within in the United Arab Emirates, but I’m guessing the equivalent of the Tea Party doesn’t exist there. If that were the case, they would have been sent into a tizzy over the Abu Dhabi Police force’s latest acquisition: a $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport. It’s Abu Dhab’s latest salvo in a supercar arms race with its neighbors to the North in Dubai, which also boasts an impressive fleet of supercar police cruisers.

Aka the car Vin Diesel jumped from one building to another in Furious 7 and built by W Motors in Dubai, the Lykan Hypersport is limited to just seven examples. A Porsche-sourced twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six sits amidship and has been tuned by Germany’s Ruf to produce 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to propel it to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 245 mph.

That’s fast, but it doesn’t really explain the roughly $2 million premium over something like a LaFerrari. That’s where the assortment of precious stones comes in. The headlight assemblies feature titanium blades that can be bedazzled with your choice of diamonds, yellow diamonds, rubies, sapphires or emeralds. Inside, the seats get gold-wire stitching and the infotainment screen uses a holographic mid-air display interface.

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Why it matters

The supercars owned by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi police departments aren’t used to chase down bad guys. Rather, they’re deployed to cruise around attractions like the Burj Khalifa or Yas Island Marina to promote tourism and add to the glitz and glamor of their cities.

The Lykan is the Abu Dhabi Police Department’s latest and by far most expensive addition to a fleet that already includes a Nissan GT-R, Chevy Camaro SS, Ford F-150 Raptor and Rolls Royce Phantom. If you’re keeping score, Dubai’s fleet includes a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, Aston Martin One-77, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, McLaren MP4-12C, Bugatti Veyron and a whole lot more we’re probably forgetting about.

Lykan Hypersport

2013 W Motors Lykan Hypersport High Resolution Exterior
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Source: zero2turbo

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