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Automakers Celebrate Lifting Of Ban On Women Drivers In Saudi Arabia

Automakers Celebrate Lifting Of Ban On Women Drivers In Saudi Arabia

Marketing campaigns should be in full swing sooner than later

We knew it was coming sooner than later. Now that the women of Saudi Arabia are all set to be allowed to drive, automakers from all over the world have been quick to react to the ground-breaking news, celebrating the development on the social media with hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.

Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were the first automakers to post their congratulations and promote themselves to the women of Saudi Arabia, getting the word out early that they’re ready to welcome women drivers into the driver’s seat for the first time in the history of the Middle Eastern country. The quick response to the living of the driving ban was a smart move, particularly because of the business potential that it offers for a lot of these companies. Data gathered by The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association revealed that Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of vehicles and parts in the entire Middle East region. At the same time, data from LMC Automotive pointed to Saudi Arabia as the 21st biggest automotive market in the world, a figure that could go up with the potential of having more customers by virtue of lifting the ban. In total, Merrill Lynch estimates that as many as nine million potential new drivers could be in the hunt for new cars in Saudi Arabia, including 2.7 million resident non-Saudi women. With all these numbers being thrown out, it’s no wonder that companies like Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were quick to roll out the carpet for Saudi women. It’s going to be great for business!

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Dubai Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S And Model X Taxis

Dubai Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S And Model X Taxis

This is what an abundance of riches look like

Just in case Dubai’s propensity for excess isn’t clear enough already, the Middle Eastern country is doing a bang-up job of living up to that reputation. No, nobody bought a new one-off supercar. Affluent folks from that area have more than enough of those cars in their garages as it is. There is a purchase to report though, and it comes by way of Dubai’s main taxi company, the Dubai Taxi Corporation, which has taken delivery of 50 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, all of which are set to be used as part of a massive autonomous taxi fleet in the future.

Yes, whereas I’m stuck with Toyota Corolla taxis from where I’m from, Dubai has Model S and Model X taxis that are waiting to be served up to the public. All in all, 200 Model S and Model X units are headed to the oil-rich nation where they will arrive in batches – 50 this year, 75 in 2018, and 75 in 2019. All 200 models are expected to spearhead the government’s plan to turn the country into a leader in the self-driving taxi space, a goal that’s becoming more and more within reach considering how aggressively the country’s leaders are pushing for it.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes

2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes

A colorful look at Abu Dhabi’s colorful trading history

By now, you’ve probably seen your fair share of one-off, exclusive Rolls-Royce models the automaker’s Bespoke personalization division created for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi as part of the dealership’s Wisdom Limited Collection. Well, we’re down to the last one-off exclusive and it’s a good one. It’s called the "Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes" and by far it’s the most colorful of all the one-off Rolls-Royce models that make up the collection.

Like most of its contemporaries in the Wisdom Limited Collection, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Inspired by Ancient Trading Routes is largely defined by the use of exclusive colors in its body and interior. In this case, Rolls-Royce Bespoke went for a colorful approach to signify the region’s rich trading history with other countries, most notably India and China, and the routes that these traders took to get their products in and out of their respective regions. It’s a fitting tribute to a significant part of Abu Dhabi’s history that helped shape the country into the booming urban jungle that it has become.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn

2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn

Abu Dhabi’s oldest stone building gets its turn in Rolls-Royce’s Wisdom Limited Collection

The relationship between British luxury car brand Rolls-Royce and a Middle Eastern country like Abu Dhabi is ever-evolving. We already know that Abu Dhabi is one of the automaker’s biggest markets, third only to the U.S. and China. That hasn’t changed despite stagnating sales in the region, which Rolls-Royce blamed on economic and political uncertainty. Even if there is a relative downturn in business in Abu Dhabi, it’s still a significant market for the company as properly shown by Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi.

We’ve gone through a number of one-off models that make up this seven-model collection. Now we’re turning our attention towards the "Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn." Like the rest of the Rolls models that make up this collection, the Phantom Coupe Inspired by Qasr-Al Hosn is heavily dressed up and inspired by something that’s unique to Abu Dhabi. In this case, it’s Qasr-Al Hosn, considered as the oldest stone building in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and a national landmark at that for its long and rich history. For its part, Rolls-Royce Bespoke kept with the theme of the Wisdom Limited Collection, presenting the Phantom Coupe as inspired by one of Abu Dhabi’s most important landmarks.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Sheikh Zayed Bridge

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired By Sheikh Zayed Bridge

The hidden feature of this one-off Wraith is a Rolls-Royce Bespoke specialty

Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for the Abu Dhabi market has given birth to some very interesting creations. One of those works, the Phantom Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, paid tribute to one of the largest mosques in the world that also happened to have been named after the founder and first president of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The famed architect’s influence on the collection doesn’t just end there, though, because another member of this exclusive collection is the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s tribute piece to the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, considered as one of the most intricately designed bridges in the world.

The details on the Wraith Inspired by Sheikh Zayed Bridge may not be as intricate as the ones found on its Phantom counterpart, but they still capture the essence of the world-famous bridge, right down to the use of blue, white, and silver as the main colors. The free-flowing aesthetic is evident in the exterior and interior of the imposing coupe, just as the Sheikh Zayed Bridge’s massive, curved-design arches casts a daunting presence on the entire country. And if you’re really patient with the details on this car, you’d be very surprised at what Rolls-Royce did to its interior. It’s not the most fashionable cabin in the collection, but it sure is the one you’d want to be in when you’re tired and ready to sleep. After all, very few things are as relaxing as sleeping under the stars.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry

The UAE’s majestic bird gets the Rolls-Royce Bespoke treatment

By now, it’s been established that Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi has evolved into the perfect showcase for the British luxury brand’s personalization division. Not that it needed to prove that creations like the Wraith Inspired by Film, Wraith Inspired by Music, and Wraith Inspired by Rugby already made that claim emphatically. However, seeing these seven, one-off creations perfectly encapsulates what Rolls-Royce Bespoke is fully capable of if given a blank canvas to work its magic. Take the Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Falconry for example. From a distance, it looks like a clean, all-white Rolls-Royce Wraith that’s no different from other Wraiths of its kind. But once you come closer to the car, you start noticing details that identify it as a true one-off piece.

That’s the kind of treatment that Rolls-Royce Bespoke is capable of. You can even see that from within the Wisdom Limited Collection, specifically how different each model is from one another, and that’s when you consider that there are actually two Wraith models in the collection. One of them is the Wraith Inspired by the Sheikh Zayed Bridge and the other is this one, the Wraith Inspired by Falconry. Two exact same models given two completely different identities. This is the kind of thing you can expect from Rolls-Royce Bespoke. As far as car personalizations go, Rolls-Royce’s division is as good as it’s going to get.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

One-off creation tells the story of the region’s history with pearls

The Rolls-Royce remains the British automaker’s newest model. That’s going to be the case until the Cullinan SUV arrives in the next year or two. For now, the Dawn remains the new kid on the Rolls-Royce block, and that status affords the company plenty of opportunities to get creative with presenting the luxury droptop. We’ve seen the Dawn get turned into the Bespoke Porto Corvo. We’ve seen it get a Fashion Edition treatment. Now, it’s being used as part of Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi’s new Wisdom Collection. This, fine folks, is the Rolls-Royce Dawn inspired by Pearling Tradition.

You’ve probably pieced together by now that this exclusive Rolls-Royce Dawn makes up a collection of Rolls-Royce models that have been designed to celebrate its presence in the Middle Eastern region. It certainly goes without saying that the company considers the Emirates as one of its biggest markets, stagnating sales notwithstanding. The Wisdom Collection that includes the special edition Dawn is made up of a total of seven different one-off models, one each for every model that Rolls makes and, somewhat curiously, two for the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Each of the seven one-off models also pays tribute to a unique heritage of Abu Dhabi, with the one-off Dawn specifically shining a spotlight on the Arabian Pearl, one of the most sought-after types of pearls in the world.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired By Desert Rose

2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired By Desert Rose

This is one Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe that we wouldn’t mind owning

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke personalization program has given us a lot of interesting creations over the years. The expansion of the British automaker’s lineup has provided RRB with even more opportunities to make some creative special edition models, but for a time, Rolls-Royce Bespoke was limited to just the Phantom, the Ghost, and all the other iterations of both models. One such iteration, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, has gone through the hands of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, which created beauties like the Olympic Editions, Art Deco Special Edition, and most recently, the “inspired by Desert Rose” Edition.

Officially, this model is called the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by Desert Rose. It makes up one of seven models that Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi commissioned Rolls-Royce Bespoke to make to celebrate the automaker’s presence in the Middle Eastern country. The whole lot of one-off, Rolls-Royce models is referred to as the Wisdom Collection. In addition to the Desert Rose, Rolls-Royce also created the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Edition, the Qasr Al-Hosn Edition, and the Ancient Trade Routes Edition. The Desert Rose Edition takes the cake though for being the cleanest looking of all seven models. The treatment it received works incredibly well on a car like the Phantom Drophead Coupe, blending supreme Rolls-Royce class and luxury with the mesmerizing tranquility of the unique flower.

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Why is the new E-Class showing "Qibla" on its new Compass? Because Middle-East...

Why is the new E-Class showing "Qibla" on its new Compass? Because Middle-East...

Not "Because Racecar."

Mercedes has, on more than one occasion, boasted its relentless strategy for growth. Markets like China, Germany, and the U.S., taking up a big portion of the brand’s motivation to grow. It might sound surprising to some, but the Middle East is also a key market for the German manufacturer.

This fact was made evident years ago. In fact, in a conversation with Gulf Business back in 2013, Matthias Luhrs – the VP of global sales at Mercedes-Benz – said, “The Middle East is one of our defined core markets for our 2020 strategy and forms a major or very important part in this growth path.” He continued, “The implication is if you do a region strategy, you’d only do that if it’s an important region or market. Besides markets [such as] China, Germany, U.S., Canada, there’s other growing markets than these three big and one of the major focused markets for us is the Middle East.”

So, how important is the Middle East to Mercedes? It’s important enough that the onboard compass on the Mercedes E-Class actually has an option to turn on a Qibla marker. That’s right; Mercedes sees the Middle East as such an important market that it went out of its way to add a special feature that indicates exactly which direct anyone of Muslim faith should face when praying.

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Businessman Pays Almost $5 Million For "1" License Plate

Businessman Pays Almost $5 Million For "1" License Plate

Even by automotive standards, this purchase is about as head-scratching as it gets

So you have $5 million. Imagine the things that you can do with it. If you’re in the market for a supercar, you can buy anything the industry has to offer, including the Koenigsegg One:1, the Bugatti Chiron, and even wait for the upcoming the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar. If you have a good dealer, you might even be able to fit in two of those cars with that budget. But Emirati businessman, Arif Ahmad Al Zarouni, is cut from a different cloth. A very, very different cloth. See, Al Zarouni recently spent $4.9 million on a license plate. A freakin’ license plate.

To be fair, the license plate he bought carried the number “1,” which is apparently a huge deal for car collectors in the United Arab Emirates. Al Zarouni himself admitted that he always wanted to own the “1” license plate and was prepared to bid with an open check to get it. That’s exactly what he did at an auction organized over the weekend, beating out a handful of other bidders to secure the license plate of his dreams, paying 18 times more than the indicated reserve price on the item.

If that’s not a clear-cut example of flexing your lavish wealth, the entire auction took the honors in doing that. According to event organizer Emirates Auction, 1,340 bidders participated in the event, 60 of whom paid a knee-buckling $13.6 million on special license plates. The “1” plate may have been the biggest winner of the lot, but the “12” and “22” plates did pretty well for themselves too, fetching prices of around $563,550 and $566,300, respectively.

The sheer absurdity of these plates fetching bids deep in six-figure territory helped the auction earn its status as one of the biggest auctions ever organized in the United Arab Emirates. All because Arif Ahmad Al Zarouni wanted the “1” and did just about everything in the power of his check book to see that he won it.

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2016 Nissan Patrol Nismo

2016 Nissan Patrol Nismo

In 2014 I put together a list of ten cool cars that we can’t have in the U.S., which included vehicles that are mostly restricted to the European and Australian markets. With Nissan having just launched the Patrol Nismo, it’s time to update that list as this SUV isn’t coming to North America.

Developed specifically for the Middle East, the the Patrol Nismo was unveiled in Dubai, where Nissan just launched its high-performance sub-brand. Though it may sound hard to believe, the SUV is exactly what its name says: a beefed-up Patrol created by the same people that are responsible for the awesome GT-R Nismo and Juke-R. Sure, it may not be powered by the almighty twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 found in the AWD supercar, but it has plenty of power to brag about, as well as a long list of Nismo add-ons inside and out.

Unfortunately, the Patrol Nismo is being offered exclusively in the United Arab Emirates for the time being and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. And it’s all bad news for the U.S. too, as the Patrol isn’t available in North America and bringing the Nismo-badged version here doesn’t make any sense for the Japanese. But despite its limited availability, the Patrol Nismo is an SUV worth looking into, and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit

2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit

2014 brought us rumors of BMW working on a performance-oriented 3 Series that would slot between the 340i and the 2016 BMW M3 in terms of output. This spawned yet another rumor that Munich might do the same with the 4 Series to give the nameplate a proper competitor for the 2016 Audi S5 and the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe. However, BMW has yet to confirm it and word has it the Germans might have cancelled the project, despite the big gap between the range-topping, non-M model and the M-badged trim. Meanwhile, if a sexier and more powerful version of the 435i is what you need, but you can’t afford the M4, BMW has you covered with the M Performance Power kit.

The first 4 Series to sport this upgrade is actually a convertible model. The drop-top seen here was showcased at the brand’s dealership in Abu Dhabi before the lucky customer who commissioned it came in to take it home and enjoy those sunny weekends in the Arabian Peninsula.

Unlike the wide array of Individual-badged Bimmers that usually receive a special paint job, a set of custom wheels, and a full leather interior, the M Performance Parts kit brings a lot more to the table. As the name suggests, it also adds a body kit to the car, and, more importantly, adds more power under the hood. Check out the full details below.

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2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

BMW is no stranger to special-edition versions of its cars, but customers in Abu Dhabi are getting an extra special treat. As a special collection of various BMW Individual options, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is an exquisite showcase of how much customization that is available for the right price. Better yet, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe having been on the market for a few years now, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is a good way to potentially keep this vehicle fresh in the growing segment of “four-door coupes.”

The key element of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is its expensive Pure Metal Silver paint job. Introduced late last year on the BMW M5, this chrome-effect color contains aluminum flakes within the water-based paint, and it goes through a special paint process (different than all other paint jobs) to ensure protection. The paint material alone is 40 times more expensive than conventional paint, and when combined with the added work that goes into applying the hue, the end result is a paint option north of $10,000. If you’re looking for a unique color that is deep and brilliant, this is your car.

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BMW i8 Joins Dubai Police Fleet

BMW i8 Joins Dubai Police Fleet

If it rides on four wheels and costs a lot of money, you can probably find it rolling around somewhere in Dubai. And while it’s true that the general populace usually sees their transportation needs met by some form of exotic machinery, the local police force is equally keen on being whisked to and fro in something lavish, excessive, and very fast.

We’ve seen Bugatti Veyron cruisers and Lotus Evora ambulances, and now it looks as though the BMW i8 will join the ranks of white-and-green, UAE-style law enforcement.

And why not? Not only will the hybrid sports car have the speed necessary to track down baddies, but it’ll also save a few Dirhams at the gas pump, all in super-efficient, Euro eco-luxury.

While extravagant, the addition of an i8 to the Dubai police fleet shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the list of other high-dollar cars in service. A partial inventory would include the Lexus RC F, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari FF, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS, Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4 12C, Mercedes G63, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and the Audi R8.

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2015 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

2015 BMW 335i M Performance Edition

The BMW 3 Series first set rubber on North American soil in 1977, as the replacement for the 2002, leaving the new model with some pretty large shoes to fill. In 2012, the 3 underwent its sixth generational overhaul, which also began the phasing out of the coupe and convertible 3 Series, that would later become the 4 Series. As we continue through the 2015 model year, the 3 Series continues strong, with its most powerful non-M version being the 335i. With its 300 ponies on tap, it’s no surprise that BMW Abu Dhabi saw it fit to customize a 2015 335i and post it on Facebook for all of us to drool over.

This one-off Bimmer features the M Sport Line appearance package and enough custom work to make seeing a duplicate unlikely. Fortunately, the Middle Eastern dealership didn’t stop after customizing the body, as it did a little wrench work under the hood, too.

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic

The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a successor to the Arnage and a competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Launched in the United States for the 2010 model year, the Mulsanne also revived a nameplate previously used between 1980 and 1992. Relatively unchanged since its introduction – there was only an equipment update in 2013 — the Mulsanne awaits a much-needed facelift in 2015. Meanwhile, the British company continues to roll out special-edition models of the luxury sedan, the latest of which is the Majestic.

Specifically crafted for the Middle East, the Majestic package brings bespoke exterior paint and exclusive 21-inch wheels to the Mulsanne, as well as additional luxury features inside. Various options that enable customers to make their version unique are also available. Bentley plans to build only 15 of these cars and sell them through selected dealers in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in hopes of giving Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke-crafted products a run for their money. Is the Mulsanne Majestic luxurious enough for the highly customizable and opulent Ghost Series II? Keeping reading to find out.

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Dubai Desert Run To Oman With Shmee150: Video

Dubai Desert Run To Oman With Shmee150: Video

Shmee150 is back at it again, as if anything the man does surprises us anymore. We honestly don’t know how he does it, but every time there’s a gathering of supercars in any part of the world, Shmee150 is immediately on the scene. Does he have some kind of device that transports him to any location on the planet where there are supercars? Does he get an alert on his phone every time an event is about to go down so he can hop inside his teleportation device and jump to where the event is taking place? We ask these questions because of the recent Desert Run, which featured a roster of high-priced exotics partaking in a joyride from Dubai to Oman, included 50 supercars, and guess who else was there. Shmee150! Seriously, what’s your secret, man?

All joking and jealousy-induced barbs aside, the Desert Run featured a litany of supercars that had us furiously trying to name all of them as they appeared on the 10-minute video. We spotted a McLaren P1, a Koenigsegg Agera, a Ford GT, and a handful of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and McLarens to make us wonder what we have to do to own one of these supercars. Is it really that hard to win the lottery? At one point, a flame-spitting McLaren 12C even made a startling cameo. Goodness gracious.

The video did come with a few humorous moments, including the sight of seeing all these supercars trying to navigate around Dubai traffic. No matter how fast or powerful your are, you’re still subjected to the laws of the stoplight! But what really got us snickering happened later in the video when according to Shmee, all 50 cars that made the joy ride were pulled over simultaneously as they approached the border to the United Arab Emirates. Shmee did say that everything was smoothed over and all 50 cars eventually found their way into their destination in Jebel Hafeet.

In the end, the man looked pretty exhausted after the epic road trip, which might suggest that he’s still human after all.

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Video: 2015 Ford Mustang Atop The World's Tallest Building

Video: 2015 Ford Mustang Atop The World’s Tallest Building

Remember the stunt Ford Motor Company pulled with the 2015 Mustang debut for the 2014 New York Auto Show? The automaker put a Mustang atop the Empire State building, having hauled it up the elevators in pieces and assembling the non-working car in place. Well Ford has repeated the high-altitude Mustang reveal atop the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai.

The festivities took place in celebration of Ford’s establishment of its new Middle East and Africa headquarters and expansion in the 67 markets there. The automaker is expecting those markets to grow some 40 percent to 5.5 million vehicles by 2020.

Supply for the anticipated demand will be met with 25 promised new vehicle launches in the region by 2016, including the Mustang.

The high-flying event was broadcast live on YouTube for viewers around the world and on large screens in the Dubai downtown area encircling the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalif. The time laps video above shows the insane height of the skyscraper. The Mustang build took place on an observation deck on the 112th floor, some 1,300 feet above the ground.

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2015 Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe

2015 Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a spiritual successor to the Corniche V. Based on the 100EX concept car and built on a platform similar to the Phantom’s, the Drophead Coupe became the company’s most expensive model, combining state-of-the-art technology, an unprecedented level of luxury and an enormous amount of customization options. The 44,000 exterior color combinations Rolls-Royce offers for this model are just some of the many options customers can have their Drophead Coupe delivered with. Updated for the 2013 model year, the drop-top comes with a 453-horsepower, 6.75-liter V-12 engine under its hood, with a ZF, eight-speed autobox doing the shifting. The vehicle remains unchanged as we venture into 2015, but, in the familiar Rolls-Royce fashion, more and more Bespoke-built versions of the Drophead Coupe are being showcased around the world.

The latest Bespoke piece to come out of Goodwood, UK is the Maharaja Drophead Coupe, a convertible inspired by the Golden Age of the Raja and India’s affinity for the luxury marque. Although built for a customer in Dubai, this Drophead Coupe pays homage to the relationship the company had with India’s princes and Maharajas, who purchased over 840 unique Rolls-Royce vehicles over a period of five decades.

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Video: The Dubai Super Sprint Is All Sorts Of Awesome

Video: The Dubai Super Sprint Is All Sorts Of Awesome

I’ve seen my fair share of supercar runs over the years, but I honestly haven’t seen anything quite like the Dubai Super Sprint. Then again, the event was held in Dubai and you know that when the wealthy folks over there decide to to meet up for an afternoon’s worth of joyrides, nobody’s going to bring any Toyotas or Mazdas to the gathering.

What they did bring is arguably the greatest collection of supercars you’ll ever see. From classics like the Ferrari F40 to modern marvels like the McLaren P1, it seems that each and every exotic ever made was represented at the Dubai Super Sprint.

We invite you to try to list down every supercar you see in this video. Best be warned, though. It’s going to be an exhausting and ultimately fruitless exercise.

Heck, even the Dubai Police Force’s collection of police supercars were in attendance. We don’t know if they participated in the run or they were just there to “maintain order” among their supercar brethren.

Whatever the case may be, the Dubai Super Sprint is the supercar run that has found its way into my own personal bucket list.

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Dubai Gets a Lotus Evora Ambulance

Dubai Gets a Lotus Evora Ambulance

You’ve probably heard about some of the crazy cars that Dubai deploys for law enforcement; standouts include the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, and even a Bugatti Veyron. Nevermind issuing speeding tickets to billionaire oil tycoons, what if you find yourself in need of prompt medical attention? Fear not, because the latest addition to this fleet of outrageous public service vehicles is the Lotus Evora Ambulance. Obviously, in this group, the term “first responder” is taken to a whole new level.

According to the UAE publication The National, special on-board equipment includes the usual ambulance affair: splints, cardiac defibrillators, and oxygen bags, plus a “mobile data terminal” to keep track of important patient medical information. Additionally, a pair of Mustangs will compliment the 160-mph Evora. Thanks to a better power-to-weight ratio and increased handling capabilities, officials hope the sports car ambulances will help cut average response time down from eight minutes to under four.

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2014 Pagani Zonda 760

2014 Pagani Zonda 760

The Pagani Zonda may be 14 years old, but it seems the company’s first supercar is simply refusing to retire. The main reason behind its prolonged life is that customer order keep pouring in. This is how the bespoke 760 series was born, which, as of September 2014, included just two unique models: the 760 LM and the 760 X. Four months after the Le Mans-like LM was delivered to its owner, Pagani created yet another model, this time refer to as the 760, with no initials whatsoever. According to Prototype Zero, the third Zonda of the 760 series was delivered in Dubai to an unknown but wealthy collector.

Like most recent Zondas, this specific 760 is unique, showcasing a combination of exterior and interior features not seen on any other supercar of its kind. Is this the final Zonda to come out of Italy? Well, we thought about that with each 760 series model and the Italians returned with a new iteration every time. This 760 could very well mark the end of an era for Pagani, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait a while longer to find that out. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at Pagani’s latest creation below.

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2014 Lexus LX 570 Supercharger

2014 Lexus LX 570 Supercharger

Just like the RX crossover, the LX full-size SUV has helped define the Lexus brand in terms of luxury and capability. And the recipe was pretty much simple, blending the off-road potential and reliability of the Toyota Land Cruiser’s platform with a sumptuous and comfortable interior and rounding things off with a commanding exterior design.

Sure, the third-generation LX is getting a little old compared to its rivals, but no serious manufacturer really wants to dismiss it just yet. Its more recent facelift came for the 2013 model year, which means we’re stuck with the current layout for another couple of years, but the company’s Kuwaiti dealer decided the LX 570 needs yet another update.

You might be tempted to think we’re talking about a more luxurious version of the SUV, with gold-plated cabin inlays and maybe some Swarovski crystals here there, but that’s not the case. The appearance changes were actually done in good taste, but the most important improvement took place under the hood, where a supercharger was fitted to increase output beyond the 400-horsepower mark.

It sounds exciting yes, but don’t start dreaming just yet. This special edition LX isn’t likely to come to North America. However, that didn’t stop us from having a closer look at the vehicle and highlight all of its brand-new features.

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