Dubai Motor Show: the supercar fair

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Five days of kermesse for 14 super sports new entries. Special series of Bugatti and Ferrari, an all gold Lexus and a 750 HP GLK!

Five days of kermesse for 14 super sports new entries. Special series of Bugatti and Ferrari, an all gold Lexus and a 750 HP GLK!

When appearance rhymes with opulence, the United Arab Emirates always give good lessons. Only these gentlemen would have thought of exhibiting one as a vehicle of recall All-gold SUV. It’s about a Lexus LX570, SUV of the high-end brand of the Toyota Group, which is presented at vernissage of the tenth edition of the Dubai Motor Show in one unprecedented dresses all in gold, made with 14 sheets of the precious metal superimposed. A pomp that is paired with the golden taps of the sheikhs’ yachts and which (fortunately) seems to remain a unique case.

Dubai Show, Tuesday to Sunday

There event, that opens its doors today for end on Sunday next, it promises glitz, horsepower overdoses, displays of vehicles that need wagons of gasoline to move. In the face of market crisis and the recent decline that has even affected the very rich Emirate. In any case, the review is important, for the automotive market of the Arab Emirates: according to a recent estimate by Business Monitor International, the growth in sales to the UAE is destined, by 2013, to to grow up of the 57% compared to 2008. How to say: a sales volume equal to 570,000 vehicles per year.

Lots of news, but above all supercars

There will be lots of news for the Middle East from Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. There is a large representation of low-emission cars: BMW Active Hybrid 7 and X6 Series, Chevrolet Volt, Lexus LS 600 HL, Mercedes S400 and Toyota 1 / X.

The mighty Arash

But in Dubai, inevitably, the eye is winked at unbridled luxury. Not surprisingly, the Salone presents the beauty of 14 supercars in the form of previews for the richer middle eastern market. The first car that catches the eye (it should be said) is the British Arash AF-10 (built in only 70 units), exclusive supercar with carbon frame and bodywork, equipped with the V8 7 liter of the Corvette Z06 reworked to deliver the power of 550 hp, for 330 km / h top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, at a price of approx. 370,000 euros.

A 750 HP GLK thanks to Brabus

Since the sheikhs go crazy for the A visually striking SUV and with a sound closer to a track car than a family 4 × 4, at the Dubai Motor Show Brabus, a German company that has always been a partner of Mercedes, leads to its debut the GLK V12, a revised and corrected version of the more compact Mercedes SUV: at the 4 × 4 it was increased the cubature of the 5.5 V12, now brought to 6.3 liters; the double turbocharger gives this car from 397,000 euros the power of 750 hp, for a maximum speed of 322 km / h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4 seconds.

Special series for the Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti exhibition space presents three editions of the Veyron 16.4, all inspired by the PurSang but characterized by stylistic elements that recall their name. The first of the special editions proposed in Dubai, Nocturne, has the car body in blue tinted carbon, with the engine hood and doors in midnight blue. For the second, Soleil De Nuit, the color combination is similar, with the only difference that the doors (in aluminum) are presented in gold. The third of the Veyron presented, Sang D’Argent, it is characterized by the car body in silver color.

Tribute to the legendary Corvette Stingray

The stand of the Corvette, which leads to Dubai the Stingray Concept, a celebratory version of the super sporty Chevrolet created earlier this year, and premiered at the Chicago Motor Show, for celebrate the first 50 years of Stingray.

In Ferrari we work on the Fiorano

Stay under the banner ofexclusivity the presence of Ferrari, which in recent years has built a second fortune in the Middle East, demonstrated by the acquisition of a part of the capital shares of Maranello from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The sportswoman present at the Dubai Motor Show is the HGTE 599 GTB, edition created to put a a further accent on sportiness on the 599 Fiorano: the power of 620 HP remains, but the grit given to the HGTE by the new exhausts, ultra-thin seats, carbon elements in the passenger compartment, a new ECU mapping and a more rigid structure increases.

BMW, here is the M1 Homage

The concept landscape is enriched by the presence of BMW M1 Homage, a unique model (already seen at the Villa D’Este Competition in 2008) which – as the name suggests – celebrates its illustrious progenitor: the BMW M1 which last year celebrated its 30th birthday.

Kia, via the Opirus and welcome Cadenza

Faced with so much opulence, the new Kia Cadenza seems to look like Cinderella. Yet it is a medium – high segment sedan, born to replace the Opirus and later destined for the Middle East market, which in size (it is 4.97 meters long and has a “wheelbase” of 2.85 meters) is even longer than a Mercedes E-Class, is equipped with three engines petrol with powers ranging from 165 to 290 hp.

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