A 700 horsepower patrol car may be very useful for high-speed car chases — or maybe it just perfectly complements the opulent display of wealth that has become Dubai’s forte.
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The latest addition to the emirate’s collection of glamorous possessions is a slick white-and-green Lamborghini Aventador for its police force, reported Yahoo Autos. The announcement was made through the force’s twitter feed, @DubaiPoliceHQ, which sparked off a frenzy of tweets with the hash tag #OnlyinDubai.
According to Emirates 24/7, Dubai’s police force cited enhanced patrolling abilities to justify its purchase of the $550, 000 dollar police car, while 7 Days in Dubai quoted a director of the police force saying that the aesthetic appeal of the car would help illustrate the city’s class. The car has been customized for highway patrol, reported Emirates 24/7. According to recent police figures, 15% of traffic fines issued in Dubai every day are for driving at speeds in excess of 130 m.p.h., reported Sky News. The Aventador can hits speeds of up to 216 m.p.h.
The Lamborghini carries a customized license plate — the number 8 — and is already on the streets, although as a two-seater it’s not going to be carting off many suspects, reported 7 Days in Dubai — much to the disappointment of this tweeter, “Officer, please cuff me in the Aventador and throw away the keys.”