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 |  Dec 14 2013, 11:01 AM

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In Bentley‘s return to racing at the Gulf 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi, the British automaker’s Continental GT3 finished in a respectable fourth place.

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 |  Dec 02 2013, 1:55 PM

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The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster made its world premiere in style on board an Italian aircraft carrier in Abu Dhabi.

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 |  Apr 08 2012, 6:02 PM

Back in 2008, Rolls-Royce collector Roland Hall special ordered a one-off Pininfarina that became known as the Hyperion.

A year later, Hall was clearly bored of his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe-based Hyperion selling it for around $6 million. The car has now resurfaced at an Abu Dhabi dealership and is listed for sale at an undisclosed price – we’re guessing it’s a lot. The unique Hyperion’s styling might not be for everybody, penned by Jason Castriota of former Saab fame and built by the Special Projects division at Pininfarina.

It’s powered by the same 6.75-liter V12 with 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Changes from the Drophead Coupe include removal of the rear seats with the driving position pushed back over 15 inches. The rest of the body was also made of carbon fiber, minus the doors which were crafted from solid wood.

GALLERY: Pininfarina Hyperion

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[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Feb 16 2012, 12:15 PM

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Following an investment from Abu Dhabi Motors, BMW has opened its largest showroom in the world in the Middle East.

In 2011, BMW had its greatest sales year ever in the Middle East, recording more than 18,000 BMWs and Minis sold. What better way to celebrate the good year than with the opening of a huge showroom.

The showroom will permanently display 70 cars, and 10 motorcycles for existing and potential customers to view. Also on display will be the latest and greatest models from BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini.

More than 450 staff members will work at the dealership selling cars, as well as a significant service area that is capable of servicing 120 vehicles at the same time.

The top selling vehicle in the region? The 7-series of course, accounting for 24% of total sales. Other popular vehicles were the 5 series (23%) and X6 (14%)

BMW is happy with the commitment from the region saying “The investment in this impressive and unique facility that makes the world’s biggest BMW Group showroom, is testament to the continued opportunities that lie ahead in Abu Dhabi and in the region”

GALLERY: Abu Dhabi BMW Dealership

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 |  Oct 19 2011, 6:45 PM

Sometimes a negative can really be a positive. Take the Blackberry outage that had users scrambling for a way to communicate earlier this week. It turns out that traffic accidents and fatalities fell drastically during that time period.

The three-day Blackberry service interruption and its effect on driving were especially evident in the Middle East. The National, a local English-language newspaper, reported that in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, accidents fell by 20 to 40 per cent.

“The roads became much safer when Blackberry stopped working,” said Brig. Gen. Hussein Al Harethi, director of the Abu Dhabi police traffic department.

In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, police said they noticed a significant decline in traffic accidents. The drivers most likely to be involved in distracted driving accidents are young men, and traffic accidents fell 20 per cent in Dubai and 40 per cent in Abu Dhabi. Even better news – there were no traffic fatalities during this time. Both countries have recently launched crackdowns on cell phone usage while driving, so this unplanned experiment couldn’t have happened at a better time.

It may take a few weeks to find out what the service interruption’s impact was on driving habits and accidents in other countries around the world.

[Source: Toronto Star]

 |  Aug 11 2011, 10:15 AM

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Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has probably never been at the top of your list of vacation destinations, that is, until the opening of the Ferrari World amusement park. Those curious as to what the amusement park has to offer can check out the video after the jump, highlighting the Ferrari-themed rollercoasters and other attractions, including a pit crew-themed acrobatics show.

Dubbed the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi features plenty of attractions for adults and kids all with an Italian theme out in the UAE. Ticket pricing isn’t too shabby either, with general admission around $60 dollars with kids at $45. Premium admission, which includes Fast-Track access to the rides and attractions and a Private Premium lounge with free food and drinks is about $135 for adults, $105 for kids. And don’t forget to pick up your obligatory Ferrari swag.

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 |  Apr 05 2011, 4:54 PM

Fog and speeding were to blame for an early-morning pileup that involved 127 cars and left one man dead on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway.

The accident happened at 8am on Saturday between the cities of Sahama and Ghantoot, where fog reduced visibility to less than 150 feet. The fog hampered the efforts of over 100 police, army, civil defense force and medical personnel, who were amazingly able to restore traffic flow in two hours.

“I was very lucky to have escaped,” said one driver. “I was driving behind a bus…I must have been 15 feet away from it when I heard a loud crash and veered out of the lane just in time to avoid a collision. I then heard several bangs in the background—more cars had crashed into the bus. There were a lot of buses involved in the crash—most of them carrying workers.”

Witnesses and drivers said that they were speeding at over 70 miles per hour, despite the conditions. The resulting accident stretched for over a mile and the fog caused other highways and bridges to be closed later that day.

[Source: Gulf News]

 |  Jan 23 2011, 4:32 PM

If you get pulled over for speeding in Abu Dhabi, you can’t use the old “I didn’t see the posted speed limit” excuse because it’s right there in front of you. There’s no missing the colored lanes with painted speed limits right on the roads.

Since Abu Dhabi has recently updated their speed limits for certain roads in and around the city, the municipality thought it would be a good idea to give drivers a unique warning to slow down. Sections of the road are now paved bright red asphalt and feature the new speed limit painted right on the lanes.

Officials say that the new measure will enhance road safety and ensure that drivers always know the speed limit.

[Source: Gulf News]

 |  Jan 23 2011, 2:46 PM

General Motors has long had a major presence in middle eastern markets, particularly in Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where it has sold large numbers of its American sedans (particularly full sized ones) like the Chevy Impala and Caprice, but with slight equipment differences.

However, there’s also a large percentage of sports car buyers in this part of the world, with the Corvette ranking is one of the more high profile offerings.

Recently, Chevrolet introduced updated variants of the Corvette for Middle Eastern consumption, changes include a Grand Sport model with the dual mode exhaust system as standard (it’s optional on the base car in this region), along with two new paint colors (Orange and Supersonic Blue), with contrasting headlamp pockets, plus an upgraded stereo, new wheel options and Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car GEN2 tires.

[Source: automiddleeast.com]

Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Chevrolet Grand Sport Review Here

 |  Aug 17 2010, 10:57 AM

With Middle East sales of their cars skyrocketing, Rolls Royce is following in the footsteps of their former stablemate at Bentley and introducing a special edition Phantom that celebrates the region.

The four door Phantom will be named after the Baynunah region of Abu Dhabi, with a sand-themed color palate both inside and out. The two-door Phantom, known as the Shaheen (a type of Falcon native to the region) is a little bit more extroverted, with a white exterior, and a striking red interior with “seashell” inserts and a Falcon motif on the headrests.

Rolls Royce customers in Abu Dhabi will also have access to the company’s bespoke program, which allows customers to go above and beyond the traditional options list to create truly custom cars.

[Source: Rolls Royce]

Hit the jump to read the official press release

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 |  Nov 17 2009, 11:43 AM

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In a country where exotic cars are (seemingly) as common as Camrys, the police are most certainly in need of a vehicle that can keep up. So the Abu Dhabi police service in the United Arab Emirates has just unveiled its secret weapon, a 485-hp Nissan GT-R.

Not much else is known about the car, but if you look around back you’re sure to notice the clever phrase, “We ensure you safety… in the fastest way.”

So it looks like we might be seeing a lot more Porsche GT2s pulled over on the side of the highway in Abu Dhabi.

GALLERY: R35 Nissan GT-R Police Car

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1,109 hp Mansory Modified Bugatti Veyron

New Butatti tuning line to be called Linea Vinceró

 |  Jan 13 2009, 6:45 PM

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Mansory has once again outdone itself, this time modifying a Bugatti Veyron. Alterations have been made in every area, including engine work and the interior.

The supercar will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March but pictures of the wild machine were snapped at Prestige MCars Abu Dhabi – Mansory’s Middle-East partner.

On the outside the vehicle gets a significant makeover thanks to plenty of new carbon fiber body panels. Up front new LED light bars were added and the large frot nose of the beast now plays home to a stylized V shape. The V is for Vinceró, the name of this specific range of Mansory modifications for the Veyron. Along with a new carbon fiber hood, the Mansory Veryon also gets a carbon fiber front splitter.

The rear of the vehicle has also been significantly redesigned with two large carbon fiber peices. The engine cover now features larger openings to help keep the Veyron’s engine cool and a new carbon fiber diffuser has been added to reduce lift in the rear of the car.

As mentioned, the Veyron gets a boost in power – all the way up to 1109hp. Torque is also up significantly to 966 ft-lbs.

Mansory even went so far as to design and build a new set of forged aluminum wheels.

As for the interior, well, you just have to see it to beleive it. We’re not sure if they let Spiderman loose in there or what.

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Rolls-Royce Coupé debuts in Abu Dhabi

Get yours in any one of 44,000 different available colors

 |  Jan 06 2009, 11:35 AM

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Unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce held the official street-launch of the new Coupé in Abu Dhabi – a market that continues to grow for the regal British brand.
Powered by the same 6.75-liter V-12 engine found in the sedan and Drophead Coupé, it makes 453hp at 5350 rpm and 531 ft-lbs of torque at 3500 rpm, good enough for a sprint to 60 mph n just 5.6 seconds – not bad for a vehicle that weights 6,724 lbs!

Rolls also boasts that the Cpupé has segment leading fuel economy – a fact that is not only irrelevant considering who is buying these cars, but also ironic considering where the launch took place.

Compared to the massive sedan, the Coupé is 9.8-inches shorter in length but features many of the Phantom’s signature styling cues. Owners can almost guarantee no other model will look like theirs as Rolls-Royce offers the Coupé in any one of 44,000 different colors.

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One original item is the optional “starlight headliner.” Made of 1,600 fiber-optics, it can give the impression of a star-filled night sky (or of a Las Vegas Casino built in the 1960s).

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

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Official Press Kit after the jump:

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