460 Horsepower Maserati GranTurismo Joins Dubai’s Police Force
The Dubai Police has possibly some of the world’s most coveted cars in its fleet – the latest addition being a Maserati GranTurismo. This brings the total number of luxury patrol vehicles in the Dubai Police’s fleet to 15. Part of this Uber expensive collection includes a Lamborghini Aventador, BMW i8, and an Audi R8. The stupendously gorgeous Maserati GranTurismo only adds to the charm of the city’s finest.
The GranTurismo that has been inducted into the police’s premier fleet was delivered to them by Maserati’s sole importer-dealer in the UAE – Al Tayer Motors. Speaking at the occasion of this grand delivery, Jad Elias, Vice President of Sales for Maserati at Al Tayer Motors commented, “Al Tayer Motors is one of the UAE’s leading automotive dealerships with a wide range of luxury brands and we are pleased to continue our support to the futuristic vision of Dubai Police in providing innovative services and support to residents and visitors in the city.”
Wearing the Dubai Police’s characteristic white and dark green livery, the latest addition to the police’s exotic fleet was inaugurated by none other than Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police. The ceremony was also attended by Major Major General Dr Al Salal Saeed bin Huwaidi Al Falasi, Assistant Commandant for Administration Affairs, Dr Mubarak Saeed Benawas Al-Kutbi, Director of the Tourist Police Department, and Domenico La Marte, General Manager, Maserati Middle East and Africa.
The Maserati GranTurismo is characterised by its artistically sculpted exterior design, and one of the most evocative engine soundtracks in the entire auto industry. This is something which Domenico La Marte knows only too well, as he said, “Over the years, the GranTurismo has evolved into one of the most iconic Maserati cars ever built, thanks to its uncompromised GT character, perfectly expressed by a uniquely compelling combination of bold yet elegant design; the exhilarating, inspirational performance of a naturally aspirated V8 engine.”
Apart from its intrinsically eye-catching styling and a leather-clad interior, its powertrain is what captivates enthusiasts the most. This is because under that sculpted bonnet, sits a naturally-aspirated, 4.7-litre V8. Consuming over 15 litres of petrol ever 100 kilometres and belching out over 330 grams of CO2 every other kilometre, this longitudinally-mounted direct-injection motor is a true work of art. It produces 460 hp at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive configuration.
Fire-walling the throttle in the GranTurismo will inevitably result in you being slingshot from nought to 100 km/h in an exuberant (and really vocal) 4.7 seconds. Keep that right foot pinned and the speedometer will soon register a top speed of around 300 km/h. Of course, the Dubai Police-owned GranTurismo will likely not see those kinds of performance numbers as its purpose in the police’s fleet is entirely different. And might I add, far more civil.
As with all the other high-end luxury and sports cars in their fleet, the Maserati GranTurismo will be relegated to frequenting popular touristy areas in Dubai. The General Directorate of Dubai Police also added that its primary objective with the acquisition of such exotic vehicles was to create public awareness and promoting safety. It emphasised that it seeks to enhance the security presence of police officers in important and high demand tourist destinations such as Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) to name a few. Meanwhile, General Directorate is aiming to simultaneously modernise and upgrade other vehicles that are currently being used by the Dubai Police.