Showstoppers at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show
The beauty about most major motor shows is that they house both, the affordable city beaters the majority of us drive and the exquisite automobiles that we can only afford to admire. As the title suggests, this article focuses on the latter – the sort of cars you see on bedroom walls and laptop screensavers of petrolheads all around the world…
Aston Martin DB10: Assembled in Warwickshire, the DB10 is a bespoke two-door coupé that redefines exclusivity. Made especially for the James Bond film Spectre, the DB10 looks splendid and has the power to match. With a sonorous 4.7 litre V8 residing under the deeply sculpted hood, the striking Brit shares a glimpse of the future for the next generation of Aston Martins.
Audi R8: Positioned as the thinking man’s sports car, the Audi R8 has earned a cult following amongst those who perceive the Italian offerings to be a little too garish. The mid-engine V10 with 610 horsepower and reworked Quattro system allow the German to hit the 100 km/h mark in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h. Quite simply, it is 1,454 kilograms of perfection.
Dodge Charger Hellcat: America’s answer to the German performance trinity, the Charger Hellcat is 707 horses of untamed, violent monstrosity. With downshift rev-matching and a top speed of 328 km/h, the Charger Hellcat is more than just the most powerful sedan to ever sport the brand’s insignia; it’s a work of art.
Ferrari 488 Spider: The latest chapter in Maranello’s ongoing history of sports cars, the 488 GTB is the most aerodynamic open-top Ferrari to ever be built. Powered by a turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 engine, the Italian supercar crosses the 100 km/h mark in 3 seconds flat and achieves 200 km/h in a meagre 8.7 seconds.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder: A screamer 5.2 litre V10, 610 horsepower, and a top speed of 324 km/h, what’s not to like about this beauty from Bologna? And just in case you weren’t already drooling, it takes its top off in just 17 seconds.
McLaren 570S: The first model in the recently launched Sports Series, the 570S introduces the brand into the sports car realm. Rivalling the Porsche 911 Turbo S at AED 650,000, the 570S is hailed as being the marque’s most useable car to date. All we know is… it’s ludicrously pretty!
Rolls-Royce Dawn: Borrowing inspiration from the elegant and timeless Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn of the 1940s and 1950s, the Dawn is a refined four-seater convertible that looks stunning and differentiates itself from its stable mates by featuring unique body panels spanning nearly 80% of the car. Being a Rolls-Royce, it’s also the quietest convertible in the world.
W-Motors Fenyr: Like its predecessor, the Lykan Hypersport, the Fenyr features a rather futuristic and aggressively styled outer shell. To match its scowling expression, it packs a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged flat-six from Porsche tuner, Ruf. With 900 horsepower on tap, it completes the 100 km/h sprint in less than 2.7 seconds and only runs out of juice at 400 km/h.
So, which of these showstoppers have got you weak in the knees?