Dubai International Motor Show – Overview

Dubai and its show-stealing cars of 2017

The Dubai International Motor Show is a biannual showcase of the best the MENA automotive market has to offer. Tomorrow, the event will close its doors until 2019, but has already left an indelible mark on the international motor show calendar.

As you would expect from an event boasting the tagline ‘eye it, try it, buy it’, the Dubai International Motor Show has brought together global manufacturers, distributors, industry specialists, key-buyers, and thousands of passionate motoring enthusiasts. Here are our highlights of this year’s exclusive car launches and show-stopping cars.

The Icona Vulcano Titanium adopts design language of spawned from symbols of power and beauty, both man-made and in nature: the titanium-made Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and the image of flowing lava. Boasting 680 hp, a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of just over 217 mph, its arrival in Dubai is sure to cause an eruption.

The Icona Vulcano Titanium is just one of the supercars you’ll find on the ‘Boulevard of Dreams’, an exclusive collection of supercars being showcased at Dubai.

Of course, supercars are almost commonplace in Dubai. The MENA connoisseur car collector demands something a little more special. Luckily, W Motors specialise in exclusivity. Enter the Fenyr Supersport, named after the most aggressive and vicious wolf in Norse mythology. It represents the company’s second model, joining the Lykan HyperSport – of which only seven were made.

The RIMAC CONCEPT_ONE has already created a global stir, gaining notorious fame as the most recent car Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has crashed in. But with 1,554 hp, this high-performance electric car is as challenging to perceptions of alternative-fuel vehicles as it is to apparently drive. Featuring innovative technology, such as all-wheel torque vectoring, unique powertrain architecture, and a graphical infotainment display designed from scratch, the CONCEPT_ONE is firmly embracing the future and the MENA market.

Dubai International Motor Show goers will also be among the first to see the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the AMG Project 1, and the ITALDESIGN ZEROUNO.

But there’s still plenty to whet the appetites of those with more down-to-earth budgets. The new 2018 Range Rover Sport will be making its MENA debut, alongside Jaguar’s biggest Dubai lineup yet. And the exciting KIA Stinger will be on pre-launch display

And the land of dunes has something for aspiring off-roaders and SUV drivers too. There’s the new Infiniti QX80, offering expansive, luxurious comfort for up to eight people. Alternatively, Ford’s Expedition eight-seater will also be unveiled at the show, before being rolled out region-wide in early 2018.

Overall, the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show saw over 550 cars and bikes gathered in the impressive Dubai World Trade Centre. There were over 100 global and regional premiers, a supreme selection of supercar manufacturers, and even a comprehensive collection of concept cars. In all honesty, it’s no wonder they need a year off in between. We look forward to 2019’s offering.

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Author: Luke Phillips (110 Articles)

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