Dubai Police Force Adds BMW i8 To Fleet

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A fleet of police cars that includes Ferraris, Corvettes, and apparently even a Bugatti Veyron, isn’t enough (apparently). One needs a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) as well. At least, that’s the case if you’re the Dubai police force.

If you’re wondering how it is that some police officer gets to ride around in Ferraris and you don’t, just remember, it’s Dubai. Probably more than anywhere else in the world today, it’s the land of the weirdly extravagant. If you’re one of the rare citizens of the place anyways, not one of the many, many foreign workers.

Anyhow… The addition of a BMW i8 is still something that should probably be celebrated (if they actually use the all-electric range much, that is). As compared to the cars mentioned above, the i8 could probably be considered a ‘frugal’ choice… in a way — even at about $136,000.

As noted by our sister site Gas2, considering some of the downright bizarre and expensive tricked-out “supercars” driven by the elite in Dubai, perhaps having a police force with access to some serious power does make some sense. Too bad they didn’t opt for the Tesla P85D though, right?

Here’s more from Gas2:

The UAE state of Dubai can claim to have the 6th highest number of millionaires per capita in the world, and many of them drive high-powered supercars that would leave your typical American police cruiser way, way behind.

Though spending over $136,000 on a single police cruiser may seem like a waste of money, Dubai’s police fleet has so much more expensive cars in it than that. Average citizens need not fear the supercar police, as it may soon be illegal for people of lower incomes to drive.

Lmao. Maybe I shouldn’t laugh about that, though? Still, as with the recent news out of Florida regarding Rick Scott and climate change, perhaps seeing the humor in common human behavior is the right choice?

On that note… There’s actually a rather well made promotional video out there showing off the police department’s fleet. Enjoy…


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