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Dubai, known as a haven for supercars, is witnessing a surge of excitement in the automotive space beyond the realms of supercar spotting. Local events are unfolding, unleashing a wave of anticipation among motor enthusiasts. Here’s a closer look at some recent and upcoming launches that are set to be game-changers in the UAE.
1. Maserati GranTurismo: Italian Elegance Redefined
Al Tayer Motors, the official Maserati dealer in the UAE, unveiled the latest iteration of the Maserati GranTurismo sportscar at Concrete, Al Serkal Avenue, on November 16, 2023. With a lineage tracing back 75 years, this sportscar maintains its iconic Italian design. The exterior boasts a reshaped silhouette, a sharp nose, and an updated grille. The interior, a blend of elegance and modernity, features a larger infotainment screen and improved materials.
Currently available in the Modena variant with a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo Nettuno engine producing 490 PS, the GranTurismo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. An even more powerful Trofeo variant, boasting 550 PS, achieves a quicker sprint time of 3.5 seconds. The anticipation continues with the upcoming fully electric GranTurismo Folgore, promising a remarkable 760 PS and a 0 to 100 km/h time of 2.7 seconds.
2. Lotus Eletre: Electric Prowess with Style
In collaboration with Adamas Motor Group, Lotus introduced the all-new and all-electric Lotus Eletre. The electric hyper-SUV was unveiled at a private gathering at The Space, DIP 2, presenting a compelling option for Lotus enthusiasts in the UAE. Priced at AED 480,000, the Eletre offers a unique blend of style, speed, and sustainability.
With a range of up to 600 kilometres, rapid acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in under three seconds, and a top speed of 260 km/h, the Eletre makes a bold statement in the electric SUV segment. Crafted for drivers, it combines sports car-like handling with the practicality of an SUV. The futuristic cockpit features cutting-edge elements, including the Lotus Hyper OS infotainment system and advanced driver assistance technologies.
3. Volkswagen Amarok: Power and Versatility in a Pickup
Al Nabooda Automobiles L.L.C, the official distributor for Volkswagen in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, unveiled the all-new Volkswagen Amarok at their Sheikh Zayed Road showroom on September 25, 2023. This robust pickup truck is designed to cater to diverse customer needs, whether for lifestyle, off-roading, family use, or as a reliable workhorse.
Powered by a new turbocharged 2.3-litre petrol engine generating 302 horsepower and 452Nm of torque, the Amarok has a 10-speed automatic transmission and advanced 4-Motion all-wheel drive. Boasting impressive load and towing capabilities, it combines utility with style. The interior features a state-of-the-art infotainment system, a digital cockpit, and a focus on safety with over 25 advanced assistance systems.
Driving into a New Era
As these exciting vehicles hit the roads of the UAE, the automotive landscape is transforming. From the elegance of Maserati to the electric prowess of Lotus and the power-packed versatility of Volkswagen Amarok, these launches signify a new era in driving experiences for enthusiasts in the region. The roads are set to witness the fusion of style, innovation, and performance, elevating the thrill for every motorhead in the UAE.
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