When a country is home to 3820 multi-millionaires with net assets of $10 million; 1660 people with at least $30 million in net fortune, and 240 individuals who have at least $100 million, it is expected that the most expensive and luxurious materials in the world find its way to such country.
The wealth of the citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates in general, coupled with a strong car culture has made the country a home for every brand of luxurious cars in the world. From that fact, we’ll be discussing some of the most popular luxury cars driven by the residents of the United Arab Emirates and visitors alike.
Below is the list of the top 10 most popular luxury cars in the UAE.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom
Crowned as the world’s most luxurious vehicle, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a super popular staple among the wealthy in the United Arab Emirates. The fact is, the entire Rolls-Royce models are big in the UAE, but the Phantom takes the crown. This beauty boasts a 12 cylinders 6.75-liter engine which offers a considerable top speed of 155 mph, as well as alluring features which include rear and front cameras, 8.8-inch infotainment LCD and 3D maps, and many more. The Phantom produces 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, completing 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 5.1 seconds.
2. Rolls-Royce Dawn
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is another popular model among the UAE rich who love to be seen. The car features a convertible top which is manufactured to open and close in silence, and this earned it the reputation as the quietest drop-top ever produced. The engine is a direct-injection twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 that produces 563 hp and torque of 605 lb-ft at 1500 rpm. With a top speed of 155 mph, the convertible vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
3. Rolls-Royce Ghost
Yes, another Rolls-Royce; can you really blame the UAE its love for the British car brand? Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury, elegance and status. The Ghost is put in motion by a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 engine that makes 563 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque. The top speed of this car and its other models is capped at 155 mph with a performance of 0-60 mph in an estimated 4.3 seconds.
4. Rolls-Royce Wraith
The sporty sibling of the Ghost is the Wraith; which appeals a bit more to the young and middle-aged. The Rolls-Royce Wraith features a twin-turbo premium unleaded V12 engine which produces a whopping 624 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed of 155 mph with a capability of 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
5. Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT is undoubtedly the most popular Bentley model in the United Arab Emirates. This luxurious car is made to achieve unparalleled speed with the aid of its 6.0 Liter 12 cylinder engine which produces 626 hp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 664 lb-ft, making it possible to drive at a top speed of 207 mph, taking it just 3.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph.
6. Bentley Bentayga
When a car offers a $170,000 dashboard clock as an option, the debate over whether it is luxurious or not entirely necessary. The car boasts a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 600 hp and a maximum 664 lb-ft of torque. The car has a maximum speed of 187 mph with a performance acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds. This is Bentley’s first-ever SUV, and it became an instant hit in the United Arab Emirates when it hit the market.
7. Ferrari 458 Italia
The Ferrari 458 Italia supercar comfortably makes this list as it probably the most popular model from the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer, in the United Arab Emirates. The chic car is designed to give high performance to soothe the heart that craves the sport car luxury. The vehicle is so popular due to its ease of acquisition either through purchase or rental in the United Arab Emirates. The 4.5-liter V8 Engine produces a whooping 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. It completes an acceleration performance from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 210 mph.
8. Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini’s most iconic model – the Aventador, is also quite popular in the country, that even the Dubai Police has it among its fleet of patrol cars. The supercar boasts a V12 engine which puts out a whopping 740 horsepower and 507 lb-ft of maximum torque, in addition to its sophisticated technology range which offers an unparalleled driving experience. With a top speed of 217 mph and acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, this car is unarguably a top-tier sports car; now, couple that with the luxury Lamborghini has to offer.
9. Mercedes-AMG G63
The Mercedes-AMG G63 has become a staple SUV among the wealthy in not only the United Arab Emirates, but the entire Middle East region as a whole. This high-performance and luxurious SUV is the go-to vehicle for UAE residents who can afford it. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 features a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine which produces 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque.
The vehicle is highly popular and well respected in the country, not only because of its top-notch performance, reliability and looks, but because the original idea of the G-class came from the Middle East – it was developed as a military vehicle at the suggestion of the Shah of Iran, who at the time was a significant Mercedes shareholder.
The Mercedes-AMG G63 also the preferred vehicle of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and if you ever see him on the road, you’re likely to see him driving in his white Mercedes-AMG G63 with the number plate ‘1’.
10. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic is the most affordable luxury car on this list. This vehicle’s popularity in the UAE is second to none, mainly because you don’t have to be super-wealthy to be able to own one and enjoy the luxury it has to offer. The 8-speed automatic transmission full-size SUV is equipped with a gasoline-powered 3.0-liter V6 engine which produces 380 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and 332 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3500 rpm.
Other notable mentions are:
- Porsche 911 Carrera
- Porsche Cayenne GTS
- Maserati Ghibli
- Maserati Levante
- Maserati GranTurismo
- BMW X6