Car lovers unite! Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) is back for its 15th edition, running until Nov. 16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Given the current global state of the automotive industry, it was always going to be a quieter one compared to previous years. After all, 2019 has marked the beginning of a challenging phase - even China is facing its first even decline in vehicle sales in over 20 years.
That being said, there’s still plenty to see, with more than 90 brands coming together, along with more than 40 car launches, according to organisers. Here are six cars to look out for.
Introduced on stage by a robot (no, really), Japan’s record-breaking Aspark OWL has made its international debut at DIMS. The all-electric hypercar – powered by a staggering 1,150 horsepower, allowing it to bolt from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds – is the fastest electric car to have been made so far.
Travelling closer to home, and we have a homegrown brand at the 2019 edition in the form of the Ajlani Drakuma. The brainchild of UAE-based entrepreneur and designer Bashar Ajlani, the design prototype is being promoted as a twin-turbo, V8-engined 1,200bhp hypercar.
Maserati Levante Trofeo Collector’s Edition
You know you have a limited-edition motor on your hands when there’s only 100 units of it around the world.
The Levante Trofeo Collector’s Edition – showcased in a beautiful ‘Giallo Modenese’ colour at DIMS – is equipped, according to the manufacturer, with “one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati road car.” This 3.8-litre, twin turbo V8, goes from 0-100km/h in just over four seconds, with a maximum speed close to the 300 km/h threshold.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Available in the Middle East from mid-2020, this beauty with its striking silhouette is without a doubt one of the stars of this year’s edition of DIMS. The 2020 Corvette Stingray is the first-ever mid-engine Corvette, serving the fastest-ever 0-100km/h time (just under three seconds) of any entry Corvette.
Another launch at DIMS is the all-new Lincoln Aviator, the brand’s newest three-row premium large SUV, which comes with great features for the region’s wide range of terrains. The motor’s Drive Modes’ five signature settings are: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions. The standard twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, delivering 400 horsepower in the process.
Land Rover Defender
The Defender has drawn mixed reactions from car enthusiasts. Upon launch, some absolutely loved it, while others… not so much. Now’s your chance to decide for yourself as it makes its regional debut at DIMS with Land Rover showcasing two body designs: the 90 and the 110.