5 ultra-luxurious cars you'll only find in the Middle East
Supercars and luxury saloons that were tailor-made for the region’s most discerning clientele.Neil Churchill April 7, 2015
Bentley Mulsanne Majestic
Had you asked us before, we would have said Bentley's flagship grand tourer was nearly impossible to improve upon. But the British boffins in Crewe clearly thought otherwise. Only 15 examples of the Mulsanne Majestic were made - five for Saudi Arabia, five for the UAE and five for Qatar. The Saudi models use a two-tone paint job of Extreme Silver and Peacock Blue, while the UAE versions are finished in a stunning Quartz White, with the interior using a Beluga secondary colour.
An illuminated plaque on the treadplates are embossed with the word ‘Majestic’ and the badge is again branded alongside the unique 21" Mulliner five spoke alloy wheels, as well as on the iPad tables inside. Each of the five cars for each GCC country are individually numbered and aside from the standard interior trim - which is anything but standard - the limited-edition car has a diamond quilted hide along the main headlining panels and lamb's wool rugs inside. One thing Bentley didn't change though, thankfully, is the 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.
Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé
The Phantom Drophead Coupé has always been a special car, if not a little controversial amongst Rolls-Royce traditionalists. The limited-edition Maharaja model is both those things, but more. Though it was made exclusively for customers in Dubai, the Maharaja is Indian themed, hence the name Maharaja - a Sanskrit title for 'great ruler'.
Inspired by the Golden Age of the Raja, the Maharaja uses a dazzling Carrara White paint job with an emerald green coach line, with a peacock emblem - the national bird of India - on the bonnet. When the deep green hood retracts, a second peacock emblem is revealed on the wooden deck, while the interior continues the colour theme combining Crème Light leather with emerald green accents. More elaborate peacock emblems can be found embroidered into the headrests and peacock feather patterns are stitched into the side and central armrests.
Ferrari built just five special versions of its handsome FF all-wheel drive coupé with the help of its in-house atelier, Tailor-Made. What’s more, each is unique and is allocated to a different region in the Gulf, making them truly, one-off Ferraris. The theme for the quintet is gemstones. There is the Moonstone car for Saudi Arabia, Crystal is destined for Bahrain, the UAE gets to keep Sapphire, Topaz goes to Kuwait and Pearl has been reserved for Qatar. Poor Oman doesn't get one apparently.
Each is highly personalised as a one-of-one with bespoke features such as exclusive paint and innovative interior trim using a mix of leathers, timbers or carbon fibre depending on the car. EDGAR had the chance to view these cars in Florence towards the end of last year, before taking one for a quick spin through the Tuscan mountains. And we can confirm it behaved as you would expect a 335km/h, 6.3-litre, V12 all-wheel drive Ferrari to act; elegant and extremely fast.
Aston Martin Lagonda
This isn't the first time we've told you about the Aston Martin Lagonda - read here - a super saloon that's being built specifically for the Middle East, and underwent hot weather testing in Oman last year. The announcement it would not be made available anywhere else in the world was a little peculiar as our region trails the United States, Russia and China in sales volume. Presumably having Aston’s purse strings kept in Kuwait may have had an influence on the project.
More exclusive than the Aston One-77, the Lagonda was tested thoroughly during its 22,000 km, four-week regime. Along coastal, urban, desert and rough mountain roads, the prototype was subjected to 80+ degree cabin temps after being left in the sun for over half a day at a time to test its air-con capabilities, while engineers averaged 800km a day in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. Being so exclusive, and being an Aston, it won't be cheap - expect a price tag of around AED 3 million, although it can only be bought by invitation.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Lang Lang’
So we may be bending the rules a little here for this ultra-rare Veyron. We can't confirm nor deny that it is currently owned in the Middle East, but it WAS unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show early last year, which leads us to assume - a little desperately - that its buyer, potentially, is from the region. In reality, as it is a one-off version of the already rare Grand Sport Vitesse, it doesn't really matter where in the world it is, as chances are you'll never find it.
Named 'Lang Lang' after the famous Chinese pianist, the car features design touches heavily influenced by a grand piano. Priced at an eye-watering and specific AED 10,766,474, its black colour is offset by Blanc Atalante cream white, while a 24-carat gold plating on the EB logo at the rear and the EB tags on the fuel and oil caps, along with black “Sang Noir” diamond-cut rims complete the classic look of this one-of-a-kind Vitesse. The Bugatti signature elephant on the footwell insert was personally signed by Lang Lang following a concert given by him at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France. Still a true Vitesse under all the piano-inspired tones, the 8-litre W16-cylinder engine generates 1,184 bhp and rockets the car from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds.
Editor's note: it was hard not to include the Lykan HyperSport in this list. Owned by Lebanese company W Motors and with production facilities in Dubai, the first supercar produced in the Middle East should be a car you can only find in the region. However out of the three that have already been sold, only one is in the UAE - the other two are in Miami and China. However with a production run of just seven cars, if the rest sell to buyers in the Middle East - and with a price tag of AED 12.5 million that's not unlikely - you'll have a hard time finding one anywhere else.