It’s fair to say, the UAE is a great place to own a couple of cars. As well as zooming up and down the asphalt of Sheikh Zyed Road and the like, you’re going to need an off-road vehicle for dune bashing. It’s why the sales of Jeep vehicles are so high in the Middle East. But there’s another reason to have one too – track days.
Now you’re unlikely to take the family saloon spinning around race tracks and risk smashing it up. This is why second or third hand vehicles are often found hitting the red line at closed circuits. But having thrown the Abarth 595 Competizione around the corners of Dubai Autodrome recently, I’m seriously considering getting a brand new car to zip around in.
This cute, almost cartoonish vehicle has a whopping 180bhp under the hood, It’s also turbocharged and extremely light, which means that it can zoom from 0-100kmh in 6.9 seconds and then up to a white-knuckle inducing 225kmh. It’s the very definition of a pocket rocket.