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Given that the Middle East is one of the best luxury car markets in the world, you’ll certainly won’t find a Tata Nano at the Dubai Motor Show, unless it is covered with gold or something like that. But in case you love the precious metal, you will find a special Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar, decked out in a matte gold paint.

The special edition is just for showcase though, but Mercedes officials did reveal that if demand is high, the “AMG Desert Gold” paint scheme will be available when the supercar enters production at the beginning of 2010. Hear that oil tycoons?

The special paint is in stark contrast with the rest of the accessories on the car, which are painted black, from the wheels to the Mercedes-Benz star in the grille. On the inside the same color is used, which also blends with carbon fiber, heavily used on the center console for example.

If the 6.3-liter V8 supercar doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can opt for the G55 AMG 79 Edition, which is also on display at the Dubai Motor Show.


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For all our Middle Eastern readers: haven’t you felt the need for something much more exclusive while navigating the sand dunes in your back yard? Well you can now rest assured as Mercedes-Benz has revealed the closest thing to a jewel-incrusted camel, the G55 AMG 79 Edition.

Named after the year the first G Class model entered production (1979, of course), the car will develop 507 HP and is exclusive to the Middle East region, given the big number of fans it has there, according to Mercedes. It will be painted in a custom “designo magno alanite grey” matte scheme, which will contrast with a big crash bar in the front, carbon-fiber-like side strips, a set of 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a titanium finish and the chrome grilles for the indicators, taillights and underguard. On the inside, you’ll find designo leather seats finished in a combination of black and sand, carbon-fiber trim and a special logo, detailing the number of the model from the 79 which will be made.

Overall, if I were a Middle Eastern oil tycoon, this would definitely be great for my huge garage. You can check it out at the Dubai Motor Show, which is going on these days in the sunny emirate.


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We’re keeping with the broken world records, as after the BMW 335d prepped by AC Schnitzer took the world’s fastest diesel title, another German tuning company, Brabus, took the Mercedes-Benz GLK crossover and placed the massive 6.3-liter bi-turbo V12 engine under its bonnet, which develops 750 HP and 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft), in order to break another record.

The engine, connected with a five-speed automatic gearbox, managed to take the GLK from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in 12.8 and stopping at 322.3 km/h, or 211 mph, making it the fastest street-legal SUV in the world.

Of course such a performance isn’t as simple as fitting a big engine into a car, as new intercoolers, free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless steel exhaust were also added. The outside wasn’t forgotten, as a carbon fiber spoiler lip, a new front apron with bigger air dams, Brabus widestar fender flares, underside LED lights and a new roof spoiler were added.

In case you want to catch a glimpse of the new Brabus GLK V12, you can see it at the Dubai International Motor Show, which starts today, and even buy it for a measly €397,000 (around $580,890).


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BMW has announced that a revamped edition of its M1 Concept, which was released as an hommage to its famous supercar which was released in 1978, will be making an appearance at the Dubai International Motor Show, which will begin tomorrow in the Middle East.

The concept has recently been at the center, alongside the upcoming performance model in the 1 Series lineup, of many rumors, which reveal that it will borrow many elements to a new supercar, which may or may not bear the M1 badge, and will rival the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Sadly no details were given about the concept which will appear tomorrow, so we’re going to have to wait and see just what new things the Bavarian company will showcase to its Arab public.


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For someone who like to draw attention to himself, Dubai is one challenging city, because there, everyday you get to see houndreds or thousands of expensive cars. So, what do you do when you have a “modest” Mercedes Benz C63 AMG? You go for chrome. But not for the front grille or the door handles. No, no, you go with chrome for the whole thing. It’s true, you’re gonna get some heads turning your way, but you’re definitely also get some stomachs turned upside down.

Photo Gallery: Chromed Mercedes Benz C63 AMG


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It looks like Santa Claus came earlier this year for Michael Schumacher and he was very generous with the former F1 driver. Actually, it wasn’t Santa, but Dubai’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who’s a big fan of the German and bought him a $7 million island located in The World archipelago. Though it’s located somewhere in the Antarctic area, Schumi won’t have to worry about the temperature, because the Dubai weather is pretty hot. We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely not getting an island for Christmas, so Schumi must be one lucky man.


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Gold plated cars are not something new. Every once in a while we get to see one of these showing up, reminding us that there are a lot of people out there that got nothing better to do with their money than extremely pimping up a car. This 24k gold plated Toyota Camry is no exception. Of course, as you probably imagine, the owner comes from Dubai and the car is for sale for 135,000 AED ($36,800 or €23,700). However, one thing bothers me. If you want to show off, why in the world would you choose a Toyota Camry? Weird.

Check out more photos after the jump.


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