If you plan on speeding in Abu Dhabi, you better be riding something special.
Abu Dhabi police department has just added eight Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycles to its already impressive fleet of supercars that include a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador.
They need the high-speed bike, too, because many in the rich United Arab Emirates own supercars and exotic motorcycles.
And the speed limits are high. Abu Dhabi last year set its highest speed limit of 160km/h on the new four-lane highway running into the capital.
They set the speed cameras at 161km/h, rather than the 20km/h buffer elsewhere, but rich drivers don’t care about copping fines as they can afford them.
Fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h are only about $A400.
Mind you, speeding by more than 60km/h attracts 12 “black points” (demerit points) and your licence is confiscated for 30 days. If you accumulate 24 points, you lose your licence for three months.
Abu Dhabi fleet
The Abu Dhabi police department has had some exotic high-speed pursuit vehicles over the years to catch super-speedsters.
They include: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8 hybrid sports car, Brabus 700, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Lykan HyperSport, Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche Panamera.
Now they have added the Ducati to not only pursue at high speed, but split through traffic snarls.
And not just your run-of-the-mill 214hp V4, either.
No, they have gone for the 10kg lighter V4R with 221hp (165kW).
It also features racing carbon-fibre winglets, electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension, dry clutch, adjustable swingarm, up/down quickshift, wheelie and slide control, etc.
If you fancy your chances getting away from that, good luck!