We would generally advise against buying a car sight unseen, but when it comes to some supercars, the entire year's production run is often spoken for before the car is even unveiled. Which is fine, in some sense we guess, when it's coming from a known manufacturer like Ferrari or Lamborghini. The Dubai Roadster, however, does not come from such a company. It doesn't even come from a region that's known for making cars. In fact the only time Dubai ever seems to come across our radar is when its police force acquires a new supercar, some special-edition Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Bugatti is unveiled there, the Emirs buy part of a Formula One racing team or someone gets the bright idea of building a supercar there.

That's what we saw with the Lykan Hypersport from W Motors, and now another contender has apparently joined the fray. It's called, simply enough, the Dubai Roadster, and the design calls for a 400-horsepower V8 engine mounted in the front of an aluminum (or potentially titanium) tube frame overlaid with carbon and fiberglass bodywork.

The first prototype isn't even complete yet, the design existing at present only in a few renderings, bearing the logo of the upcoming world's fair in the gulf emirate. But according to The National, buyers are already calling up Rashid Al Shaali – the two-time UAE Time Attack champion behind the project – with their checkbooks open.

The finished product is scheduled to debut at the Dubai Motor Show next year, at which point Al Shaali reportedly aims to have 25 vehicles ready for sale at around 400,000 Emirati dirham, equivalent to nearly $110,000 at today's exchange rates. Given the wealth localized in the Emirates and the cost of developing such a car from scratch with no infrastructure, however, we wouldn't be surprised to see the price spiral upwards by the time it's done.

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      • 11 Months Ago
      Al these random super cars popping up has made me quite tired of the segment unless there's something truly eye-catching. Crazy hp numbers and high school desk scribblings are well past their point of interest for me. Flipping things on their heads a bit though, I'm willing to consider that perhaps all of these extremely low production boutique cars, along with advances in 3D printing and materials tech, may incidentally herald an age of cheaply stylable cars, where someone with, say $50-80k, could style and produce a one-off ride that would cost several times s much if it were done today.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well call me the "duh"....looks like a corvette.....Heck, just buy a top of the line vette and put your colors on it.....simple !.....Sun must have gotten in their eyes....lol
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 11 Months Ago
      A future corvette no doubt will look great if it was this plus a roof.
      • 11 Months Ago
      a 400k "vette" roadster? dang!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Front engine V8? Looks nose-heavy with the cockpit that far forward.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wonder what brand the v8 is?
      • 11 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereprobably made by their slaves
      Lab Rat
      • 11 Months Ago
      So, they photoshopped a Corvette?
      Vassilis Alex
      • 11 Months Ago
      This looks great!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hopefully not just more vapoware.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks like some of the Hot Wheels cars my son plays with. Just needs red line plastic tires to finish the look.