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Chevrolet Camaro SS Joins Dubai Police Force

The Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine.

May 17, 2013  |  by Chris Wolski

Photo courtesy of GM/Chevrolet.
Photo courtesy of GM/Chevrolet.
After recently introducing a Lamborghini to its fleet, the Dubai Police force has added the Chevrolet Camaro SS to its fleet, a first for a police organization in the Middle East, General Motors announced.

Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Camaro SS boasts a power output of 426 hp. With a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, the Camaro is the perfect addition to Dubai Police force, according to GM.

Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, managing director of Al Ghandi Auto and John Stadwick, president and managing director of GM Middle East, handed the keys of the Camaro SS to Dubai Deputy Police Chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina in a ceremony at police headquarters. In return Stadwick received a special engraved plaque from the Dubai Police.

"We are delighted to be the first to respond to the Dubai Police's request for assistance in adding high performance patrol cars to their fleet. We felt that the Camaro would be the right vehicle for their needs," said Al Ghandi. "We are confident that the Camaro's ability to respond rapidly, by virtue of its high performance V8 engine, coupled with its practical suitability for Dubai's roads and ease of servicing, will make it an ideal patrol car for years to come."

The Chevrolet Camaro has been a huge success in the Middle East sports car market. It was named Best Muscle Car in four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012 by leading automotive publications. The Camaro ZL1 was awarded "Muscle Car of the Year 2012" by Evo Middle East magazine in February this year.

U.S. law enforcement agencies usually forgo the Camaro for traffic enforcement because of its smaller cabin, but the Houston Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Division uses several stealth versions of the Camaro to catch aggressive and drunk drivers.

Chris Wolski is an associate editor with Automotive Fleet, a sister publication of POLICE.

Comments (5)

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Officerjason @ 5/19/2013 7:23 AM

And yet we have so many depts here that cant afford to replace their wore out cruisers and were talking about Dubai and their lamborghini and camaro. Hey GM my dept could use a few new vehicles...

Capt. Crunch @ 5/21/2013 6:32 PM

Stadwick, you can take that plaque, and shove it where the sun don't shine.

Getum @ 5/22/2013 6:04 AM

Who cares what whoever uses.

Chief John @ 5/22/2013 9:05 AM

I agree with Officer Jason. There are rural Sheriff Departments in Ohio who have 300,000 miles on thier 8-10 year old CV's and would be happy with a 125,000 mile hand me down that runs good. A 426hp motor? Can you say excessive?

Tim M @ 6/3/2013 7:23 PM

If they can put a 426 hp motorin a Comaro, then why not in a Caprice and make the car more affordable for departments to purchase by building them in Detroit thus not having to pay high shipping cost and giving Detroit JOBS!

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