In a move vaguely reminiscent of cult 1980s cop-drama Miami Vice (presumably minus the 5 o’clock shadow and pastel t-shirts) Dubai’s police force has added a brand new Ferrari to a list of patrol cars that already includes a Lamborghini Aventador.

The Ferrari FF has a 6.3L, V12 engine capable of producing 650 horsepower and a top speed of 335 km/h, which should comfortably ensure that it won’t be out run in a car chase. It also comes with the somewhat eye watering price tag of $544,000. 

In an ostentatious public relations stunt, the Ferrari was unveiled sporting the rather handsome green and white paint motif of the Dubai police force at the foot of the Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

It is also being reported that the DPD are soon expected to announce the acquisitions of two other luxury, high powered super cars to their already amazing car fleet, with a Mercedes-McLaren SLS AMG and a Bentley Continental GT just waiting on a bit of green and white paint before they too are unveiled.

The acquisition of these super cars is being seen as a sign of prosperity returning to the emirate after the housing bubble burst in 2008.

To my mind though it smacks of a kind of bravado, bordering on the outrageous.