Top 5 Hybrid Cars at Dubai Motor Show

29th Nov 2017

The Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) is now the largest international automotive event across the middle East and North Africa, hosting more than 108,000 guests from over 70 different countries this year.

With pre-owned electric and hybrid car sales increasing by 17 per cent compared to last year, it is an exciting time for the automotive industry. Many popular and big names within the industry are taking the technology and designs of hybrids to new levels.

Now in its 14th year since the first show which took place in 1989, the biennial auto show has brought together motoring fanatics from all over the globe by showcasing the most prestige bikes and cars in the automotive industry, with a substantial collection of hybrid supercars being showcased this year.

The 4-day event showcased more than 100 global and regional car premiers and will also display an impressive amount of 550+ vehicles, including many luxury hybrid models from the most popular brands of the industry.

Renowned Youtuber, Tim Burton (mostly known as Shmee150), travelled to the Middle East to attend the Dubai Motor Show and was able to get up close and personal with the coolest cars being showcased at the prestigious event including the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Take a look at the best hybrid cars that were shown at the event this year:

Porsche 919

Porsche demonstrated the brand's latest technological developments at the Dubai International Motor Show with the Porsche 919 Hybrid supercar.

In 2016 Porsche was the first automotive manufacturer to offer for sale three plug-in hybrid production models, which included the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.

Following in the footsteps of Porsche's previous hybrid models, the specs of the 919 do not disappoint. The hybrid model offers a seven-speed hydraulically-activated sequential gearbox with rear-lock differential and a top speed of 211mph.

Earlier this month Porsche secured its third straight World Endurance Championship title with the 919 Hybrid. Since Porsche's first victory in 2014, the ongoing improvements and modifications to its aerodynamics and suspension have improved the powertrain and lead the prestigious brand to success.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid was a great asset to the Dubai Motor Show this year as it showcased the latest developments in hybrid technology and set the standards for the future generation of hybrid supercars.

Porsche 919 hybrid.

BMW X7 Concept

This stimulating new concept from BMW is a step away from what the German-based automotive company traditionally offers and is expected to make its debut sometime in 2018.

The luxurious new SUV offers a modern appearance and is a spin on the existing third-generation X5 and is the biggest model that BMW have built to date.

Not only is the X7 the largest model BMW have created, it is also the most luxurious.

The X7 is aesthetically pleasing and features a double kidney grille and large air intakes as well as a contemporary panoramic glass roof. The new plug-in petrol-electric model also offers practicality and has a spacious interior that accommodates up to seven people and is filled with high tech features.

Underneath the impressive interior and exterior, the hybrid SUV boasts a four-cylinder turbo engine as well as an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

BMW X7 Concept parked up.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Valkyrie's first regional appearance to the public took place at the DIMS. The Valkyrie is the first F1-derived hypercar to be revealed this year and is the outcome of a collaboration between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and numerous other manufacturers.

The iconic car is named after a word that has strong connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods and lives up to its name in all aspects due its ambitious specs.

The impressive new model has a top speed of 250mph and reaches 0-200mph in just 10 seconds thanks to an engineering partnership with the Red Bull F1 Team. The hypercar is powered by a 6.5 litre V12 engine that's supplemented by an incredibly advanced hybrid system.

The goal for Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing was to create a concept that boasted a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every kilogram of weight.

Aston Martin and Red Bull achieved this with the hypercar weighing just 1,130kg.

To achieve the low weight, innovations were key - the Valkyrie does not have any exterior windows, for example. As an alternative, a camera system and LCD displays are provided on the dashboard. It wouldn't be a true Aston Martin without some James Bond-type technology and gadgets included, would it?

Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Project One

The AMG Project One by Mercedes Benz was showcased following the unveiling of the model at the Frankfurt Motorshow in September.

The limited production hybrid sports car is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged 90-degree V6 'power unit' from the Mercedes F1 W07 race car. The AMG hypercar has a top speed of 217mph and demonstrates a level of hybrid technology that has been taken from the racetrack and transferred to the road using unadulterated Formula One technology.

Like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Mercedes-Benz aimed to achieve a light weight chassis for the new hybrid model and as a result, has a mostly basic interior- giving it the authenticity of an F1 racer. Just slightly heavier than the Valkyrie, the AMG Project One weighs in at 1,300kg.

In another attempt to keep the model lightweight, the transmission will be a single-clutch automated manual variant, which will deliver the engine power to the rear wheels.

Mercedes-AMG Project One.

2018 Range Rover Sport (PHEV)

The 2018 Range Rover Sport was unveiled last month and made its debut at the DIMS.

Only a few visual changes have been made to the Range Rover Sport- a subtle facelift. Since the model was introduced in 2004, over 732,000 Range Rover Sports have been sold around the world.

In addition to the modified exterior, which now boasts a sportier and more significant design, the model also features a revised infotainment system and a new LED headlight display which is accompanied by a new-look grille.

Another exciting feature of the ever-popular four-wheel-drive model is that it is now available as a hybrid following the announcement from Jaguar Land Rover that all vehicles produced after 2020 will have an electrified option.

The new hybrid supercar offers two driving modes to optimize efficiency- a combination of petrol and electric drive allows the driver to optimise Range Rover fuel economy and battery charge by selecting one of the two management functions available.

The powertrain combines a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor allowing a top speed of 137mph.

2018 Range Rover Sport (PHEV).
With Hybrid vehicles being one of the most talked about topics within the industry at the moment, the collection of luxury hybrid supercars that were showcased at the Dubai International Motor Show proved to be very popular amongst guests.

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