Yesterday Lamborghini announced it was to give the Italian State Police one of its brand new Huracan supercars. For a country that takes pride in looking good while it goes about its business, it was a fitting gift for the nation’s cops, who will be using it to chase down crims on the Autostrada network, as well as hot-footing vital organs to hospitals around the country for transplants.
The Italian police aren’t the only ones who like to patrol the mean streets in style. Forces across the globe use exotic cars for various purposes, whether it be to even the playing field with sportscar using offenders, or merely for publicity or raising awareness. Here’s our rundown of the wildest police cars from around the world:
United Arab Emirates – Bugatti Veyron
When it comes to the ultimate in police cars, the Emirate city of Dubai surely takes the crown. Over the years the force’s fleet has grown to include rare exotics from a number of different manufacturers, including the Audi R8 V10, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF and the ultra-exclusive Aston Martin 177. However, their most recent addition outshines even this impressive collection. They’ve gone and got themselves a Bugatti Veyron. And why would the Dubai rozzers need the former fastest car in the world? Well they’d tell you the city has one of the highest concentration of supercar owners in the world, and without it they would be comprehensively outgunned. However, we reckon it’s all a bit of showing off.
UK – Caparo T1
While the police in your area may slum it in Ford Mondeos, some are more fortunate than others. The Caparo T1, arguably one of the most uncompromising performance machines in the world – with a top speed of 190mph and a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds – was one of the most extreme cars to ever wear the UK’s Battenberg livery. Unfortunately it wasn’t pressed into service on the street – it’s a bit overkill for chasing chavs on mopeds. Instead it toured the country raising awareness for various road safety campaigns. Don’t think British plod is completely short changed, however, as a variety of police forces employ some very tasty equipment, namely Mistubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezas, as rapid response cars.
USA – Ford Mustang
National pride is a recurring theme in a country’s choice of police cars. Unsurprising then that Stateside the ‘5-0’ have plumped for the ultimate expression of the American dream: the Ford Mustang muscle car. Its menacing looks alone will intimidate crims into giving up, and just in case they don’t, the Mustang has a huge 5.0-litre V8 engine to ensure it’ll do the business in a pursuit. It’s not just Mustangs either, Police in Michigan enjoy a fleet of cars entirely made up of Dodge Magnums, which follows the same shock and awe recipe of big power and aggressive looks.
Germany – Brabus Rocket
In a country where much of the motorway network has no speed limit, fast driving is part of the culture. As such, the German authorities needed something special when out on the beat, and got just that from Mercedes tuning house Brabus. Meet the Rocket, the fastest saloon car in the world. Capable of a whopping 255mph thanks to its highly tuned turbocharged V12 engine, the Rocket is more than a match for nearly all cars registered in the Federal Republic. It’s actually used on patrols too – something to bear in mind the next time you fancy stretching your cars legs on the Autobahn. The German police also make regular use of a more mainstream (in this context at least) Porsche 911 Turbo fettled by renowned tuning outfit Techart.
Japan – Nissan Skyline R34
Japan has a rich history or producing cars that hide their outstanding performance potential behind an outwardly boxy and unexciting shell. And as any unmarked motorway patrolman will tell you, this makes for an excellent police car. While urban patrols are performed by tiny ‘Kei’ cars (think superminis but much, much smaller) due to their manouvreability and city nippiness, pursuit cars have to be much more serious proposition. Que the Nissan Skyline R34 and Subaru Impreza, both race and rally proven and ready to take the fight to Japan’s underworld. Which is just as well, considering what the Yakuza is driving these days.
Watch as a Japanese mafia member shows-off his penchant for Lamborghinis: