Some countries will readily spend a fortune to have supercars in their police car fleet, even if it is just for the sake of publicity, and the result is, you guess it, their police forces looks like they are straight from a movie.
Some people might think that the police force always drives the same boring stuff – Ford Crown Victorias for example – as long as they are reliable. But are they really useful chasing after bank robbers on a Dodge Viper, blazing its top speed of 325 km/h (approximately 202 mph)? Speed aside, maybe the cops just want something new, and they are approved to get the supercars.
Here are some of the coolest, fastest, and probably most expensive cop cars around the world.
1. The UAE: Bugatti Veyron
Dubai Police knows how to show off: among their fleet there is a Lamborghini Aventador, an Aston Martin One-77, an Audi R8, and a Ferrari FF to name a few, with the cream of the crop being the Veyron. The USD 1.6 million hypercar was declared the fastest cop car in 2017, having a top speed of 407 km/h (approximately 253 mph) and the ability to go from zero to 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) in 2.5 seconds. It’s a pity that we probably will never see it go full speed on Dubai’s roads, but one can surely dream of a police chase action with the supercar being the pursuer.
If there is ever a criminal who runs away on a supercar, the UAE’s cops can for sure catch him with this Bugatti Veyron
2. South Africa: Lamborghini Gallardo
Nothing can outrun the South African Police with the sleek and quick Lambo Gallardo. Built with a V10 engine that can generate up to 560 horsepower, the Gallardo can go 0 - 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) in 3 seconds, with a top speed reaching 325 km/h (approximately 202 mph). Aside from South Africa, the police forces of the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom also have this supercar. It was Lamborghini’s sales leader with 14,022 models built throughout its production run before the release of the Huracan in 2014.
Lamborghini Gallardo is a beauty and a beast at the same time in South Africa’s police force
3. Italy: Lamborghini Huracan
Being the Gallardo’s successor, the Huracan can only be better. In accordance with the traditional naming scheme of most Lamborghini models, it was named after a historical fighting bull known for its courage. "Huracan" is also the Mayan god of wind, storm and fire. The supercar is worthy of its namesake, capable of 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) in 2.5 seconds – same as the aforementioned Veyron, with the maximum speed being 341 km/h (approximately 212 mph). It is ideal as a high-speed response car for the Polizia Stradale (Highway Patrol). Genuinely utilised, the Huracan LP 610-4 Polizia edition comes with some exclusive features, such as an on-board tablet, a Proof Video Data System, gun holster, a defibrillator, and a refrigeration system to carry blood and organs for transplantation. The exterior was painted the Italian Police’s blue color with white stripes, and even the tire sidewalls were tinted in the same distinctive shade.
There can hardly be any other police car that is more beautiful yet functional than Huracan LP 610-4 Polizia edition
4. The UAE: McLaren MP4-12C
Also known simply as the McLaren 12C, this sports car is the first production designed and built by McLaren itself. With its twin-turbo V8 engine’s capability of giving the car over 600 horsepower, the 12C was claimed to have a higher horsepower to carbon dioxide emission ratio than any internal-combustion engine at the time of its first introduction. This cruiser can reach 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) in 2.8 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 333 km/h (approximately 207 mph). It won the Middle East "Best Supercar" Award in 2012 and overall "Car of the Year" at the Middle East Motor Awards the same year; no wonder why the Dubai Police must have this car in their fleet.
We are not sure whether the UAE’s police force is the best but they have the "Best Supercar" in the Middle East
5. The US: Dodge Charger Pursuit Special
Whether it's the intense speed, the powerful engine, or the heavy-duty suspension, everything about the Dodge Charger Pursuit is made to suit the needs of the law enforcers. Various models have been modified for police use, with the latest version packing the powerful 292-horsepower V8 engines that can accelerate the car to 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) in 6 seconds and to a top speed of 245 km/h (approximately 152 mph). The fastest police car in the United States can outrun any vehicle that tries to speed its way from justice, under any weather conditions. It also has all the protection a cop car would need: ballistic armored glass, bulletproof paneling, load-levelling shocks, a push bar, run-flat tires, optional all-wheel drive for better traction, and more.
Dodge Charger Pursuit Special looks like it belongs in some Hollywood blockbusters rather than in real life
6. Japan: Nissan GT-R
Last year, a resident donated a Nissan GT-R to Japan's Tochigi Prefecture police. Dubbed "Godzilla", the supercar was welcomed with a ceremony arranged by the police. It is dressed up in black and white livery with red blinking lights on top, LED strobes on the bumper just like normal police vehicles. Equipped with twin-turbo V6 engine with an output of 545 horsepower, the GT-R's 0 - 97 km/h (approximately 60 mph) time is only 2.7 seconds, while the maximum speed can reach up to 310 km/h (approximately 193 mph). It will be serving in patrol duties as well as becoming a part of traffic safety awareness events. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi police car fleet also has a GT-R, mostly used for promotional purposes.
Nissan GT-R is probably the first police car to be welcomed to the fleet with a ceremony
7. Austria: Porsche Carrera 911
The Austrian police department received a 911 patrol car from Porsche in 2017, to “demonstrate that you can drive responsibly and carefully even in a powerful sports car”. The coupe received the force’s blue, silver and red livery, an in-car radio system and flashing blue lights. Running at top speed of about 300 km/h (approximately 186 mph), the Porsche Carrera 911 is one of the fastest police cars in the world. Powered by a 3.0-litre flat 6 engine that produces 365 horsepower, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (approximately 62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds. Since it was on loan until October that year, the police department has returned the 911 to Porsche, but considering Austria’s long history with Porsche police cars (a 911 Targas in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a 911 in 2006), we would not be surprised if the new 911 joins the Austrian fleet sooner or later.
Austrian police own one of the fastest police cars in the world - Porsche Carrera 911
8. The UAE: Lykan HyperSport
The first sports car to be designed and produced in the Middle East, the Lykan HyperSport is a display of the wealth and luxury we usually associate with this region. The $3.4 million car is the first to have headlights embedded with 420 diamonds or other jewels of customer's choice. It also has gold stitching on the seats, sculpted crystal gear knob and a holographic centre display with interactive motion features. Only seven cars were produced, and the Abu Dhabi police force has one of them. The HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 litre 780-horsepower flat six engine, enabling an acceleration times of 2.8 seconds for 0 - 100 km/h (approximately 62 mph), with a claimed top speed of 395 km/h (approximately 245 mph). Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise may recognise a civilian version from the Furious 7. Clearly it has more of a promotional role, but the HyperSport does an excellent job at that.
Lykan HyperSport is not only a crazily fast supercar but also an exotic creation