The police forces all over the world often pick one or two models of car for their fleets, as the uniform look makes their fleet instantly recognizable on the streets. This also keeps costs low and simplifies logistics. In America, the Ford Crown Victoria is the most iconic cop car, but other models are starting to gain prominence as well. However, whether due to high-speed chases, special requirements or to send a message or reach out, police departments sometimes pick up automobiles that go above and beyond the call of duty. Here is a list of the 12 of the most interesting police cars in the world, sorted by the date they were purchased. All prices given are starting prices of the model in question.
12. LEXUS IS-F – UK (2009) – $56,610
The Humberside police force added this particular M3-fighter to their stable in 2009 to serve in their Road Crimes branch. The IS-F is almost a sleeper, with refined, restrained styling that belies the snarling 417 HP V8 engine lurking under the hood. That powerful machine propels the IS-F to 60 in 4.8 seconds, on to an electronically limited top speed of 168 MPH.
11. Lotus Evora S – Italy (2011) and UK (2013) – $77,175 and $78,600
In 2011, the Italian Carabinieri added an Evora S to their stables. They equipped the lightweight sports car with a specially designed refrigeration unit to help transport lifesaving blood and organs in emergency medical situations. CEO of Lotus spoke up on the matter to express how much of an honor it was to be chosen over Italy’s own formidable supercars.
The same vehicle made its way into the UK police force in 2013. The vehicle is used to actively deter drunk driving, pulling drivers over and breathalyzing them at all hours of the day or night.
The sleek Lotus makes 350 HP from a supercharged 3.5 liter Toyota V6, good for a 5-second jump to 60 and a top speed of over 170 MPH.
10. Dodge Charger – US (2015) – $28,990+
The Dodge Charger Pursuit is the new vehicle of choice for road pursuits in the US. Available with either a 292-HP 3.6-liter V-6 or a snarling 370-HP Hemi V-8, good for 7.5 or 6.8 seconds to 60 respectively. Top speed comes in somewhere around 160 MPH for both trims. While it can’t hang with the supercars in Dubai, the Charger sure looks menacing with a front ram bar, beefed up suspension and blacked out wheels.
9. Holden HSV GTS – Australia (2013) – ~$75,000
Think of HSV like AMG’s cousin from the Outback. Holden Special Vehicles are known for taking fairly pedestrian Holden (GM’s Australian branch) vehicles and sticking enormous engines in them. Case in point; the HSV GTS. The Australians added this super-sedan to their police force to start conversations about road safety at motoring events around the country. The HSV GTS looks fairly tame, but a monster supercharged V8 making nearly 580 HP lurks under the hood. The stock vehicle will hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. True performance numbers for the cop car are unknown, however, as power was pushed up closer to 700 HP for their specific model.
8. Lamborghini Aventador – Dubai (2013) – $400,000+
We could have built most of this list out of vehicles added to the Dubai police fleet, and, in fact, we have. Their first addition to the police force was a formidable one: the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador. This naturally aspirated V12 behemoth was purchased to reflect the region’s prosperity and act as a deterrent against excessive speeding. With a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 MPH, this is one cop car the wrongdoers of Dubai won’t be able to outrun.
7. Ferrari FF – Dubai (2013) – $300,000
The Dubai police purchased the Ferrari FF for the same reasons they added the Lamborghini to their fleet. The FF is no slouch, only slightly slower with a 6.2 liter V12 making 651 HP and blasting the four-door, four-wheel-drive wagon to 60 in 3.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 208 MPH. The car will patrol tourist destinations and deter drivers from reckless driving.
6. Brabus G63 AMG – Dubai (2013) – $200,000+
A Lamborghini and a Ferrari not quite wild enough for you? How about a 700 horsepower Mercedes off-roader? Dubai’s next conquest in 2013 was this bruiser from Brabus, tuners of already-tuned Mercedes AMG vehicles. The Brabus version of the twin-turbo V8 in this thing is tuned such that it can propel the far-from-featherweight vehicle to 60 in 4.9 seconds, and on to 149 MPH. Not bad for an not-so-aerodynamical SUV weighing about as much as a house. Dubai uses the car to participate in the German-born “Tune it! Safe!” campaign, encouraging safe practices in the tuner community.
5. Lamborghini Huracán – Italy (2014) – $237,250
The newest “little” Lamborghini, the Huracán, is the successor to the long-lived and much-loved Gallardo. The Italian state police received the vehicle from Lamborghini as a gift. They outfitted the Huracán with video cameras and other police equipment, and they use it to reflect the Italian spirit and a way of enhancing street security. The Huracán’s magnificent V10 engine pumps out a whopping 602 HP, sprints to 60 in just 2.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 202 MPH.
4. Nissan GTR – USA (2014) – $100,000+
Though there were faint rumblings of an undercover police Nissan GTR being outfitted in 2012, the real news of a GTR owned by the police just came last year: In 2014, the Oceanside police department in California added a 2015 Nissan GTR to the force. Meant to be used as a recruitment tool, the GTR would surely also serve as a speeding deterrent. A twin-turbo V6 making 545 HP power the GTR to 60 in less than 3 seconds, thanks to an advanced all-wheel drive system. Top speed comes in at over 190 MPH.
3. Caparo T1 – UK (2015) – $400,000
Based on Formula 1 racing technology, the Caparo T1 is a magnificent machine. Police in the UK picked one up to spread the message of road safety. Displaying the car gives the police the opportunity to meet sports car drivers and enthusiasts and discuss safe driving practices with them. The 525 HP, 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 allows for astonishing acceleration in the track-focused car, going from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and on to a top speed of over 200 MPH.
2. Bugatti Veyron – Dubai (2014) – $1,600,000
As the capstone to their exotic police vehicle collection, Dubai picked up the greatest testament to the city’s prosperity yet in 2014; a Bugatti Veyron. Destined to serve much the same purpose as the other Dubai police supercars, the Veyron is nevertheless a cut above the rest. The “base” model has an 8-liter, 1001 HP quad-turbo V16, good for a 0 – 60 MPH time of 2.46 seconds and a top speed of 254 MPH. This is by far one of the fastest, most luxurious vehicles ever to be owned by a police force.
1. BMW i8 – Dubai (2015) – $136,500
The most recent addition to the Dubai police fleet and the final car in our countdown is the incredibly cool BMW i8. This high-tech hybrid sports car is a vision of the future of motoring, and has the styling to show it. It’s no slouch in the performance department either; combined horsepower between the electric and gasoline motors is 357 HP, which takes the sleek carbon fiber spaceship to 60 in 4.2 seconds, and on to the electronically limited top speed of 160 MPH.
What do you think? Should the police force continue using these dream machines?
Dubai is clearly the runaway leader in terms of sheer massed horsepower in their police fleet—the five cars included here are only a small sample of the total stable. They’re not alone, however, and police around the world are catching on to the trend of using supercars as marketing tools and outreach programs. Worth noting is that some of these vehicles were purchased by the police, and some were gifted by manufacturers to act as marketing.