The World’s Fanciest Police Cars

Not long after there were cars on the road, police cars soon folllowed. Originally, they were just to carry police officers to the scene of a crime. Now, they are equipped with closed-circuit TV, mobile data terminals, vehicle tracking systems and automatic number plate recognition systems. Some of them have more style than you could ever hope to own. Check out these modern police vehicles, and ogle some of the best rides in the police force.

No Bull Here

Police forces in the UAR, Italy and U.K. who want something sporty in their police garages choose the Lamborghini Aventador. This car, with its familiar fighting-bull emblem, comes with a 700 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 engine. Try running a red light, and this car will do zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, for a top highway speed of 217 mph to catch you.

Pursuit in Style

Police cars that are designed to sustain high speeds for a long time to catch criminals on the road are called pursuit vehicles. In Germany, when you want to catch up with someone on the autobahn, you want the Porsche 911. The 911 has long been the choice of cities along the autobahn for its sleek, aerodynamic performance on the road. This car comes with a 400 horsepower engine, zero to 60 mph acceleration in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 210 mph. The current 911 model, designated 991, is a longer, wider and lower re-design completed in 2012.

Polizei-Porsche 911

Photo by Flickr user aj82

Catching Criminals in a Nun’s Car?

The Ford Focus is a light, compact car and the favorite car in the Vatican, reports NPR. So many sisters choose this car, it’s been called the nun’s car. The U.K. sees it differently and has chosen the Focus for use in the city. The Ford Focus ST hatchback with responsive front wheel drive and a top speed of 154 mph makes it a good choice for urban pursuit of criminals. But, you won’t be able to walk into your local Chapman Ford dealer to find this car. The wagon version of the Focus ST is the preferred model, and it is not sold in the U.S.

Legal on the Road

Caparo Vehicle Technologies has produced a street-legal pursuit vehicle fashioned after Formula One racers for the Metropolitan Police Service in London. The Caparo T1 looks like a metal spider on steroids, has a 575 horsepower engine, and can do zero to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Primarily used for interception, this car will pass you before you can get a good look at it.

Caparo T1

Photo by Flickr user cosmic_spanner

Policing in Luxury

The police in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., choose General Motors cars. They essentially borrow the cars, deck them out with the required police and safety gear, and put them into service for a few months. Then, they return them to stock condition and give them back to GM. The latest choice for this force is the Cadillac CTS-V. A 556 horsepower V8 engine and leather seats lets them pursue perpetrators in style and comfort.

Don’t Get Bitten by This Car

Police in Illinois and South Carolina get to take a seat behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper. This car has a long hood and is low to the ground for a menacing look. Most forces are working with pre-2010 models, but they have hopes of soon seeing the SRT Viper on the road with its 640 horsepower eight-liter V10 engine. Low, scary and fast is the way to catch crooks here.

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