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For more than a century, cars have been used by various security services to quickly get to the scene. Sometimes, nevertheless, an order for the production of special vehicles goes directly to the manufacturer.
It would seem that public utilities cannot own expensive cars. Police equipped with Lamborghini or Jaguar are just the fantasy of the creators of computer games like Need For Speed. But no, modern police strive to maintain their image, possessing rather unique copies of cars. We will tell below about the most interesting and expensive police cars that the world auto companies have created specifically for the corresponding order.
Alfa Romeo 159 Polizia. It was decided to replace Fiat Marea familiar to Italian policemen in 2006 with something new. The choice was a stylish middle-class sedan - Alfa Romeo 159. Modification provided the car with an armored body, sound and light signals, giving a special color. Under the hood of the police car is a six-cylinder gasoline engine with a capacity of 260 hp. The car can accelerate to 100 km / h in 8 seconds, and its maximum speed is 240 km / h. Such a car was in service with the police from 2006 to 2008. Now law enforcement officers have moved to the Alfa Romeo MiTo, which costs half as much.
Ford Police Interceptor. The creators of this machine were tasked with creating the perfect interceptor vehicle. For the first time such a car appeared in police uniform in 2010. Its concept was shown at an exhibition in Las Vegas, but by 2011 they promise the first batch of the police. Under the hood of the interceptor is a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with 365 hp. The car has four-wheel drive. The All-wheel-drive system allows you to carefully and independently distribute power between all wheels depending on the road, thus preventing dangerous situations on the road. The aircraft designer, Melvin Betancourt, is said to have been inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird military aircraft used by the US Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s. The Interceptor's interior makes it clear that the vehicle is unusual. In the central part there is a powerful radio station, and in the glove compartment there is a compartment for pistols and cartridges. The specialization of the machine requires special qualities from it. So, its frame is strengthened enough to withstand a blow from the back of another car at a speed of 120 km / h. The airbag system is designed in such a way that, even after an accident, criminals cannot escape. Voice control technology has been implemented so that the driver can fully surrender to driving. The BLIS technology has been introduced here, which warns the driver about dangerous situations on the road and about objects out of sight.
Jaguar XF Police. If until 2008 in Britain the role of police cars was performed by the Jaguar X-Type, then they were replaced by XF sedans. The power of the three-liter diesel engine is 270 hp. The manufacturer claims that the car consumes about 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers. A police car accelerates to 100 km / h in 6 seconds. At the presentation of this car, Jeff Cousins, managing director of Jaguar Cars, said that this development is the best combination of price and quality. Jaguar XF meets all environmental standards, its power and performance are fully justified. For the company, this is the first police upgrade of the XF. During the alteration, the car received additional light and communication systems, repeating the rest of the production samples.
BMW 530d Police. In 2010, BMW presented a whole line of police cars and even one motorcycle for various UK security services. Among them, the 530D or F10 business class sedan stands out. Under the hood of the car is a three-liter turbodiesel with a capacity of 245 hp. The car can accelerate to 100 km / h in 6.1 seconds, while the maximum speed is 250 km / h. The same engine is used in the Police Troika, which is supplied to the UK Police Service along with the 530D. The main function of the BMW 330d Police is to be an interceptor. This modified model is also delivered to the country. By the way, all BMW police cars in England have diesel engines. BMW's 5 Series has always been considered a symbol of luxury. The police cars of this unit are engaged in escorting diplomats and politicians.
Lexus IS F Police. Great Britain is famous for its stylish police cars. One of them is the Lexus IS. This sports sedan is powered by a 5-liter V8 engine with 417 hp. It takes just 4.6 seconds for the car to accelerate to 100 km / h. The maximum speed is 250 km / h. The manufacturer reports that each copy of such a police car costs the state $ 50 thousand. This amount is also due to the presence of on-board computers, communications and light. This sedan has become the choice of the police officers of Kingston, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Law enforcement officials believe that the Lexus IS is the best fit for their service. The car was in police service from 2008 to 2010.
Dodge Charger Pursuit. At the end of 2010, the American police began to receive at their disposal brand new Dodge Charger Pursuit. The imposing sedan has a new V6 Pentastar engine. Its volume is 3.6 liters, and the power is 253 hp. The engine is distinguished by a variable valve timing system. Additionally, you can re-equip the car with a 5.7 liter Hemi engine, it is more powerful - 344 hp, and it also has a built-in MDS fuel economy system. The police car received reinforced brakes with ABS, front and rear anti-roll bars, 18-inch wheels. The electronic stabilization system ECS was introduced especially for the pursuit. Such equipment meets the requirements of the police as much as possible for the pursuing car of lawbreakers.
Chevrolet Camaro Police. In 1998, the "farewell" of the Chevrolet Caprice police sedans took place in North Lake, USA. The police faced the problem of ordering the next car from General Motors. The preference was given to the sports coupe Chevrolet Camaro. Its V8 petrol engine has a volume of 5.6 liters and an output of 314 hp. The car accelerates to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds, while its maximum speed is 254 km / h. But the fuel consumption of such a handsome man is corresponding - 18 liters per 100 km. Especially for the police version of the car, a four-speed automatic was installed on it. The vehicle was in service for four years. The last batch of Camaro Police modifications rolled off the assembly line in early 2002.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Police. In 2008, Mitsubishi unveiled its Lancer Evolution X Police Edition, a car designed specifically for London police. This sports sedan has a turbocharged two-liter DOHC MIVEC engine producing 300 hp. The model has a six-speed transmission with two clutches and S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control). This allows you to control the transmission of braking force and torque to each individual wheel. The vehicles began to serve in the British capital in 2008. If the bad guys have cars like that, why shouldn't the authorities get the same ones? The police version differs from the production model with a special body paint and a flashing light on the roof.
Lotus Evora Police. And again, a cool British police car. There are probably no street racers left in the West Midlands after the local police received the first batch of Lotus Evora Police in late 2010. The sports car has a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 280 hp under its hood. The low weight of the car (1350 kg) allows it to accelerate to a hundred in less than 5 seconds, and its top speed is 261 km / h. British police believe that the car will last them at least a couple of years. Given the fact that there are only a couple of seats in the Evora, the police sports car is mainly intended for chasing fugitive cars. There is simply no room here to transport a dangerous criminal in handcuffs. Do not place it in the trunk, its volume, by the way, is 160 liters. Externally, the car remained the same as the serial Evora. Lotus just changed into the signature police paint, installing police headlights on the roof, changing the radiator grille and the interior of the dashboard. The cost of such a car at current prices is about $ 80,000.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia. It is this car that is the most famous among all modern police officers. It seems that some car fans are willing to join the Italian traffic police if only for the opportunity to ride this sports car. The interior of the car has rich equipment - a computer, a video camera, a radio station and a storage compartment for weapons. Powerful propulsion is provided by a 5.2-liter engine with a power of 552 hp. The car can accelerate to 325 km / h, reaching 100 km / h in just 3.7 seconds. An interesting fact is that in addition to the standard police equipment, the Gallardo Polizia model is also equipped with medical equipment. There is a cardiological unit that allows you to give an electric shock, a defibrillator that restores the normal heartbeat rhythm after resuscitation, and even a refrigeration unit for transporting donor organs for transplantation. This is not surprising, because cars are used not only for chasing offenders, but also for emergency assistance on the roads. Since 2008, there are only a few such unique sports cars at the disposal of the Italian police. But the police had already broken one of them. The driver recalled how, while patrolling the streets, together with a partner, they suddenly saw another car jumped out of the gas station. The policeman, trying to avoid a head-on collision, turned sharply into the parking lot and crashed into the cars standing there. People got off with minor bruises, but the car can no longer be restored.