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These are the world’s best police cars

  1. The quote is brief, but clarifies what we’ve wanted to know: that Dubai’s police fleet is the coolest police fleet in the world. “The Dubai Police Force has always sought, through the introduction of sports leagues within its vehicle fleet, to enhance the security presence for the police, and to keep up with the highest international standards of technical and scientific developments.”

    They’ve got a Lamborghini, a Bentley, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari, a McLaren and others, but now they’ve just added Top Gear magazine’s 2014 Car of the Year to the garage: a BMW i8.

    Watch: Dubai’s police cars play F&F

    Yep, the petrol-electric hybrid with looks straight out of a science fiction comic has landed in the Middle East, and has added yet another astonishing motor to a collection of cars that is fast becoming, well, fast.

    You’ll know all about the i8 and its prowess, but if not, click here.

    But where do you think this BMW i8 fits in the pantheon of great police cars? Have a click through Top Gear’s history in the gallery that follows, and let us know your thoughts below. If it’s not in this list, which car do you think needs a police makeover?

  2. Dubai police Ferrari FF

    Announced on Twitter earlier this year, Dubai’s police force admitted that yes, they had bought a V12-engined pursuit vehicle in the shape of the four-seat Ferrari FF. The four-wheel drive will doubtless prove vital for all those snow-and-ice police chases across the UAE.

  3. Dubai police Lamborghini Aventador

    That FF was preceded by a Lamborghini Aventador cop car, handy for pursuing criminals driving Lamborghini Aventadors.

  4. Italian police Lotus Evora S

    Ah yes, the Evora S again. Though this time, used by the Carabinieri - surely the world’s hardest and most scariest police force (they’re trained as soldiers for crying out loud) - for expediting the transfer of essential human organs. They’re even equipped with fridges to keep said organs fresh. Don’t get on the wrong side of the Italian rozzers, mind, or you’ll find your own offal-parts in there too…

    Top Gear rides along with the Carabinieri

  5. UK police Caparo T1

    Another ‘safety-message’ stunt saw this Caparo T1 liveried up as a police car. But just imagine if it really was a police pursuit vehicle. Assuming it didn’t become on fire, you’d have NO chance of escaping.

    Jeremy drives the Caparo T1

  6. Italian police Lamborghini Gallardo

    203mph, 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, 560bhp and four-wheel-drive: this is how the Italians do law enforcement. Well, did anyway. Though replaced by the new Huracan, this Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 was donated by Lambo to the Italian State Police to help ‘accident and crime prevention and sustain security on Italian roads’. Yikes.

    How the Lamborghini Gallardo evolved

  7. US police Chevrolet Corvette

    Not a Real Thing, unfortunately, instead drawn by former GM man ‘Maximum’ Bob Lutz as a flight of fancy. Quite a good flight of fancy.

    Top Gear takes a jet flight with Bob Lutz

  8. Dubai police Brabus G63 AMG

    This 690bhp ‘Widestar’ can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and on to an official top speed of 149mph. Unofficially, you’d have to be clinically bonkers to attempt to outrun any police force that ultimately decides on a four-wheel-drive, modified off-roader as a suitable police vehicle.

    Brabus E63 and G63 at Essen

  9. Humberside Police Lexus IS-F

    Yes please. You can keep your Astras and Insignias and Hyundais thanks; we’d much rather see UK cops behind the wheel of a 416bhp Lexus IS-F. Although mainly used as a deterrent, it could be used to chase crims on the run: the IS-F packed an onboard computer to allow officers to access the national police database while on the move.

  10. Dubai police Aston Martin One-77

    Oh dear god, they just won’t stop, will they? Not content with stickering up an Aventador, FF and G63 to police duty, Dubai’s offices pressed one of the world’s most beautiful, rarest and fastest cars into service: the Aston Martin One-77. For the love of all that’s sacred in your life, please, do not speed in Dubai.

    Top Gear drives the Aston Martin One-77

  11. Brabus CLS V12 S ‘Rocket'

    Be very thankful that this isn’t actually a real life, working-dog police car. It was built way back in 2006 to promote safe tuning in Germany, though there’s nothing safe inside here. Underneath sits a twin-turbo V12 produced 730bhp, enough to haul the CLS ‘Rocket’ to a top speed of 225mph. Schnell!

  12. US police Dodge Charger

    Replacing the ageing Crown Vic, this Charger was built with feedback from actual police officers in the States, and is a working, badge-holding, real-life police car. In fact, Chrysler claims it to be the fastest American police car in the history of ever: the RWD version clocked the fastest lap time ever recorded for a cop car around Michigan State Police’s Vehicle Evaluation Race.

  13. Australian police HSV GTS

    This HSV is a tyre-shredding, police-liveried loon, delivered to the officers of the New South Wales police department, and funded by the NSW Centre for Road Safety. Though - as with many of the cars on this list - it’s more of a ‘message car’ than an actual highway patrol/pursuit vehicle. Though if you see it on the road, don’t be mistaken: there are still REAL POLICE OFFICERS hiding it inside, who won’t hesitate to floor it if you break the law…

    Top Gear goes in search of Aussie muscle

  14. UK Police Lotus Evora S

    You’re looking at a police-liveried Evora S, donated by the fine chaps over at Lotus to officers from Norfolk, Sussex, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, to help spread the message that speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving while using a mobile phone simply isn’t cricket.

    The idea is that an Evora S will engage younger drivers better than, say a diesel Astra, thus allowing the rozzers to deliver their important safety messages. And also look well cool, innit.

  15. UK police Jaguar XF

    OK, so it’s a diesel, but with a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds, it’s still quick enough to outsmart many. Plus, those police officers are trained in driving like, really fast.

  16. US police undercover Nissan GT-R

    A couple of years back, EVI - run by a former secret service agent - told TG.com that it had been tasked with building a police car for an undisclosed US police department for undercover duty. Based on a Nissan GT-R. Judging by the picture above, it is possibly the most terrifying thing we have ever seen.

    First drive: the Nismo GT-R (warning: contains FAST)

  17. The TG boys' police cars

    On the other end of the terror scale comes our effort. Jeremy, Richard and James were given a small budget to build a proper police car. Fair to say they collectively failed.

    Classic clip: The boys build police cars

  18. UK police McLaren 12C

    Those planning a retirement holiday in Marbella after that ‘one last job’ should probably thank the heavens that the image above is not representative of an actual police car. It is a McLaren 12C Spider dressed up as a police car.

    The 12C Spider was loaned by McLaren to the West Midlands Police for the Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC as a demonstrator. BMW also got in on the act and offered up an i3 too, free of charge, for display purposes only.

    No doubt it’s to encourage a greater discourse between police and motorists, but you have to admit, a 12C Spider in police livery looks quite cool. And a bit scary, not least because underneath the stripes sits a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 with 616bhp, and the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds (the same as the coupe) and top out at 204mph. So bloody fast, then.

  19. Australian police Volvo S60 Polestar

    If you are a criminal in Australia, you may want to reconsider your life choices. Because the NSW Police’s Rose Bay local area command have been given a Volvo S60 Polestar as a squad car.

    It’s quite a thing, too. Underneath the blue hue sits a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 350bhp, a six-speed paddleshift automatic gearbox and Haldex four-wheel-drive. 0-62mph takes just 4.9 seconds, it’ll hit 124mph less than 13 seconds after, and top out at 155mph.

    OK, so it’s not the fire-spitting, 501bhp concept Polestar S60 we drove a couple of years ago, but remains plenty quick for… well, community fetes, actually. We’re told that although it won’t be a first response type vehicle, it will be used as a support car and as a festival Thing to show off at events such as the Australian Open (Volvo is a major partner).

    Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren handed over the S60 to NSW Police, the second high-performance Volvo to be used by the force - they got an S60 T5 last year too.

  20. It’s happened. No sooner have we driven it, than Lamborghini has done the honourable - and dastardly - thing of donating one example of its brand new Lamborghini Huracan to the Italian State Police.

    That’s right, the Italian rozzers now have a 610bhp supercar in its ranks. God help us all.

    Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann donated the new Huracan to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, at a ceremony in Rome. It will of course, replace the Gallardos used by the Italian police since 2004 and 2008.

    Ah yes, the Gallardo. Don’t forget, the new Lamborghini Huracan is the Gallardo’s successor, and has a great burden on its pointy shoulders - the Gallardo is the company’s best-selling model in history.

    Lamborghini Gallardo, This Is Your Life

    As such, the new Huracan - and indeed, this one decked out in the cool blue of the Italian Polizia - gets a 5.2-litre V10 tuned to 610 horses, in order to go from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-124mph in 9.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 200mph.

    Which should prove some warning for any budding crimesmiths in Italy. This Lambo will begin service at the end of the year “in order to sustain security on Italian roads by continuing accident and crime prevention”. That’s sub-zero levels of cool, you’ll agree.

    TG verdict on the new Lamborghini Huracan

  21. This is the 2015 Dodge Charger police car, and you have the right to remain silent.

    Not only does it look properly terrifying - monster front bull-bars, sinister projector-beam headlights and a streamlined silhouette - but, as a true American cop car should, it comes with a socking great V8.

    You can, of course, get the Charger police car with the ‘Pentastar’ V6 (292bhp, 260lb ft torque), but any self-respecting US police force will want the V8 version. Specifically the 5.7-litre, HEMI-engined V8 with 370bhp, 390lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds.

    Fast enough to give the majority of road-bound crims food for thought. Then there’s the reinforced RWD chassis, featuring performance suspension, load-levelling shocks, heavy duty brakes, stabiliser bars all round, 18-inch performance tyres, and - officially the Best Thing Ever - steel wheels.

    Inside you get, officer, a new seven-inch full-colour (sorry, color) instrument cluster, police-spec front seats (to better hold officers’ belt-mounted gear and felon-absorbing waistlines) and the ability to customise your ride with the help of Mopar.

    Sadly customisations don’t include multi-coloured grenade racks or machine guns in the headlights or oil slicks on the rear or revolving numberplates. Partly because it’s not 1964, and partly because Mopar isn’t run by five-year olds or Top Gear.

    Rather, you get the option of bolstering the electrical performance of the car, add new graphics, ballistic door panels for the driver and passenger, and steel seat back inserts for the driver in case perps in the back become… agitated.

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