One day, I was driving in Maryland, around the "DMV" (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area, when I saw a biker zoom past the already-speeding crowd. Now, this area is notorious for unsafe driving, as made evident by all of us driving about 10 mph above the speed limit, including the nearby police car. I’m not sure what the guy on the motorcycle thought—I guess he didn’t like being average, or maybe, he just wanted to show off to the cop—but just after a few seconds of cruising around 65 mph, he started speeding, reaching around 75 or 80 mph in a 55-mph zone. The cop pulled him over.
Now, if you've ever been pulled over in the States, you know it takes a while before the officer gets out of his car and throws you the infamous “license and registration, please” line. That didn’t seem to be the case for this guy, who, momentarily after being pulled over, came back in the very light traffic—but accelerated and sped as fast as he could. Changing lanes rapidly, continuously accelerating, and reaching one exit to the next in 30 seconds or so, the guy was clearly fleeing, driving in excess of 100 mph. The cop couldn’t catch up in his vehicle, which I think may have been a Ford Crown Victoria.
But if the cop had some of the police cars listed in this article, the ending would've been completely different. So, here's a list of 20 insane police cars.
20 Spyker C8 Spyder
Equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine, the hand-built C8 Spyder was bequeathed to law enforcement in the countryside of Netherlands. The power of the C8 Spyder starts near 400 hp, but with different configurations of the engine, 620 hp is also a reality; the beauty can generate 354 lb-ft of torque. Available as a convertible and a coupe, the two-seater supercar looks cool for one. The exterior is different from your standard supercars. If this police car was ever behind me, I wouldn’t be able to fathom the vehicle and continue driving thinking it was a dream. The interior is also exceptionally shiny and innovative. With a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds, this police car is estimated to be worth $340,000! Stay away from the Flevoland police department.
19 Audi R8 GTR
Audi is an exceptional brand in the luxury sphere of the above-average performers of the world. It’s a feat to see the 2-door coupe as a police car in Germany. While production of the R8 began in 2006, the police Audi R8 GTR was modified by ABT Sportsline, a company in Germany. The police car has carbon fiber parts to decrease the weight and increase the speed, Recaro racing seats, a steel roll bar and the usual police lights and exterior colors. Part of the modification included upping the power output to 620 from the “lowly” 518 hp. With all these modifications, the 5.2-liter V-10 engine provided a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds! The base price of the Audi R8 is $164,900; imagine what this car cost!
18 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
When I initially decided to write this article, I wasn't expecting Ferrari to be a police car. I mean, Ferrari is a brand that even the starving kids in third-world countries know about. It’s like the McDonalds of fast food or Coca-Cola of soft drinks. Sure, there are Lamborghinis, McLarens, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, and Aston-Martins, but at the end of the day, a Ferrari is a Ferrari, and everything else, not a Ferrari.
Packed with a 5.7-liter V-12 engine, the 612 had the option of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed F1A semi-automatic. The car, liveried in the proper police colors, was provided to the British force in support of the Ferrari’s 60th-anniversary relay. While this one probably didn’t serve the duty of a police car as much as some of the others on the list did, wait until we get to Dubai’s Ferrari.
17 Lamborghini Huracan
Whoa, a Lambo! Before the Italian cops got their hands on the Huracan, they used to have a Gallardo LP560, but the two Gallardos were totaled in car crashes. The 5.2-liter V-10 engine is equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, generating 610 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The police version has some added perks for functionality. Besides the exterior color consistent with the Italian State Police theme, a video system and a camera next to the rear-view mirror, police radio equipment, and the likes, there's a refrigeration system for transporting organs to save lives. With a sub-three-second 0-60mph time, the car is apt for organ transportation, where every second gets counted. The base price of the Huracan in the U.S. is around a quarter million dollars.
16 Ferrari FF
And here we are in Dubai. Just to make sure no make was left in their department’s arsenal, they also got a Ferrari FF. The sports grand tourer, FF was in production from 2011-2016. The front is designed flawlessly, captivating one in the epic world of supercars; the rear, with its extremely prominent and sudden high-curves, is somewhat a turn-off in my opinion—despite boasting Ferrari to no end on the 612 Scaglietti entry. That said, what it lacks in appearance is far more than made up in performance. The 6.3-liter V-12 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch takes this four-seater past 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds! With a price tag of $300,000, the Dubai police has plenty of space to not only speedily apprehend criminals but also seat them in the back.
15 Lamborghini Aventador
The gods of Dubai bestowed Dubai with yet another high-end supercar. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is available as a 2-door coupe or a 2-door roadster; it looks like a rocket… and is a rocket on wheels. With a 6.5-liter V-12 engine in tandem with a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission, it can generate upwards of 700 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching an official top speed of 220 mph. The price to enjoy a luxury like this? Around $400,000. Some claim that it's meant to deter speeding and encourage others to behave in their own normal cars or supercars. Others say this is a tactic to captivate new police recruits. Others say it’s to attract the tourists. Whatever the reality may be, one thing's for sure: it can do all of those.
14 Bugatti Veyron
Wow! Wow! Wow! A Bugatti! A Bugatti! A Bugatti?!? Oh. My. God. Ok, ok, let me take a deep breath so I can express myself. But a Bugatti with the law enforcement? (But now that I'm thinking about it, it completely makes sense. Why shouldn’t the cops have one of the fastest cars out there? If anyone can potentially have it, shouldn’t more police departments also have it? Sure, the price is exorbitant, but maybe they can use the dough confiscated from drugs.) The only way you're going to beat a cop in the Veyron is if you're driving the Chiron. Otherwise, just forget it. And if you aren't driving a Chiron, then pull over on the side, come out of your car, put your hands behind your back, and ask to be handcuffed, so you can ride shotgun.
13 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Tired of driving the Ford Crown Victoria, the police department wanted to add a little spice to its inventory of cars; out the officials went and got a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS in Clayton County, Georgia. After all, the Chevrolet Camaro SS has a soft place in the hearts of millions of Americans, including the personnel at the Clayton County Sheriff Office. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS is the sixth-generation progeny of Camaros from 1967. Compared to the fifth-generation Camaros, the newer ones weigh 200 lb less but give similar, if not better, performance. This classic American muscle car is used specifically in the “Sheriff Unit,” where it’s driven daily by the officers, and showcased in community outreach programs. But a lot of police cars, including Dubai police cars, are Camaros, so that’s why its ranked at the bottom.
12 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi, the last generation of the Lancer Evolution, Evolution X, is equipped with a 2-liter I4 turbo engine. The transmission options are a 6-speed twin-clutch or a 5-speed manual. Different countries had different hp options; the UK model had between 300 and 360. A couple of these cars were used by the police department, more specifically, by the “Road Crime Unit” of South Yorkshire in England. The department already has a couple of Mitsubishi models, including the VIII and IX. While it has the same 2-liter 4-cylinder engine as the previous Lancer Evolution, the X has a new Automated Number Plate Recognition system, which provides more perks to the officers. The car was also fitted with some other police hardware and software.
11 Cadillac CTS-V
This is a pretty exciting police car, if you ask me. It’s a Cadillac, which gives an aroma of power and manliness, yet stays nimble during peak performance. The Bloomfield Hills Police Department in Michigan has been able to obtain several cars like the Cadillac CTS-V from the General Motors Police Vehicles division. GM provides the vehicles cost-free for about 30 days, after which the department sergeant, Noel Clason, who has a 12-year long relationship with the police vehicle division of GM, returns the vehicle and gets another one. After getting it from GM, the police department modifies the car to meet its needs. These vehicles aren't bad by any means; the CTS-V pictured here has a $100,000-plus retail value. They've used the CTS-V for various purposes, including giving a speeding ticket.
10 Hummer H1
A Hummer. It screams masculinity and strength from far away. Hummers don't give the best gas mileage, aren't environment-friendly, and can’t be parked in a tight parking space. But when you've got a mission to help keep society civic, all of those don’t matter when you've got the red and blue lights turned on. Beware, though - Hummers are not meant to chase criminals; its 0-60mph time is around 15 seconds, which is, of course, not very fast. The Hummer H1 can be used in various types of terrain, however. It's strong and powerful enough to withstand the worst driving conditions. The metal doors, the bumpers, and the lights can all be modified further to give an even better and safer environment for the cops. The H1 isn't produced anymore, but the Humvee is.
Humvee, the military vehicle, which surpasses the civilian Hummer's capacity, is an essential addition to any police department's arsenal. It’s quite fascinating to know that the Humvees were obtained via the military. In addition to the seven Humvees, Rhode Island also got to stock night-vision masks, silencers, and high-capacity magazines in its arsenal as the military showered the state with some of its surpluses. There's plenty of room in the capacious back for the officers to place all those items. Although opponents criticized the militarization of the local law enforcement, the Humvees are most helpful during the snow season, when the regular cruisers and SUVs become infirm. These Humvees are also kept for occasional flooding episodes. Back in 2010, the law enforcement was left debilitated after their modes of transportation became invalid; the Humvee can plow through such floods.
8 Lexus IS-F
I blew more air through my nose when I read the title “Over-Funded UK Police Department Buys Lexus IS-F” on Jalopnik about this car. When it’s coming out of the department’s pocket, any above-standard price, let alone a price tag of $88,000, should give it a little hiccup. But it’s a sporty car with a sweet ride, which the staff chose after a 12-month long vetting process. Equipped with a 5-liter V-8 engine, the IS-F can do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 168 mph. One of the things liked about this vehicle was its stability in high-speed operations, even with the extra weight of computers and other equipment; the electronic system was quite compatible with the car. With such a formidable package, you probably want to stay clear of the Humberside Police.
7 Jaguar XF-S
Jaguars aren't as well received as some of its rivals in the U.S., but in the U.K., they seem to be liked not only by the commoners but also by law enforcement personnel. A few years back, the Central Motorway Police added seven XF Diesel S's to their fleet, as the group continues to patrol numerous highways and locations.
Equipped with an AJ-VD Gen III S 3-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel engine, the gorgeous sedan can accelerate from 0-60mph in just a little less than 6 seconds. This model gave 33% more power and 61% more torque than the XF's previous model. Not that the law enforcers were looking out for enhancements and the marked improvements; they were just searching for better cars—and the jaguar was perfect for them.
6 Porsche 911
Not sure what this car's fate is now, but Germany did have a Porsche 911. The fabulous 911 first came out in 1963, and there hasn't been a reason to cease production ever since. The sports car allows for various body styles, such as 2-door coupes, semi-convertibles, and convertibles. The 911 owned by the German cops was modified to accommodate police operations by TechArt. Alongside the police livery and LED light bar, the performance-tuning company increased the power output by 15 hp. And that was a smart thing to do in a nation where large parts of the Autobahn (freeway) don’t have an enforced speed limit. You can go as fast as you want, but don’t be fooled into thinking you're invincible on the highway with these lurking around.
5 Lotus Evora S
Ooh, a Lotus—another British manufacturer. The production of Evora S began in 2009 and has been non-stop since. Available as either a two-seater coupe or a 2+2 coupe, the body of this sports car is dazzling. With the curves in the right place, a look from the front or the rear or the side leaves you wishing for it. And with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the cops can make their way to a top speed of 178 mph; if you dare to go above the speed limit, they can easily hunt you down with a sub-five-second 0-60 mph time. Some police officers in England get to drive the Evora S—but they're not the only ones. The national military police of Italy also decided to get a leg-up.
4 Nissan Skyline
Just when you thought you'd seen enough insane, aka cool, police cars, you see the picture of this Nissan Skyline. Perhaps you scratched your head. Let me untie the knots. The police car pictured here is a modified R34-generation Skyline GT-R, which has the all-wheel-drive setup and a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. According to Autoguide, this car generates around 276 hp and can go 186 mph at tops. Cars like this and the Mazda Rx-7, Honda NSX, and Nissan Z are used by the cops to take care of illegal street races. Despite it probably being one of the last one remaining from its batch—as the last R34-generation Nissan Skyline was produced in 2002—it’s definitely a nice change to see the Japanese police officers using a Skyline, instead of the Toyota Crown sedan.
3 Bentley Continental GT
Brace yourself for the prowess of the almighty Sheikh Khalifa and the Dubai police force under his rule. As you'll see, no other place has as many varieties of high-end police cars as Dubai, which might be expected from the largest city of the seventh-largest oil-rich nation, UAE. Bentleys are known for luxury, so I'm a bit confounded about its position on the list of “insane police cars.” That could mean many things, but luxury was the last thing to come to my mind—although, who knows? Maybe this car is more intended for cops and their colleagues, rather than catching criminals at high speeds. It’s a reasonable possibility, considering a fleet of supercars was built to reduce the distance between the tourists and the authorities of Dubai.
2 Aston Martin One-77
Talking about Dubai, here's another one, an Aston Martin One-77, which is a two-door coupe. As the name implies, there are only 77 of these in the world. (Seventy-six to be precise, as one crashed in May 2012.) The 7.3-liter V-12 engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic manual transmission, generating 760 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The price was totally outrageous when it came out in 2009: $2.4 million! Just take a moment if you need it, because I took one after reading what I just wrote. It looks astonishing though—the entire body is unique yet familiar to the senses. While the price tag of this car might deter them from doing a PIT maneuver, they can sure catch criminals at high speeds in the Martin.
1 Carbon Motors E7
The Carbon Motors E7 was an idea conceived by a former police officer and a former Ford executive. They wanted to build a car that would be produced only for the law enforcement and not the public. While the idea came to a dead-end after Energy Secretary Steven Chu rejected the loan application, the idea was novel and the features of the car exotic. Amongst other features, the car was going to have NIJ Level III-A ballistic protection of front doors and dash panel, head-up display, remote-start capability, driver-specific intelligent key, 360-degree exterior recording capability, night vision, isolated ventilation for front and rear compartment, and security features to prevent prisoner escape. The exterior of the car is also novel and dashing. Too bad it never gained enough momentum to become the police car of the U.S.
Sources: thedrive.com; businessinsider.com; jalopnik.com