Everyday police cruisers aren't all that exciting. However, they're well-maintained tuned-up versions of their civilian counterparts. So, they're capable of giving you a run for your money if you decide to run from the police. There's a chance you might get away if you're in a supercar or on a street bike, but even then, it's difficult to outrun the radio.
Even with a clear advantage over criminals, police departments are adding supercars to their arsenal. They have helicopters, armored vehicles, bikes, and supercars. Of course, not every department takes their pursuit and PR vehicles so seriously. Some countries only have police cruisers, while others, like Dubai, have an entire fleet of impressive high-speed vehicles.
I've always been interested in how fast police vehicles were, not because I'm trying to outrun them or anything. I'm just curious, so I did some digging, and I found 25 of the fastest police cars in the world. Dubai, by far, has the largest fleet of police supercars, and they aren't slowing down anytime soon. Every year, they add new cars. The latest is a Koenigsegg One.
So, if you've ever wondered if you could outrun the police in your favorite supercar. The answer is, it depends on where you are. Even in the fastest, most exotic supercar, the police in Dubai can and will catch you. Germany is another country with a respectable fleet. Check out the others to see exactly how fast these police cars are.
25 Audi R8 - Dubai
The Dubai chief of police added these two Audi R8s to the family in November of 2016. Audi's R8 is the fastest Audi ever made, and it's a ton of fun to drive. The starting MSRP is $164,900. The big V10 engine produces 540 horsepower and pushes the car from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The R8 is attractive, too. It sits on 5-spoke 19-inch designer wheels, and the low growling of the exhaust announces the R8's presence wherever it goes. Furthermore, the R8 handles unbelievably well even at high speeds, which is a good thing, too. The Audi R8's top speed is just shy of 196 mph. However, Dubai's police department isn't only interested in pursuing criminals. The chief of police says the supercars are a way to connect with the community.
24 Ariel Atom - The United Kingdom
The Ariel Atom is another amazing police vehicle I wouldn't mind driving. However, it takes some nerve to get behind the wheel of this thing, which looks like a cross between an Indy car and a go-kart. This is definitely not a go-kart, though.
Powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Honda K24 VTEC engine with a 6-speed transmission giving it 230 horsepower, the Yokohama S.drive tires grip the road as they quickly catch up to speeding street bikes and racing cars. The United Kingdom added the innovative vehicle in an effort to educate the public on the dangers of motorbike speeding. Like many of the cars on this list, the Atom is just as much for show as it is for service.
23 Spyker C8 - The United Kingdom
The Spyker C8 is one of the rarest cars in the world. And with a price of approximately $425,000, it's one of the most expensive as well. The vehicle hits a top speed of 187 mph with the V8 4.2-liter engine, which produces 320 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Its zero to 60 is a quick 3.5 seconds, and it makes the Spyker more than just a sporty cruiser. It's a capable high-speed pursuit vehicle and a great tool for police chasing street racers.
The engine sits in the middle of this rear-wheel-drive car, which helps with weight distribution and gives the Spyker better handing. The Spyker is manufactured in the Netherlands and was first introduced in 2003.
22 Chevrolet Camaro SS -Dubai
Dubai's Chevy Camaro SS is an all-American supercar that stands up among competitors globally. A 6.3-liter V8 engine powers the SS with a 6-speed manual transmission. And even with the big engine, it receives reasonable gas mileage at 16 city mpg and 24 highway mpg. With 455 horsepower, the American-made Camaro SS does zero to 60 in 4 seconds flat.
With the reasonable price of under $60,000 for a well-equipped SS, the specs are incredible. When you add in the fact that it's a fairly comfortable 4-seat sports car, the Camaro can definitely be considered an excellent and underused addition to any fleet of police vehicles. Luckily, the Dubai police department is giving the iconic car a chance to prove itself in their fleet.
21 Ford Mustang - The United States
The Steeda Ford Mustang GT Police Interceptor is a mean force to reckon with. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is stunningly fast in comparison to civilian Mustangs. With 777 horsepower and 655 lb-ft of torque, it's capable of catching almost any street-legal car on the road. The zero-to-60 speed and top speed of the Mustang Police Interceptor aren't published, but the top speed is over 200 mph. The specially made Mustang's zero-to-60 speed is likely equal to if not better than the Mustang Shelby GT500's 3.5-second time. That's faster than the other American super-pursuit car, the Camaro SS. Plus, the Mustang is able to compete with exotic cars around the world, making this vehicle an exceptional asset for police forces in the United States.
20 Dodge Challenger - The United States
The Dodge Challenger is a beast of a patrol car. To outrun it, you'll need an impressive exotic car. With an experienced driver behind the wheel, the Dodge Challenger Police cruiser is a fierce competitor for criminals on the streets.
The Challenger is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which produces 485 horsepower paired with the standard TREMEC six-speed manual transmission. Of course, the police version hides additional unseen performance parts that help to make it faster than your typical HEMI V8 Challenger. Overall, it's a fierce-looking American muscle car that gets to 60 in 5.1 seconds, which isn't bad given the extra equipment these cars are outfitted with.
19 Chevrolet Corvette - The United States
Chevrolet's Corvette police car is another impressive American-built muscle car. American-built patrol cars have put in work for years and made a name for themselves. Recently, the New Braunfels Texas Police Department added an impressive 1,005-horsepower Z06 Corvette to their arsenal. The lightweight sports car was part of a property seizure that included several other cars, jewelry, cash, real property, and guns totaling more than $1 million.
The impressive supercar was already modified to reach the current 1,005 horsepower. Luckily for criminals, like the meth dealer the Z06 was seized from, the vehicle won't be a patrol car. The police department will use the mega muscle car for PR events as many of the police departments do with their own supercars.
18 Lamborghini Gallardo - Rome, Italy
Rome's Lamborghini Gallardo was the department's pride and joy, but it was recently replaced by the newer Huracan. The Italian-made Lamborghini Gallardo still sports exciting specs. So, it's obvious why the Rome police chose the supercar as the first to represent them on the streets.
The 5.2-liter V10 542 horsepower engine does a top speed of more than 200 mph and drives zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. Criminals, beware in Rome. I'm sure the police love an excuse to push the Lambo to its limits in a high-speed chase—something civilians never have the opportunity to do. Police have to protect and serve the community; it's about time they get to have some fun doing their job.
17 Lexus IS-F - The United Kingdom
The Lexus IS-F took the place of the Humberside Police Departments Subarus, which worked extremely well in combating illegal street racing and organized crime. The department evaluated the Lexus IS-F for a period of 12 months prior to making the decision to replace the Subarus in their fleet. They seem to have made a wise decision, though, as the IS-F is a high-performance vehicle that's specially tuned for optimum results. Plus, driving it is one of the most enjoyable driving experiences you can imagine. The ride is smooth but ultra responsive. It features a 5.0-liter V8 engine, so officers can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The vehicle's computer sets the max speed at 168 mph. Furthermore, the IS-F's electrical system is easily capable of acting as a platform for the necessary computer equipment.
16 Mazda RX8
Japanese automaker Mazda's RX8 is quite the little car. The rear-wheel drive's engine is in the front of the vehicle. The RX8's suspension consists of a double wishbone front and a multi-link rear. Mazda achieves the lightweight design through the use of plastic and aluminum parts. The sports sedan's rear wheels receive power through a torque-sensing conical limited slip differential, which gives better handling.
The Mazda RX8's rotary 1.3-liter engine provides 232 horsepower and 159 lb-ft of torque. Driveline traction control helps stabilize the rear-wheel-drive car. The expert Japanese vehicle performance design is essential to its handling. Furthermore, plenty is available to tune up the 4-seat vehicle, and I'm sure the police know what they're doing in that department. So, while the civilian RX8 is a zippy economical ride, the police patrol car is significantly more aggressive.
15 Brabus Mercedes CLS Rocket - Germany
The Brabus Mercedes CLS Rocket is an impressive vehicle. The large four-door car is large enough to throw a criminal in the back, and it hauls under pressure with a V12 engine producing 800 horsepower and 1,024 lb-ft dialed back to 811 lb-ft of torque to keep things under control in the rear. This gives the CLS Rocket the ability to go from zero to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.
Driving the beast at high speeds is smooth due to an automatic height-adjusting coil-over Bilstein setup. Large heavily ventilated disk brakes on all four wheels help the Brabus stop even when traveling at high speeds. In terms of police vehicles, the CLS Rocket is one of the fastest and safest, as the large vehicle body offers plenty of safety features not available in other supercars with similar power. However, it comes with a huge price tag of around $578,000, too.
14 Mercedes SLS AMG - Dubai
The Mercedes SLS AMG is another of the many cars in Dubai's supercar police fleet. The pressure is nothing for the SLS, though. It's ready to impress, weighing 3,723 lbs and packing a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The V8 engine gives the SLS 479 lb-ft of torque and 583 horsepower.
The large engine and light frame allow the Mercedes SLS AMG to travel at a top speed of 196 mph. And, it accomplishes zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds. The SLS is a beautifully sleek car, and it handles exceptionally well, even around turns at higher-than-posted speeds. Its appearance isn't as aggressive as some of the cars on this list, but it holds its own when put to the test. I'll put it this way—I wouldn't complain about driving the SLS.
13 Jaguar XF - England
Jaguar's XF made its debut in 2010 as police cars when the Central Motorway Police Group in England purchased seven Diesel S Jaguar XFs. The vehicles have a 3.0-liter diesel engine capable of producing 275 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle impressively reaches 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 186 mph.
Plus, they're not just fast. They give excellent gas mileage and low emissions as well. Jaguar has been through some difficult times over the past two decades, but the iconic car is making a comeback although Jaguars are known for having all types of mechanical and wiring issues. In fact, my grandmother had one, yet I rarely saw it. It was always in the shop to the tune of a pretty penny. Hopefully, the Central Motorway Police Group made a wise decision.
12 Honda NSX - Japan
The Honda NSX is just one of Japan's super fast police cars. The Japanese police have a long history of pursuing criminals in highly tuned Japanese sports cars. That's one of the benefits of having an auto industry that's rich in performance vehicles.
Honda's NSX, which is sold outside Japan as the Acura NSX, is a well-thought-out sports car. It's not too fast, but it's fast enough. Its zero to 60 is a respectable 5 seconds. Plus, unlike other supercars, it receives excellent gas mileage even with the 3.2-liter V6 engine that powers the NSX. Plus, the ride is great. Trust me, you could have much worse things to do than patrol in the Honda NSX. I'm sure the Japanese police officers who drive the NSX aren't complaining.
11 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor - The United States
Ford's Police Interceptor is nothing to scoff at with its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine and AWD. The engine produces enough power to get it to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, making it faster than the Dodge Charger and the Chevrolet Caprice by almost a second. The Interceptor gets its advantage by driving power to all four wheels. In fact, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police both tested the interceptor with other police vehicles, and the interceptor was a clear winner in both in several categories. Even V8 competitors weren't able to out-compete the Interceptor. Needless to say, this makes the Interceptor a favorite among police departments throughout the United States. Definitely, the Interceptor is a great example of what performance tuning and AWD can do for an everyday car.
10 Bentley Continental GT
Bentley's Continental GT precedes the recently added Bentley Bentayga as the fleet's first Bentley. The Continental GT is a roomy 2-door, 2-seat sports coupe. A V8 motor powers the S coupe, which has a starting MSRP of $217,325. It receives 582 horsepower from the large 6.0-liter turbocharged 12-cylinder engine. The Continental has a 24-gallon gas tank, making it perfect for extended trips, and on the highway, it receives 21 mpg.
Of course, the gas mileage depends on how you drive it. It gets from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds. However, the police version of this car is likely able to complete the task in a time closer to the 3.4 seconds of the Bentley Continental GT Supersport as a result of special police-edition fine tuning.
9 McLaren MP4-12C
McLaren's MP4-12C is one of the rarest exotic cars on this list, and it's another of my personal favorites. It's a sexy sport coupe with amazing handling, and the engine roars when you hit the gas. The MP4-12C packs a mean 3.8-liter dual-turbocharged, 616-horsepower engine and reaches 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.2 seconds. The starting MSRP is just over $140,000, which makes it an amazing deal in comparison to many of the cars on this list. The transmission adds to the speed of this police super-pursuit vehicle by giving the driver the ability to shift gears faster than most exotics allow. The price, unbeatable handling, and super fast engine and transmission make this a mean contender among other vehicles like it.
8 Ferrari 458 Italia - Milan, Italy
Rome isn't the only place in Italy with a supercar. The Milan police have a beautiful Ferrari 458. It's the only 458 police car in the world, and the Milan police hope to show its citizens that no matter what you're packing under the hood, you can still drive responsibly. I guess, if an officer can maintain his speed and follow the posted speed-limit signs on Milan's roads in the 458, anyone can.
The 458's 4.5-liter V8 engine gives the car 570 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. The powerhouse pushes the V8 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds, making it one of the fastest police cars in the world behind the Bugatti Veyron and the Porsche 911 Carrera. Even with its competitors chasing closely behind it, the 458 features incredible handling, which makes it not only fast but also fun to drive.
7 Nissan Skyline - Japan
The Nissan Skyline is another in Japan's fleet of fast patrol cars. The R34 Skyline is also a favorite for auto enthusiasts around the world. It's a very reliable vehicle that offers a fun sporty drive, and it's perfect for everyday driving. Nissan has a history of developing excellent-quality performance-focused vehicles.
The extremely lightweight R34 powered by a 2.6 L twin-turbo RB26DETT all-wheel-drive engine and paired with a 6-speed Getrag Transmission reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. However, Skylines can be highly tuned to produce much more power and quicker track times. In fact, the Dubai Police Department's Bugatti Veyron might not really be the fastest police car. In a drag race, the R34 Nissan Skyline won. Plus, the Skyline is a steal compared to the Bugatti, even with the performance tuning necessary to beat the Veyron.
6 Bugatti Veyron - Dubai
The Bugatti Veyron is currently the fastest police car in the world with a zero-to-60 time of just 2.46 seconds. The results are thanks to the Veyron's enormous 8.0-liter V16 gasoline-powered engine. The crown jewel of the Dubai Police's super fleet with 1,200 horsepower, it gets just 15 mph on the highway and a ridiculous 7 mph in the city.
The 16-cylinder engine features 64 valves and four turbochargers. The only vehicles that threaten to steal the Veyron's crown are the Dodge Demon police concept car and the Veyron's big brother, the Chiron. Only time will tell which of the two the Dubai police will add to their fleet first. Of course, the Dubai police don't have a ton of competition with their already huge fleet of jaw-dropping supercars.
5 Lotus Evora - The United Kingdom
The Lotus Evora used by police in the United Kingdom is an amazing vehicle in terms of price and specs. The starting MSRP is just $69,297. Yet, the supercar's top speed is more than 200 mph, and it reaches 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
The highway patrol car receives its power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. The specs are respectable, but not thrilling. However, when you consider the incredibly reasonable price and the Evora's 17 city mpg and 24 city mpg, it's a winner. The officers driving this car have nothing to complain about—unless they need to chase a Bugatti, in which case, keeping up will be more of a challenge.
4 Ferrari LaFerrari - Dubai
Dubai's Ferrari LaFerrari offers a top speed of 217 mph thanks to the massive 6.3-liter V12 engine it boasts of. Along with its powerful motor, the car also boasts a high price, with a starting MSRP of around $1 million. The vehicle's engine reaches the maximum 950 horsepower with Ferrari's HY-KERS system, which electrically helps the engine. The electric motor powers the rear axle with 161 horsepower. The power stays with this car no matter what gear you're in while driving at any speed. Aiding the engine is a 7-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission. The beautiful interior of the LaFerrari matches the exterior perfectly, and each owner is able to completely customize the interior—I'm sure Dubai's LaFerrari interior is unlike any other as it's the only police-fleet member in the world.
3 Porsche 911 Carrera - Austria
Austria recently announced that the competitive Porsche 911 Carrera would begin patrolling its highways. Like many other supercar-owning police departments, the Austrian police hope their supercar will help them connect with the community and teach drivers responsibility.
The 911 reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and maxes out at a top speed of 180 mph. A 3.4-liter flat-6 powers the ride, and a high-performance suspension gives the Carrera 911 S great corner-hugging ability. So, even in turns, the super police-pursuit car is able to keep up with some of the best supercars on the market. Plus, the Austrian police are likely packing a hidden punch with the 911 in the form of performance modifications and custom tuning.
2 Lamborghini Huracan - Rome, Italy
Lamborghini specially designed this Huracan for the Rome police. The Italian automaker is proud to outfit the Italian police with the Huracan, which replaces their previous Lamborghini Gallardo. Both are similar from the exterior; however, the Huracan definitely has a name for itself.
The new car comes with a starting MSRP of $211,301 compared to the $156,980 MSRP of the Gallardo. The Huracan is a rear-wheel-drive car with its V10 engine placed in the mid-rear of the vehicle. The engine placement is essential to the Huracan's "hypercar" design. As seen in other police cruisers, the vehicle performance is largely based on the engine configuration, transmission, and tuning. Lamborghini designed the Huracan well, and it shows in the vehicle's popularity among both uniformed and civilian drivers.
1 Bentley Bentayga - Dubai
The Bentley Bentayga is the newest member of Dubai's police-car family. Added in 2018, the newest Bentley features the department's updated logo. It's part of a marketing campaign to educate the public about the Dubai police. The logo redesign removed the former logo's base and the tagline. The design changes signify the name the Dubai police have made for themselves as a global leader in law enforcement. The chief of police feels the department no longer needs an introduction. However, the campaign isn't only about the department. It's also an outreach to connect with the citizens, an effort begun years back when the department began their super fleet.
The Bentayga crossover SUV starts at $229,100 and accomplishes zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, 1.7 seconds faster than the 2018 Land Rover SVAutobiography can.
Sources: Top Speed; MSN; Business Insider