Unlike the US force, the Dubai police greet and meet people, happily complying with requests for selfies. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, it’s Dubai. It’s the place where people go on vacation to enjoy and relax away from the realities of life. Officials of the largest and most populous city of the United Arab Emirates know that. They know that high-end, wealthy, flashy people come from across the world to enjoy the Gulf of the UAE, the sand dunes of city outskirts, and the “Abras” on the Dubai Creek. Sure, it’s a tad bit hot. (A little more than "a tad bit," actually. I had a layover there once, and I could feel the immense heat radiating from the sun through the plane’s window just as we were about to get off the plane. The AC was on, much like it had been throughout the entire flight. I guess the doors had been open for a few minutes.) Anyways, yes, it’s hot—but beautiful.
Given how popular Dubai is with tourists, city officials wanted to take the friendliness rating to another level. So, that’s why they started building a fleet of super police cars. The officials want to eliminate the barrier and make not only the city but also its authorities approachable to visitors. I think they're doing an admirable job. A lot of people seem to stop and take selfies with the cops and their cars.
As far as who’s got the better police cars... you decide that as you read this article.
16 Lamborghini Aventador
Meant to replace the Murcielago, which had dominated the market for a decade, the Aventador is the perfect V12 car to drive. It’s done quite well—it reached the 5,000-mark in 2016. Much like any Lambo, the Aventador was also named after a bull. The history of the Lambo is unique. Lamborghini, the Italian creator of the company, was a wealthy guy, owning a Ferrari in his days. One day, the clutch of his Ferrari wasn't working—and I guess he was looking around to fix it, as that day, he discovered that the clutch of his tractor and his Ferrari were the same. So, naturally, he went to Enzo and asked for a replacement, only to be greeted with something along the lines of “You’re a farmer and don’t know anything about sports cars.” Infuriated, four months later, he built the first Lambo. The rest is history.
15 Chevrolet Caprice
Essentially a rebadged version of the Holden Statesman driven in Australia, the Chevy Caprice is a powerful 3.6-liter V6 RWD car.
The entire concept of the Caprice started in 1965, and with its looks and driving, it gained popularity quickly to become the most popular American car in the ‘60s and the ‘70s.
While now, the full-size sedan is, of course, not the most popular American car, it still remains in the police fleet of the United States of America. The car has lovers not only in North America but also in the oil-rich lands of the Middle East. The one you see in the picture is a relatively new model; however, this police game started back in 1986, with Michigan State Police driving the Caprice because it had the fastest quarter-mile time and the best fuel economy amongst Ford, Dodge, and Plymouth.
14 Lexus RC-F
Standing for "Lexus Radical Coupe," the Lexus RC derives heavily from the IS and the LF-LC. The “F” part makes it the high-performance version of the RC. This is a relatively new car, with its launch happening in 2014. A quick glance at it shows an aggressive front design with the Spindle grille, and the rear also has a look that reminds you of a fastback from the ‘60s, although the roofline on the RC thankfully has a steeper slope. The 19-inch wheels just add on to the menacing look.
The car houses a 5-liter V8, which generates enough power to reach the 60-mph mark in just 4.4 seconds.
The two-door coupe holds four passengers. While it might not be able to compete with rival BMW M4 due to being slightly heavier on the curbs, it’s a good police car—unless the thief is driving an M4, I suppose.
13 Chevrolet Tahoe
This full-size SUV from GM is also part of the US police force. If you were curious, the GMC Yukon is its rebadged version. "Tahoe" refers to Lake Tahoe in the western US. Just as the surrounding scenery of Lake Tahoe, the Chevrolet Tahoe is rugged yet calm.
There's a “police package” that Chevrolet offers to the law-enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS agencies since at least 1997.
These cars had a lot added to them. For example, the current one is equipped with enough room in the cabin to allow for a police laptop and other accessory items. It’s created to swiftly capture the bad guys, and for that, Chevrolet provided the option of either a 2WD or a 4WD; the right choice is made based on the location of patrolling and the activity of the car.
12 Nissan GT-R
They have the Godzilla also—well, not the original Godzilla, but the car that carries that powerful engine in today's day and age. In production since 2007, the newer ones keep looking better and better; the current model year is just gorgeous. The sharp and mechanical creases make it ferocious. And, of course, supporting all that is the fire-breathing engine.
The one in the Dubai police fleet is equipped with a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V6.
While that’s not the most powerful engine option available from Nissan, it has plenty of horses to give it a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. Sales in the US have gone down since the past few years, but after the recession of 2008, Nissan picked up the pace, peaking in 2014. Needless to say, it's won several awards.
11 Ford Taurus
I've criticized the Taurus for not being an RWD. While the full-size car could still use that to its advantage, I think the police livery and customizations in the police package get some leverage. Just a side note—the Lincoln MKS was assembled at the same time the sixth-generation Taurus was being built. Looks like the Taurus became the police car for the US after production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ended in 2011. When it’s a police car, it’s not referred to as a Taurus, but rather a "Police Interceptor Sedan." The engines have a decent range of options, but the best one is the EcoBoost AWD, as its 0-60 time is 5.7 seconds and its top speed is 150 mph.
10 Audi R8
The beloved Audi R8—which Millennial doesn’t adore this car? Right from the outset, it shocks you with its looks. And not in the sense of “Oh boy, isn’t that just a disaster?” but in the sense that you just look at it and say, “Wow, that’s a beautiful car in and out.” I would go on to say the prototype of the car was even more beautiful, as the prototype was designed in 2003 and heralded everything, including the innovative LED headlights that the production R8 brought starting in 2006. But don’t get caught in the looks trap. With the R8, drivers got to experience what the Quattro engine meant. "Power," "force," and "rapid acceleration" are some of the words that come to my mind when I think “Quattro.” The Dubai police have one of these bad boys.
9 Chevrolet Impala
The full-size sedan was a total boss in its early days. Launched in 1957, the Impala became the American car in 1985 by becoming the best-selling car in the US. After 1985, there was a brief pause in the production of these cars, but the pace gained full momentum from 1999.
Chevy offered the police force the Impala 9C1 and 9C3 starting from the ninth generation.
Impala competed with Ford interceptors in providing the best services, so to speak. In model years 2007 and 2008, there was a cause of concern for tires wearing down due to problems with the suspension component. So, Chevy recalled and compensated police cars and personnel, respectively; civilian versions weren't compensated. The tenth-generation cars, with the full-length body, were the real deal.
I remember reading about how the overfunded Department of Defense bequeathed some leftover military machinery and vehicles to several states, including Rhode Island. And that’s how local police departments of Rhode Island gained uncountable night-vision masks, silencers, high-capacity magazines, bullet-proof helmets, and three improvised explosive-device training kits, and of course, a few armored Humvees. These are derived from the military Humvees but are made to fit in with the civilian world. Just by looking at it, you can tell it’s not meant for a high-speed chase, but hopefully, you could tell it comes in handy for any off-road needs. In fact, this one's used for transportation during the flooding season. The cargo is spacious enough to house any of the other equipment granted by the military counterpart.
7 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon
The mid-size, four-wheel-drive luxury is also hailed as the "G-Wagen." Despite the square appearance, it’s actually comfortable and drives well. It’s one of the longest in-production lineups from Mercedes. It’s an off-road vehicle. In fact, it was developed for the use of military personnel at the suggestion of a Mercedes shareholder. It’s from the military version that our civilian version here is derived. But don’t take that the wrong way.
Unlike the Humvee, which has a 0-60 time of a number that I won’t list here, the G-Wagon does that job in just 4.9 seconds.
The interior is posh, despite the right-angled, truck-like chassis. It’s comfortable, cool, and calm. There's plenty of space in the back, so if it ever came time to seat criminals, they'd enjoy the luxuries as well.
6 Chevrolet Camaro SS
This is about as American as things get in the United States of America. A Camaro SS is a cop car in the state of Georgia. And it’s an undercover car—meaning, the car looks as sporty as any 2017 Camaro SS looks, if not better in black. You could be riding along and not even think this would be a police car. But just wait ‘till the lights are turned on… you wouldn’t believe the places it has police lights in. It looks like a decorated Christmas tree from the front. That combination of black and cyan is perfect. And because it’s a Camaro, it has the powertrain to back the fancy looks. It’s probably some kid’s dream to drive the 6.2-liter V8 and chase the bad guys.
5 Aston Martin One-77
The name "One-77" incorporates the number of units produced: 77. Now that we’re done with the nomenclature, let’s dive into discussing the beauty. It’s a low-riding car, resembling a Camaro SS, somewhat. But the big, staggered wheels are just perfect for a car of this height. Moving to the sides, the door has some nice aerodynamic curves; the back sports a continuous horizontal tail-light, which looks fantastic on a white-colored Aston Martin One-77. The interior is what I’m really a big fan of, though. It looks very cushiony and spongy but doesn’t look cheap at all—a nice thing to hear for a car that costs $1.6 M brand new. Production of these lasted for three years, the last being produced in 2012. One of these was crashed in Hong Kong, so now, only 76 exist in the world.
4 Cadillac CTS-V
The Cadillac CTS is an excellent mid-size luxury car. Add the high-performance part, the“V” in CTS-V,” and you just added the icing on the cake. They feature a pushrod OHV (overhead valve engines that were better than the flathead engines) and a posh interior. In fact, the CTS-V lineup offers what many of the high-end rivals, such as Audi RS6, BMW M5, and Mercedes E63 AMG offer but just at a lower price. But, at $86K, the price isn’t a beach walk, either.
The one pictured here costs nearly $100k. And that’s what some of the officers of Michigan drive.
The story of how this was obtained is entertaining. One of the police officers has a long-term relationship with the police division of GM in Michigan, and that apparently allows him to obtain one car a month for free.
3 Bugatti Veyron
This name dominated the past decade. It's broken so many records and has seen itself in the number one position on so many lists that it's difficult to keep within the space allotted by my editor if I did anything more than scratch the surface of this car's positives.
First, the engine is a W16, which is two V8s combined. When the Veyron was undergoing development, critics said it would be impossible to design a car like that. But Bugatti did.
And when it came out, it set the record for the fastest speed by a production car. It has its own mechanisms for activating the top-speed mode. And in the Veyron Super Short, the top speed is electronically limited to avoid tire disintegration. No criminal can escape a chase from this—unless, of course, that criminal's driving a Chiron.
2 Carbon Motors E7
This one deserves a spot on the list despite never becoming a US-wide phenomenon. The idea was to develop a car only for cops—no joking, no horsing around, no taking this car and lathering it in the police livery, no this, no that—just this car, for the entire nation’s police force. No other manufacturer would have the blueprint of the Carbon Motors. And the idea wasn't conceived by your average Joe, having been conceived by a former police officer and a former Ford executive member. Energy Secretary Steven Chu rejected the loan application for the undertaking, leading to a standstill and the eventual demise of the proposal. But the car was going to feature some novel items, including a ballistic-proof frame, remote-start capability, night vision, head-up display, and several security features to prevent prisoner escape.
1 BMW i8
The BMW i8 is one of the fancier electric cars. For a plug-in hybrid sports car, the entire exterior is eye-catching. Whether it’s the fact that the design of this lineup began only in 2014 or the fact that BMW is the mind behind the design, it looks captivating through and through. The bridge-type structure in the back mixes really nicely with the rest of the car. Let’s just say BMW took a chance with the avant-garde design and pulled it off fabulously. I’m not the only one to boast of its beauty—it was named the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year in 2012, then in 2013, the Best Production Preview Vehicle award. And then, AutoGuide’s award, and then another, and so on. Unfortunately, this is one of the cars on which the police livery attenuates the beauty of the factory setting.