Here are some cop cars you wouldn't mind being pulled over by.
Dubai has the best-known fleet of cop cars in the world, stuffed with vehicles from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley, along with a Bugatti Veyron, and even an Aston Martin One-77. We've covered those in-depth, though, so we're going to have a look around the rest of the world at some the awesome cars lucky cops get to call their office for the day, as well as one incredible piece of law enforcement history. We're sticking to cars that are actually used rather than concepts, so apart from a couple of older ones, these can occasionally be seen flying down the road with lights and sirens blaring.
Not only is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio a useful four-door sedan powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 laying down over 500 horsepower, but it's stylish to boot. Those are the perfect ingredients for the Italian Carabinieri, Italy's national police department, as it's fast, can hold a couple of criminals in the back seats, has a trunk large enough for storing equipment, and complements the gendarme's Ray-Bans perfectly. The Carabinieri version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio comes complete with the performance suspension, carbon-fiber body parts, and active aerodynamics.
Humberside Police in the UK came under fire for spending a lot of money on the Lexus IS-F as a replacement for its Subaru chase cars. After fitting all the necessary equipment, the cost is estimated at around $137,000 per car. Humberside Police say it spent 12 months testing the IS-F and similar cars and concluded that the Lexus model is a "formidable package and is undoubtedly one of the most advanced police vehicles in the world."
The police department highlighted the IS-F's best high-speed stability while loaded down with police equipment as a primary reason it was chosen. Its mission is to help officers "deal with the criminals who use the roads for serious and organized crime."
If you look at a map of the UK, Wales is the country on the left side of the main island opposite Ireland. It's known for its rugged coastline and countryside, which includes lakes, glacial landforms, and mountains. It's the perfect place to trial the Ford Ranger Raptor as a police vehicle. It was put together by Ford's Special Vehicle Preparation unit based in Essex, which is a flat county in England. After modifications and adding equipment, the police Ranger Raptor weighs around 5,000 lbs. The 2.0-liter diesel engine powering the European truck only makes a little over 210 hp, so it's not going to be the fastest thing for chasing criminals, but it will be utterly relentless.
Back in 2009, Italian police were presented with a brand new Gallardo by Lamborghini to use. It was pressed into service to transfer internal organs for transplant emergencies and get blood supplies to accident sites in a hurry. The Gallardo was retired in 2017 with over 90,000 miles of duty logged, and replaced with a 5.0-liter V10 powered Huracan. According to a quote, this new car's job is "accident and crime prevention and sustain security on Italian roads."
Ironically, it was destroyed in an accident when it crashed into two parked cars. According to the police report, the driver swerved to avoid a vehicle leaving a gas station. We can't explain the Mercedes parked on the hood, though.
Australia used to be spoiled for choice when it came to powerful rear-wheel-drive sedans. Since the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore bit the dust, Queensland police Australia decided to be the first department to choose a car that isn't built by the Aussies. Not only does the Stinger look the part decked in police livery, its optioned with the 365-hp twin-turbo V6 under the hood, and it has a more than reasonable price tag for the performance. The Stinger is used as an "operational intercept and road command vehicle." For typical duty, Queensland police uses the more sedate Hyundai Sonata.
The Italian Carabinieri is a formidable force. It's both the national police force and the fourth branch of the Italian Armed Forces. It also has an anti-terrorism unit, which explains why the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a little less glamorous than other vehicles they use, and why it's armored. Along with body armoring, it also has bullet-resistant tires, side windows, and windshield. It uses FCA's 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel making 190 hp under the hood, and has upgraded suspension for the extra weight and to improve on-road handling.
Another Australian police department, this one in Victoria, has taken a different approach to its policing vehicles. This one is an attempt to be environmentally friendly. The downside is charging the Model X, but it does have an impressive range of 351 miles according to the EPA, and it never needs to idle. It's also roomy, has instant torque to deal with carrying around all the extra equipment police cars are kitted out with, and will hit 60 mph in around three seconds. With some well-placed Superchargers dotted around the city, it adds up to an excellent police car. Victoria Police has been working closely with Tesla as well as its equipment providers and fitters to integrate the hardware and software into the Tesla onboard system.
The Porsche Carrera 911 would doubtless suit the German police department cruising the Autobahn. However, this one is used by the Austrian police. It's fully functioning and puts in the miles, but its prime directive isn't to catch fleeing speed merchants. Porsche supplied the car, and the Austrian Director for Public Safety says it's out on the roads to show people that people can drive powerful sports cars responsibly. Porsche gains publicity, Austria gains a Porsche for a police department, and it costs taxpayers nothing. That's a win-win-win.
Steeda doesn't get a lot of press compared to its contemporaries, but it's up there with Shelby, Saleen, and Roush when it comes to tuning Ford cars. In 2015, Steeda introduced a police package for the Mustang with engine work and a Whipple supercharger to create a ballistically fast 777 hp and 655 lb-ft of torque. The upgrade also includes the comprehensive Steeda G-Trac Suspension/Chassis Stage I Package to create one of the best Mustang's on the road for handling. The Steeda Police Interceptor was made available as either a marked or unmarked police car, but it's not known how many have been purchased. We suspect it was more a publicity stunt for Steeda, but it's also a useful high-speed vehicle, so they're likely out there in the wild.
Dubai's list of police supercars is becoming legendary. It's mostly to impress visitors, though, so they're seen mainly in tourist areas. However, the Brabus G63 AMG is our favorite and serves a real purpose. Sure, Dubai has the fastest police car in the world, a Bugatti Veyron, but the Brabus B63-S 700 Widestar is used as part of a "Tune It! Safe!" program. The concept started in Germany to reach tuning culture and gain respect when showing up at events. The AMG G-Wagon is already a tuned beast, but the Brabus version has just short of 700 hp under the hood, and a widebody kit to house 23-inch wheels.
The idea of turning the Brabus B63-S 700 Widestar into a police car is supposed to encourage people to modify their cars in a legal and safe manner. And we're sure that's exactly what the driver thinks about every time he steps into it and presses the start button - there's no doubt in our minds whatsoever.
Dubai doesn't own the greatest police car on the planet, just the fastest. That honor goes to whoever currently owns this incredible piece of history: the Italian Polizia Ferrari 250 GTE. The fast police car was born because cops needed cars that would keep up with the fastest cars criminals could steal, and this is an example of that. Back in the day, the Italian police were using Alfa Romeo 1900s and 2600s, but they weren't fast enough. According to legend, Italian cop Armando Spatafora asked higher-ups for something faster, and when they asked him what kind of car he needed, he told them there's nothing faster than a Ferrari. In this case, an early 1960s Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series II.
We last saw it up for auction in April 2020. The auction site Girardo & Co says: "The combination of Armando Spatafora and this Ferrari on night patrol became so legendary that beating him in a car chase became a matter of prestige in Rome's criminal underworld. Spatafora's success rate was incredible, his knowledge, experience and driving skills a lethal combination for any getaway."