It's not all budget-based boredom for cop cars.
Dubai is known for many things, and one of them is having cool police cars. The collection of cop cars in Dubai includes vehicles from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, a Bugatti Veyron, and even an Aston Martin One-77.
While Dubai may have the coolest cop cars, there are some other notable mentions we'll look at. There are quite a few wicked European police cars. The Italians also know how to pull you over in style. We have a few cool cop cars in the USA, mostly driven by electricity. More on that later.
This list was originally published in 2020 but was updated in June 2023 with the most recent and relevant information.
In Italy, looking good is more important than looking for criminals. That's why the Carabinieri uses the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Not all Italian police cars are the go-faster model, however. The government also purchased a few of the turbocharged four-pot models. What use is a 500-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged Ferrari-derived V6 in Rome?
The Giulia is perfect for 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 performance suspension, carbon-fiber body parts, and active aerodynamics.
The Polizei is well-known for using blistering performance cars in the past. How else do you patrol the Autobahn?
This i4 is not actually in service but is the result of a partnership between AC Schnitzer, Hankook, and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany. The Germans have strict laws regarding modification, and the AC Schnitzer BMW i4 was built for the Polizei to show tuners that legal modifications can also be fantastic.
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.
The UK police are not known for having the nicest of best-looking police cars. Their cars are downright dull and not equipped to chase criminals over the rough Welsh terrain mentioned above.
That's why the department purchased several previous-generation Ford Ranger Raptors, modified by Ford's Special Vehicle Preparation unit based in Essex. After modifications and adding equipment, the police Ranger Raptor weighs around 5,000 pounds. The previous-gen Ranger Raptor was only available with a weedy 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel with 200 horses, but at least it is relentless when pursuing baddies in off-roaders.
Let's hope the rozzers (police) have enough budget to upgrade to the latest model.
When President Biden called for all state departments to go electric, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) obviously didn't get the memo. Instead, it confiscated a modified Challenger Hellcat from a miscreant who led police on a 160 mph chase through Houston.
This particular example produces an estimated 1,080 hp, which is enough to make bad guys think twice about running.
To make it look more like a police car, the department bolted emergency lights to the grille, side skirts, hood scoops, and windscreen.
The reason the Australians chose the Stinger is quite interesting. The Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore bit the dust, so the Queensland Police decided to be the first department to choose a car not built in Australia.
Not only does the Stinger look the part decked in police livery, but it's also equipped with the 365-hp twin-turbo V6 under the hood. The Stinger is an "operational intercept and road command vehicle." For typical duty, Queensland police use the more sedate Hyundai Sonata.
We can't wait to see what the Aussies replace the Stinger with.
Here's another example of the German police trying to convince the locals that modifying within the confines of the law needn't be boring. The i4 mentioned previously was AC Schnitzer's take on the concept, while Techart used a Porsche 911 Targa.
The "Tune it! Safe!" campaign has been around since 2005, and this 911 is quite possibly the best car made under the banner yet. Techart did not go the whole nine yards for this build as it did with the 800-hp GTstreet R.
Instead, it has advanced aerodynamics for high-speed stability, which makes it perfect for chasing criminals on the Autobahn.
There's a whole list of electric vehicles currently being used as police cars in the USA, but the coolest of the lot is the fastest all-electric Mustang.
The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services placed an order for 100 Mach-E GTs for the police, and so far, 10 have been handed over. The NYPD is reportedly thrilled with these vehicles.
The Mach-E GT has a dual-motor setup producing 480 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, though we don't see that ever happening in NYC. Still, it's nice to know it can.
Dubai's list of police supercars is becoming legendary. It's mostly to impress visitors, 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 cop car in the world (a Bugatti Chiron), but the Brabus B63-S 700 Widestar is used as part of a "Tune It! Safe!" program. As mentioned earlier, 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 is just short of 700 hp under the hood and has a widebody kit to house 23-inch wheels.
Turning the Brabus B63-S 700 Widestar into a police car should encourage people to modify their vehicles legally and safely. And we're sure that's precisely what the driver thinks about every time he steps into it and presses the start button - there's no doubt in our minds whatsoever.
For off-roading duties, the Dubai police have a custom-built 4x4 made by the creators of the Lykan Hypersport, but this old-school G remains cooler.
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 vehicles that would keep up with the fastest cars criminals could steal, and this is an example of that.
Many years ago, the Italian police used 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 was 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 said: "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."
In an attempt to crack down on illegal activities, the Florida Police purchased a fleet of Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Dodge Chargers. You can't tell them apart from the standard car on the outside, but they'll always be driven by a uniformed officer.
The St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) was widely criticized for this move. People who love to speed call it a dodgy move, while others say the SPPD could have purchased cheaper models ready-made by Ford.
Honestly, if you don't want to get nabbed, don't do stupid stuff on public roads.