Good luck, Russian mafia.
With Honda Civics pushing out over 300 horsepower these days, cop cars need to step up their performance in a big way, and we're not talking about Chevrolet Suburban with shorter diff ratios; we're talking about super cop cars. We've seen some pretty cool cop cars in our time, but there's just something about a supercar turned cop car that grabs the attention. It's almost like a Rebel Alliance ship being converted into a Galactic Empire patrol ship, because we all know that a supercar's worst enemy is a cop. Police from all over the world have been known to confiscate supercars and convert them into[police patrol and quick response vehicles, and this Ferrari 458 from the Czech Republic is no different.
The Czech police department recently confiscated a Ferrari 458 that was procured using somewhat nefarious means and instead of crushing it like so many other countries do when they get their hands on Gangster paraphernalia, they decided to transform it into a crime-fighting super weapon. The newly added crime-fighting tool will be used by the Czech Republic's Special Surveillance Department, and will be exclusively driven by members of the department's highly trained task force.
According to the department, the car will be used "against the most aggressive drivers on Czech highways, when chasing stolen vehicles, or during surveillance at the locations of reported tuning events." The police department had to fork out CZK 340,000, or about $14,000 to convert the car for police duty, excluding a $5,000 service fee, as the car had been standing for over 10 years.
This Ferrari 458 Italia has only covered 1,243 miles, and now features an aftermarket paint job, an advanced police camera, radio, and warning light system and a speed gun for good measure. According to the Czech police department, this isn't even the most exclusive car the department has ever seized: last year it seized over 900 exotic cars that were either destroyed or auctioned off. The Ferrari 458 Italia will surely be up to the job: its naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter V8 engine produces 562 horsepower, allowing it to bolt to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 202 mph. What Czech tax payers are saying about its maintenance costs is still unclear.