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Let’s face it: a V10 or V12-powered Lamborghini is not the ideal beach patrol car. Okay, the Urus, perhaps, but FCA has beaten rival VW to the punch with an off-road SUV donation. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne recently presented the Italian Carabinieri military police force with a customized Jeep Wrangler that will begin patrolling the beaches of Romagna, Italy, this summer. Essentially, it’s the recently redesigned Wrangler two-door wearing the livery of the police force and a number of beach-ready upgrades.
These include a flashing light, portable radio, siren with telescoping mounting, two signaling disc holders, and, uh…a machine gun holder. Power comes from a 2.8-liter turbo diesel paired to an automatic transmission. For improved off-road/beach capabilities, Jeep added a 2-inch lift kit by Fox Performance, front and rear molded splash guards, front steering stabilizer, and side mudguard extensions. The 17-inch Performance Gladiator black alloy wheels are wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires. The donation ceremony was held in Rome earlier this week where Marchionne personally handed the keys over to the Carabinieri High Command, in the presence of Commander-in-Chief Giovanni Nistri, and Vice Commander Riccardo Amato.
The Wrangler will soon begin patrolling an 18-mile stretch of beach that includes several popular resorts. This isn't the first time, and certainly not the last, that FCA has donated vehicles for public service in Italy. For example, there was the Alfa Romeo Giuli QV cop car, a Fiat Ducato used by the bomb squad and a Jeep Renegade also in service with the Carabinieri.