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Hot Fuzz: the world’s coolest police cars

World’s coolest police cars

A police force in Australia has taken delivery of a 320hp Honda Civic Type R. The hot hatch will join New South Wales Police officers on the Eyewatch social media initiative, aimed at building relationships between law enforcers and communities. Keep clicking to see other cool police cars from around the world.

Black Badge and ‘blues and twos’

World’s coolest police cars

If you’re hoping to add some sparkle to a police station event, it helps when you have the home of the world’s most famous luxury carmaker on your doorstep. Which explains why this one-off Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge made an appearance at a Chichester police station open day. Unsurprisingly, there are no plans for it to join the Sussex Police fleet of patrol cars, but it would certainly be a relaxing way to accompany an officer to the station for questioning.

Porsche on patrol

World’s coolest police cars

Bad news for criminals in Austria: the country’s police force has taken custody of a Porsche 911 for motorway patrol duties. The turbocharged 991 Carrera has all the equipment it needs for service, including blue lights and a radio system.

BMW X4 by AC Schnitzer

World’s coolest police cars

A lifestyle SUV-cum-coupe might be an unusual choice for a cop car, but hey, even the police have to look good, right? This is BMW’s X4 ‘Polizei’ modified by German tuners AC Schnitzer for the Essen Motor Show.

Performance

World’s coolest police cars

The German police machine is only an X4 20i, so it’s not packing the triple turbo straight-six from the M3 and M4. Still, AC Schnitzer has tuned the 2.0-litre turbo motor from 184 to 245hp, dropping the 0-62mph time to a respectable 6.7 seconds. Should be enough to keep up with any opportunistic joyriders.

Wales tail

World’s coolest police cars

The New South Wales (NSW) Police Force in Australia also uses a fully-liveried Porsche 911 for patrols. Any criminal is likely to think twice before trying to out-run it.

Porsche 911

World’s coolest police cars

The 911 can hit 62mph in less than five seconds, although the NSW Police force says that this car will mostly be used to attend community events where “the fascination of a Porsche in police decals is helping to break the ice especially with youths in disadvantaged areas”.

Porsche 911

World’s coolest police cars

This is certainly one of the coolest police cars around, but it has more competition than you might imagine. Here, we’ve collected some of the most eye-catching and unusual vehicles ever to wear a police logo and a set of flashing lights.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

World’s coolest police cars

This is the Dodge Charger Pursuit, a seriously mean-looking machine that became available to US police forces a few years ago.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

World’s coolest police cars

The Charger Pursuit is far from being all show and no go, either – it’s available with a 375hp 5.7-litre Hemi V8 and comes with upgraded suspension and a reinforced chassis.
Police forces with more modest pursuit goals – or greater concern for fuel economy – can opt for the rear-wheel-drive V6 version.

Lamborghini Huracan

World’s coolest police cars

The Italians are known for their flair and style, and it seems that extends to the country’s police force, too. Even before many customer orders were fulfilled, the Italian State Police took delivery of its brand new 610hp, 202mph-plus, 5.2-litre V10-engined Lamborghini Huracan police car in spring 2014. Now you’re going to need an Aventador to get away from them…

Chevrolet Tahoe

World’s coolest police cars

Named after a Californian lake, the Chevrolet Tahoe is the perfect US cop car. A bull bar ensures chases are over before you can say “stay in the car, sonny”, and its go-anywhere ability means offenders aren’t getting away even if they take a detour through the desert. It looks menacing, too, and there’s a couple of spotlights to help catch suspects in dark alleys.

Greater Manchester Police Pride Hyundai i30

World’s coolest police cars

There are plenty of Hyundai i30 police cars dotted around the UK, but none quite as colourful as this. The Greater Manchester Police ‘Pride Police car’ was created to reach out to the LGBT community during Manchester’s Pride Festival and decked out in the event’s rainbow flag colours.

Renault RS Megane

World’s coolest police cars

The French are a pretty patriotic bunch when it comes to cars, and that extends to what the gendarmes drive. From Paris to Poitiers the French force can usually be seen driving a battered old blue Megane or Scenic; this racy Renaultsport Megane 265 is a cut above the rest.

BMW 4 Series

World’s coolest police cars

German tuner AC Schnitzer regularly toys with police cars and one of its most recent creations is this BMW 428i complete with Polizei graphics and flashing lights on the roof. Before being put into service with Germany’s finest motorway cops, AC upgraded the engine to 294hp so it should be powerful enough to chase down speeders on the Autobahn.

Ferrari FF

World’s coolest police cars

First, a Lamborghini and now a Ferrari FF – the Dubai police force is building an impressive fleet of supercars to track speeding motorists in the desert. With four seats, the FF makes more sense than a Lamborghini Aventador as a cop car, and it’s just as potent: the £227k motor has a 6.2 V12 putting out 650hp and capable of 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 208mph.

Chevrolet Caprice

World’s coolest police cars

New York City police officers man a checkpoint in Times Square, using their Chevrolet Caprice cop cars to block the road. Notice the rubber bumper bars to ram other cars off the road. The US cops don’t mess around if they want you to stop.

Lamborghini Aventador

World’s coolest police cars

It’s known as the capital of bling, so when it comes to policing Dubai, it takes a special kind of cop car to keep up with the 200mph+ hypercars you regularly see in the Emirate city.
Step forward the Lamborghini Aventador – one of the many jaw-dropping cars on the Dubai police force’s fleet.

Lamborghini Aventador

World’s coolest police cars

While it’s clearly more of a marketing exercise, it is expected that the Aventador will have a practical purpose as it tries to reign in the propensity for young male drivers to speed on the quiet desert roads. The Dubai police force has imposed strict new punishments for drivers who speed above 124mph, with hefty fines and even jail sentences on the cards.

Lamborghini Aventador

World’s coolest police cars

The £250k Aventador is perfect for the task: its 6.5-litre V12 engine produces 700hp and 508 lb/ft of torque and can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds. Flat out it’ll reach 217mph. Fast as that is, it will still struggle to keep up with a Bugatti Veyron…

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Skoda emergency vehicles

Is this the sneakiest police car ever?

Skoda emergency vehicles

We don’t condone speeding, but most drivers are at their most observant barrelling up the motorway at 80-ish. While anyone who really cares about their licence would stick to the 70mph national speed limit, many are happy to exceed that while keeping an eye on the traffic ahead for lurking traffic cops. If they’re in a batternberg-spec Volvo or BMW, they’re fairly easy to spot, but what if they’re driving something a little more discreet?

Covert cars are increasingly being used by police forces, for obvious reasons. They blend into traffic and catch motorists acting naturally – whether that’s speeding, using their phone or driving dangerously. In the early days of unmarked cop cars, they were still fairly easy to spot. A white Vauxhall Omega or BMW 3 Series with lights ‘hidden’ behind the grille stood out a mile off, especially when driven by a someone in a hi-vis jacket and cruising at 68mph in the inside lane.

But it’s now getting harder to spot a sneaky unmarked police car. Enter the latest example from Skoda: the Superb 280 estate covert police car. From the outside, it looks like any other sensible Skoda wagon. But it packs a punch – that ‘280’ in the model designation stands for the amount of horsepower produced by its 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. As such, it’ll reach 62mph in 5.8 seconds and hit the limiter at 155mph. Not bad for a bulky Skoda estate.

Lights, sirens, action

We were invited along to the Longcross test track for a drive in the unmarked Superb 280. It’s extremely competent – four-wheel drive aiding traction as we make a quick getaway, working through the DSG gearbox all the way well into three figure speeds. All the time, it feels stable – despite being kitted out with the extra equipment required to do a traffic officer’s job. It’s largely standard, too, save for upgraded suspension (to cope with said weight, not to mention rough roads and speed bumps) and beefier brakes.

The lights – fitted by a specialist aftermarket firm – are operated by a series of buttons ready to put that horrible sinking feeling in the stomach of any speeding motorist. I should know – as we lapped Longcross at well over three figures, I caught a glimpse of a marked-up Superb cop car and thought I was about to have the book thrown at me. And then I remembered I was on private land with an off-duty traffic cop sat next to me.

Pressing the horn operates the siren, while doing so again changes the tone. And yes, I can confirm, it’s just as much fun to do as you’d expect. If you don’t want to hear the siren yourself, you may want to ease off a touch next time you clock an innocent-looking Skoda on the motorway.

In pictures: Skoda emergency vehicles

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Ford police cars through the years

Ford recreates history with police car stunt

Ford police cars through the yearsFord has recreated a famous police car stunt it first staged 30 years ago – with a modern Focus RS taking the place of the original RS200 supercar. 

In the original stunt, which was published on 24 November 1986, Ford snappers photographed a police-liveried RS200 ‘pulling over’ a high-performance Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. 

Ford police cars through the years

In the 2016 equivalent, a police-liveried Focus RS takes the place of the RS200 in the scene – and in a further neat touch, this time it’s actually the RS200 that’s being pulled over!

Ford police cars through the years

Ford has even issued a press release that mimics the typed-out original, using a similar headline and following the 1986 wording closely. 

In it, the blue oval explains the police were trialling the Focus RS, just as they were apparently trialling the RS200 back in 1986. There are no records of an RS200 actually making it to police car duty and we don’t think the Focus RS is likely to see active service either: now, as then, this is a promo stunt to show Ford’s diverse police car activities. 

In pictures: Ford police cars through the years

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Comparing the Focus RS with the RS200 is revealing, though. Back in 86, the RS200 was the supercar pinnacle of Ford’s range, a limited-to-200 rally-bred machine that would have no problem catching the high-performance Sierra RS Cosworth it was apparently pulling over. 

The RS200 produced 250-horsepower in road-going guise, good for 0-60mph in less than five seconds… which coincidentally is an acceleration time matched by the 2016 Focus RS! Only this time, the five-door hatch has 345-horsepower, and five doors rather than two, and five seats, and a boot big enough for police car traffic cones and the like. 

That’s evolution for you, is the message from Ford – which is why it’s replicated the scene 30 years on.

Oh, and performance in 2016 is a whole lot cheaper than in 1986 as well. Today, the Focus RS costs £31,250. In 1986, the RS200 cost £50,000: adjusted for inflation, that’s more than £130,000…

Video: Ford Focus RS vs RS200

Smart Fortwo 'Forcops'

Smart Forcops! NYPD replaces motorbikes with Smarts

Smart Fortwo 'Forcops'Smart has delivered the first 100 Fortwo city cars ordered in an innovative piece of thinking by the New York City Police Department – and the new micro-motors are already being dubbed ‘Smart Forcops’.

Replacing the city’s old three-wheel motorcycles (not dissimilar to the machine driven by Officer Judy Hopps in the animated film Zootopia), they’ve been chosen because they’re more spacious and practical than the old motorcycles, but almost as agile and, it is hoped, considerably more reliable.

They also have air conditioning – which Deputy Commissioner Robert S. Martinez believes will be a real boon to city cops during the stifling New York summers.

Forming part of the 9,000-vehicle NYPD fleet, cops have ordered 250 Smart Fortwos in total, all finished in white and blue  and fitted with a blue revolving police light on the roof. The interior is also decked out in radio equipment.

One of the first NYPD cops to drive the new Smart Fortwo ‘Forcops’ is officer Ralph Jefferson, whose beat is in Chinatown.

“The smart is spacious and agile and makes my job much easier,” he said.

“Many people say that the little patrol cars are really cute, too.” We think that’s perhaps not a look cops might be completely thrilled with, but hey – if it’s good for community relations, who are we to argue?

In pictures: Smart Fortwo ‘Forcops’

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Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Hundreds of police cars all under one roof – if you’re part of the criminal fraternity, it’s the stuff of nightmares, but for the rest of us, it’s an amazing insight into how police forces choose and buy their new cars. We visited the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM) 2016 motor show to see what a motorshow for police officers is really like.

Police Ford Mustang

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

As already featured on Motoring Research, the undoubted star of the 2016 NAPFM exhibition is Ford’s remarkable police-liveried Mustang. Decked out in the very same high-vis stickers used by all other police cars, crowds flocked to it and rightly so.

It’s as if the Ford Mustang was born to be a British police car, no? There’s already no missing a new Mustang on British roads at the moment: add in a police makeover and the very last excuse you could ever use would be that you didn’t see them, officer.

Thing is, this is no promo showcase – a spokesman admitted to use that forces are already assessing the new V8-engined Mustang. Perhaps not for liveried-up duties, but certainly as a fast-response car. Indeed, look outside, advised the Ford man…

https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/police-ford-mustang-already-trialled-forces

…Yes, there indeed was the actual Ford Mustang currently being assessed by forces across the country, taking a few days out its busy schedule to appear at the NAPFM show. So, why are forces so interested in it? Because huge performance for less than £35,000, that’s why. You’ll struggle to find a bigger bang for your buck, and when that buck is the public’s money, this sort of stuff counts…

Police BMW M2

https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/police-ford-mustang-already-trialled-forcesAnother high-performance icon wearing police stickers at the NAPFM show was, yes, BMW’s new M2. You know, the 370hp rear-drive performance car that’s already wholly wowed us several times this year. The perfect high-performance addition to a police car fleet full of more mundane BMWs, reckons the firm.

The regular BMW M2 costs around £44,000, but add in a decent police discount and you could have something that, like the Mustang, financially stacks up. With even mainstream hot hatches becoming ever-more powerful, police forces need to up their performance accordingly to stand a chance of catching miscreants. Enter cars like the M2.

So although it seems a bit of a stunt to have the mighty new M2 at a police car show, it’s actually not as wild as it sounds. Don’t be surprised if a few forces place a discreet order for the wild new M2 – perhaps not wearing livery quite as standout as this, though. Remember, stealth matters.

Police BMW i8

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

If police forces are keen on expanding their BMW fleet with the high-performance M2, why not add on an eco angle too with the clean and green BMW i8? We admit, this probably is a promo special – we pity the fully-uniformed officers who’d have to quickly jump in and out of the wild gullwing supercar – but its presence was welcome.

Not least because some genius in BMW’s livery department added on the words ‘hyperceptor’. The BMW hyperceptor police car. Yes, we’re sold.

Police BMW M6 Performance

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Of course, sans livery, BMW M cars make great undercover cars. Apart from the light bar on the roof, you’d never guess this was a police car. Just one problem: the colour is hardly ‘stealth’.

Police Chevrolet Camaro

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Police forces chomp through tyres, which is why Goodyear was at the police car motor show to exhibit its latest rubber. With the help of a rather cool-looking U.S.-inspired Chevrolet Camaro.

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed
And just around the corner was this retro star, a 1970s Corvette that appears to have been snaffled by the Sheriff as his own personal company car. Well, why not?

Jaguar F-Pace

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

SUVs are taking over in Britain so it’s natural this will extend to the police force. We wonder which force will be the first to get its hands on a new Jaguar F-Pace, the most in-demand SUV of the moment? The fact it’s at the NAPFM show suggests it won’t be long…

Ford Edge

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

The new Ford Edge is barely on sale in the UK but already it’s headed to British police forces – the firm admits interest in it has been healthy, because of its low price, low emissions and ample space inside.

Volvo XC90

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Volvos are favourites of the police and we’re sure many will be clamouring to get into the new XC90 – not least because there’s an eco-friendly high-performance plug-in hybrid T8 model that has potency in spades but will also help forces tick their green fleet commitments.

Police Volkswagen Golf GTE

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

Speaking of green fleet commitments, how about a plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE? It’s the eco-friendly GTI and, in this fantastic ‘eco-interceptor’ livery, looks fantastic.

If police forces are carrying out low-speed local duties, it works as a full EV so they can do their bit for inner-city emissions. But the TSI petrol engine is ready in the background should the need for long-distance performance arise. Such green considerations may be a growing part of police car fleet policies in the future so we may well start to see more and more cars such as the Golf GTE on police fleets.

Police BMW 3 Series interceptor

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

A more familiar police car is the BMW 3 Series, seen on motorways across the land. This is fully decked out in ANPR interceptor equipment: simply by driving around and automatically clocking vehicle registration plates, police can find those driving without tax, insurance or MOT. You have been warned…

Police BMW 5 Series

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

For every police 3 Series, there seems to be a police BMW 5 Series. This model looks like it’s been driven straight off duty for a few days on display before heading out back to Met police duty. The show was a rare chance to get up close to police cars without breaking the law…

Emergency services BMW i3

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

It wasn’t just police cars on display at the show – other blue light vehicles such as ambulances and fire brigade vehicles were being showcased. How neat does this trio of BMW i3 look?

Again, reflecting a need to make emergency services more green, BMW was showing off the i3 to those who want long-range zero-emissions use with the backup of BMW’s range-extender engine if the blue lights need to be turned on.

Police Renault Twizy

Blues and twos: Britain’s wildest new police cars revealed

The quirky Renault Twizy is oddball, but for certain police tasks, could have a place. It has size on its side, it’s green, it’s agile… just don’t press it into higher-speed, longer-distance use, though…

Lamborghini police Huracan

Italian Police trades in Gallardo for Huracan

Lamborghini police Huracan

In Italy, they don’t just have Police cars, they have Police supercars…

Lamborghini has handed over one of its new Huracan supercars to Italian Police to replace their ageing Gallardos. Read more