Gone are the days of police in standard, reliable and affordable Ford Crown Victorias. The Crown Vic is certainly the most iconic police vehicle in North America, but in 2011 Ford Motor Company stopped production on the Crown Vic police interceptor. Instead, it was replaced with the Ford Taurus. The Taurus hasn’t quite captured the interest of coppers like the old faithful Crown Vic, and instead police cars from other manufacturers like the Dodge Charger are becoming increasingly popular. With changes afoot in the world of police vehicles, law enforcement forces around the world are getting seriously upgraded rides, and a handful of countries are so rich that they can even afford to add supercars to their police fleets.
It wasn’t until 1950 that auto manufacturers began offering specialised police vehicles to be sold to police fleets in the United States; before 1950, police departments bought retail vehicles and modified them themselves. More recently, Lamborghini began modifying Gallardos with police equipment, selling to Italian police forces. Before this, police forces had been known to modify these supercars themselves, after they were seized in drug raids. At first the Lambos were just snazzy public relations tools, but more and more they’re being used as patrol cars.
Sports vehicles being used as patrol cars isn’t exactly a new phenomenon: Camaros have been used as California highway patrol cars for years. But with a recent, new crop of super-expensive and elite police cars, few criminals will be likely to outrun these powerful roadsters in a high-speed chase. Most of the vehicles on this list certainly wouldn’t be affordable options for everyday citizens – certainly, being pulled over by the cops would be that much more intimidating if you saw one of these exotic autos chasing you in the rear view mirror. Here, we’ve taken a look at the twelve most expensive, even enviable police cars in the world, along with the nations in which they’re in use. These cars have the potential to make any regular cop a Supercop – and the pricetag to match.
12. Nissan GT-R in United Arab Emirates: $100,000
There are multiple examples of this Japanese supercar being used among police fleets in the United Arab Emirates. In Dubai, this is one of the most affordable cars on the fleet. Abu Dhabi added this powerful machine to it’s police fleet in 2009, beating Dubai to the punch. However, these 485 hp beasts are used for promotional events and not in everyday pursuits.
11. Porsche Panamera in Qatar: $175,000 USD
During the 2011 National Day parade in Qatar, police unveiled an entire fleet of these German luxury sedans. Given that Qatar is the country with the highest per capita GDP in the world, it’s no surprise there’s money to burn on not just one but many of these high-end cruisers. While other countries have no problem adding one or two expensive and luxurious autos to their police fleets as a show piece, it’s rare for an entire fleet of the same model to be used. Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund actually owns Volkswagen AG shares, too, so perhaps they’re indirectly offering up some free publicity to help the bottom line.
10. Bentley Continental GT in United Arab Emirates: $200,000 USD
Get used to it, because you’re going to being seeing Dubai on this list a lot. Dubai Police seem to throw money around like it’s going out of style and Dubai Police add new luxury cars and supercars to its fleet all the time. The $200,000 Bentley Continental GT is not even close to being the most ostentatious vehicle boasted by the Dubai Police…
9. Mercedes Benz SLS AMG in United Arab Emirates: $200,000 USD
Dropping upwards of $200,000 on a police car that will likely be used as nothing more than a mechanical show pony isn’t a problem for Dubai Police. But when you’re as oil rich as Dubai why not spend the cash on a German luxury tourer such as this to showcase your force?
8. McLaren MP4-12C in United Arab Emirates: $240,000 USD
With a plate number of 2020, this British supercar owned by the UAE police force might be bragging about the United Arab Emirates’ winning the hosting of Expo 2020. This mighty Dubai patrol car boasts a 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine that puts out an extremely impressive 616 hp.
7. Lamborghini Gallardo in Italy: $250,000 USD
In a brilliant bit of marketing and a show of national pride, two Gallardos were donated to the Italian police in commemoration of the force’s 152nd anniversary in 2004. These supercars were used by traffic police in emergency situations. In 2009, one of the police’s Lambos was involved in a collision with a SEAT car, which totaled the Gallardo. But to make up for it, Lamborghini donated a Huracan (Gallardo’s successor) to the Polizia this year.
6. Ferrari FF in United Arab Emirates: $300,000 USD
Here we go with Dubai again. If there’s a supercar that’s creating a buzz at the motor shows then Dubai has to add it to its police fleet. A four seat, four wheel drive FF would be an ideal supercar for hauling baddies to the pen. But alas, this Italian supercar won’t be used in any hot pursuits. Rather, it will patrol tourist spots around the city.
5. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 in United Kingdom: $380,000 USD
At the MPH ’06 car show in Birmingham, England, London Met Police showed off this modified Lamborghini, which assuredly was just for show and not paid for with taxpayer funds. The 6.5-liter V12 supercar was pulled over by other cops curious of the new wheels.
4. Lamborghini Aventador in United Arab Emirates: $450,000 USD
This 700 hp supercar has a top speed of 350 km/h, but it never reaches its top speed in Dubai. Instead, it’s being paraded around as a marketing device like most of the high-speed patrol cars in Dubai’s fleet.
3. Mercedes Benz Brabus Rocket CLS in Germany: $475,000 USD
You won’t see this on the autobahn. Instead, this Police supercar, which has a V12 offering up 730 twin-turbocharged horses, was created for Germany’s Tune it Safe! program, which aimed to educate German tuners about safe tuning practices.
2. The Bugatti Veyron in United Arab Emirates: $1.6 million USD
When Dubai Police started buying up one supercar after another, many joked a Veyron would be next. There were even hoaxes and fake reports circulating. But sure enough, one of these extraordinary, $1.6 million supercars was officially unveiled as part of Dubai’s police fleet this year.
1. Aston Martin One-77 in United Arab Emirates: $2 million USD
If it’s rare and expensive then Dubai Police have to have it in their fleet. It took a bit of work to put the Dubai Police logos in place on this, as the One-77 (yes there really are only 77 of them in the world) came off the production line in silver. That meant it had to be customised in white before the green piping could be added, to match the color scheme of the rest of the fleet.