A lot of countries boast of top of the line and state of the art vehicles as part of their police’s car fleet. Austria has some Porsche 911 vehicles; while neighboring Germany has those special tuned-up CLS C219 from Mercedes Benz called the Brabus Rocket. Both South Africa and Italy have a number of Lamborghini Gallardos.
The cars that are part of the police fleet boast of a number of super cars. Some of the oil-rich countries, as a matter of fact, have outfitted their entire police force with a fleet of high-end automobiles. Here are three countries with the most expensive police car fleet in the world.
England has a wide range of vehicles in its police car fleet. While the cars used by bobbies for basic community policing are the low-budget panda cars, response vehicles are small family cars like the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30, Peugeot 308 and the Vauxhall Astra.
Then, there are the area cars used to patrol a wider range and which deal with specific emergency calls. British cops use larger-engine and higher-end vehicles for this purpose, including the BMW 3 Series, the 2.8-liter V6 engine-powered Vauxhall Vectra and the Skoda Octavias. Road policing units also have the Vauxhall Vectra, along with BMW 330 Diesel and the 2.4-liter turbocharged Volvo V70. For motorway patrols, the cops use the BMW X5 and the Range Rover.
British cops also have access to a variety of even higher end vehicles. Among them are the Lotus Exige, with a 1.8-liter Toyota supercharged I4 engine. This is mated with a six-speed manual transmission. There is also the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, with a 5.7-liter Tipo F113F V12 engine mated with a six-speed transmission of either manual or F1A semi automatic version. The Scaglietti served as the predecessor of the Ferrari FF.
They also have the Lamborghini Murcielago. This model succeeded the popular Diablo model and preceded the current flagship model called the Aventador. The Murcielago is a two-door vehicle with a mid-engine, all-wheel drive. It has several engine options, including several 6.5-liter V12 engines with a capacity to deliver anywhere from 640 to 670 horsepower. The engine is mated with a six-transmission system, with a choice between a manual and an e-Gear semi-automatic version.
What probably would have been the jewel of the British police crown was the Caparo T1. This is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car that can only accommodate one person. It had a Formula One design and feel because the manufacturers include Ben Scott Geddes and Graham Halstead, engineers who were involved in the production of the McLaren F1.
The Caparo T1 has a 3.5-liter, 32-valve, all-aluminum, naturally aspirated Menard V8 engine mated with a six-speed sequential transmission system. It can deliver up to 575 horsepower, with 310 lb-ft of torque. It can go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.5 seconds.
The prototype police car was called the Rapid Response Vehicle or the RRV. The police car, however, never got into production.
In 2009, the Qatar Investment Authority bought a 10 percent stake in Porsche after Porsche amassed a huge amount of debt in their attempt to take over Volkswagen. Though the Porsche family has since repurchased the shares back from the Qatari holding company, the latter still holds a substantial 17 percent share in Volkswagen, which remains the parent company of Porsche.
Considering that Volkswagen owns several other marquee brands like Bentley, Bugatti, Audi and Lamborghini, not to mention the Ducati motorcycles, you might think that Qatar will have those vehicles in its police fleet. However, while they do have some Bugatti Veyrons in their lineup, the cops in this oil-rich nation prefer Porsche sports cars.
Maybe Jerry Seinfeld, who collects this German car, is their adviser. Qatar cops have a fleet of Porsche Cayenne and Panamera patrolling the streets.
The Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size five-door crossover SUV. Based on the Volkswagen PL71 platform, the Cayenne has a front engine layout with four-wheel drive. The top of the line model has a 4.8-liter T V8 engine mated with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed Aisin Tiptronic S automatic transmission system.
The Panamera is a five-door fastback with a front engine layout and a choice between rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The top of the line model has a 4.8-liter V8 engine mated with an eight-speed Aisin Tiptronic S transmission system.
United Arab Emirates
The fleet of cars that the police in the emirate of Abu Dhabi own will amaze you. Among their vehicles are a Chevrolet Camaro and a Ford Raptor. They also have a custom-built bike from Orange County Choppers made famous by the show American Chopper.
They also have a Carbon Motors E7, with a BMW straight-six turbodiesel engine and rear-wheel drive. It has a top speed of 155 miles per hour and can go from zero to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. They also have the F999, though it is not really used to patrol the streets, but rather to promote safe driving.
They also have a Nissan GT-R, a two-door coupe with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine mated with a six-speed automatic transmission system.
The neighboring emir of Dubai has an even more impressive police car fleet. Some of its more regular vehicles are the Hyundai Genesis and the Ford Mustang. They also have the Chevrolet Camaro SS, Bentley Contintental GT, BMW M6 and the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, normally already considered high-end vehicles, in its fleet.
Dubai cops also have the Ferrari FF, a three-door grand tourer with 6.3-liter V12 engine and seven-speed dual clutch automated semi-automatic transmission system. There is the Aston Martin One-77, a $1.83 million vehicle with a 7.3-liter V12 engine that can deliver 750 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. And if that still does not impress you, then check out their Bugatti Veyron, a $4 million car with an eight-liter quad-turbocharged engine with 1,184 horsepower mated with a seven-speed DSG sequential transmission system.
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