February 18, 2018

The six fastest police cars

While Vauxhall Vectras and Volvo Estate patrol cars are an all too common site on British Roads, here are six law enforcement vehicles that would definitely make you look (and think) twice!

Lotus Esprit S4


With a mid-mounted engine, rear wheel drive and a powerful Rover based 3.5 litre V8, the Esprit would make an exceptionally effective pursuit car, capable of reaching speeds of 160mph and racing to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.  The only problem being that once the criminals were apprehended, there would be nowhere in the back of the car to put them in!

Skoda Octavia


A Skoda – we’re joking, right? Afraid not. The Skoda Octavia ranks up with the best ever police Q-Cars. With a 180 bhp  blown 1.8 litre engine, the Octavia VRS – a Golf GTI in disguise –  could sprint to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and tramp on to a highly illegal 140 mph. That was quick enough to catch all but the fastest of law-breakers!

Ford Escort Cosworth


This was one Cosworth that only the bravest of thieves would have tried to nick back in the early 90s. The Police decided that if they were going to have any chance whatsoever of catching all the stolen Escort Cosworths, they needed one themselves. Some were standard, but in Humberside the Vehicle Crime Unit teamed up with Ford Motorsport  to created a tuned 250 bhp beat car with competition suspension, OZ wheels and under-body protection.

Spyker C8


Another supercar – this time from Holland. Premium Dutch supercar maker, Spyker converted their convertible C8 model into a mock police car as part of a promotional exercise. It’s a shame it wasn’t for real though. With its 395 bhp 4.2 litre V8 and lightweight body, it could power to 60mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a head-spinning 187 mph. That means everything bar an Enzo was within easy reach.

Mitsubishi Evo VIII

Mitsubishi Evo VIII -fast-police-car

Perhaps the ultimate police antidote to lawless joyriding. It’s the Mitsubishi Evo VIII, one of the quickest 4-door production cars. With a powerful 2.0 litre turbocharged engine and permanent four-wheel-drive, it offers close to supercar performance. Thanks to its secret weapon – the sophisticated electronic gadget called Super Active Yaw Control – it also has the ability to out-corner anything on the road.

Lamborghini Gallardo


A Lamborghini police car! Yes, the lucky Italian police have a Gallardo at their disposal, a genuine Lamborghini Patrol car used by the Italian Carabinieri to enforce the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway outside Rome. Its 5.0-litre V10 will push the Gallardo to a top speed of 193 mph and a tyre burning 0-60mph time of around 4.2 seconds. But it isn’t just a patrol car for chasing speeding Fiats and fast Ferraris. The Police-liveried Gallardo also doubles as a super-fast response car, with the ability to be the first on the scene of a serious accident.

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