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“690BHP – You Lose!”


The next time you are in Dubai and taking advantage, Richard Hammond style, of that nation’s magnificent desert black-tops, be warned. You will not outrun their new cop car because it is a Lamborghini Aventador. The speed limit in Dubai is seventy five miles per hour. If you exceed that they will look for you, they will find you and they will nick you.

Presumably, in a nation of many supercars, the police need something that can trounce most of the miscreant vehicles. This is not, however, the first time a Lambo has appeared on the streets in official guise. In 2004 the Italian company donated a pair of Gallardo sports cars to the Polizia di Stato. They were used ceremonially and on active service – that is until an over-enthusiastic driver wrote one off!

Down under in the Land of Thunder, Sydney to be precise, the lower North Shore echoes to the sound of a Porsche Panamera. Allegedly the car is used solely for community purposes but, frankly, that’s hard to believe. Meanwhile, German police have a twin turbo Brabus tuned CLS Rocket which they no doubt put to good use on the Autobahns.

In Texas – where else? – everything is bigger and better and one sheriff (not exactly a small dude himself) chose as his cop car of choice a nice big Hummer. Not content with the basic motor he upgraded it to a 6.9L V8 with an increased displacement amongst other modifications; the car delivers 150 mph and a torque figure of 910. He also wears a big hat.

In fact, American Police have always had good cars. Many great cars have been observed in police livery including a few of the outstanding muscle cars of legend. The interstate highways of America have seen Corvettes, Vipers and Mustangs, but mainly the cruisers of preference since the 1950’s were the Chevrolet Caprice and the Ford LTD. They were cheap to buy and, most importantly, were rear-wheel drive and had the obligatory V8 engine.

In the 1970’s, the heyday of hot cars and CB radio, a popular choice was the American Motor Company’s (AMC) Ambassador with the 401 cubic inch four barrel power plant. A very capable performer. Meanwhile, in the UK, our cops were trundling around in Austin Leyland Allegros – consistently voted the worst car ever. Occasionally, off-duty British traffic policemen were seen exiting screenings of Smokey and the Bandit with tears in their eyes and wishing they drove the Pontiac LeMans with the four litre V8 just like good ‘ole Sheriff Buford T Justice. Now that’s a cop’s name!

Attempts have been made to put police onto roller skates or bikes, an idea which nobody but the originators took seriously, but the car still rules. These days traffic cars in the UK seem to be a bit thin on the ground but if you’re going to get stopped for speeding what could be better than an Aventador to do the job?

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