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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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The Fall And Rise Of The Super Car

Over the past couple of years motoring writers have been hinting at the demise of the hypercar and indeed high powered sports cars generally. They have been saying that we must all look forward to a brave new world of economy, twin-air engines and the noiseless advance of alternative technologies. Endless streams of bureaucracy seem to support this.

Well, it turns out that car makers haven’t been listening and it appears that rumours of the death of the supercar have been greatly exaggerated. Following the Geneva Motor Show it is clear that many manufacturers see an on-going market for these great and powerful machines for those who can afford it.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black is a case in point. It has gull-wing doors, gulps fuel and causes cracks in the time-space continuum under acceleration and is, on the face of it, completely daft. So why do M-B insist on making it and why do we really, really want one – even if it means paying a quarter of a million pounds?

Porsche’s eminently useable 911 is fine but the company believes that what drivers truly want is a racing car for the road, which is why the 911 GT3 continues to be available in all its awesome awesomeness. In the same vein, Jaguar have been content – until now – to rest its sports car history on the E-Type from years ago so why, in these times of financial woe, would they even consider building and selling the new F-Type V8 S (pictured)? For around a reasonable £80k enthusiasts can buy this future classic which in its way is as good looking as the ancestor.

The Italians of course do not concern themselves with trivialities like global warming and the like; they much prefer to ogle the girls on the Via Veneto and drive cars from Lamborghini. There’s the new Veneno – a snip at £3.1 million – or for those less flush with Euros, the Aventador. It is also why Ferrari’s idea of a family hatchback is the FF and for a million quid will sell you LaFerrari, the replacement for the legendary Enzo.

The list goes on. Rolls Royce have raised the bar with the truly magnificent Wraith and Bentley are producing the GT Speed. If you don’t like two doors then the Bentley Flying Spur is the answer which has the same W12 engine and offers similar performance.

All this hot metal suggests that the furore surrounding climate issues and the need for eco-cars is settling down as manufacturers choose to give their customers cars that they want as well as cars that they should have. Great strides have been made in engine technology, so much so that the above mentioned SLS only produces 321g/km of the nasty stuff. Obviously that’s quite a lot but is way superior to what it would have been just a few short years ago.

If you still believe in alternative power sources but want an SLS they can do you a fully electric version for only one hundred thousand pounds more. It has a battery the size of a house coupled to four electric motors but thanks to something called the ‘SLS eSound’, makes noises like a proper car. The trouble is, most of us like meat with our potatoes. Which is why the true supercar will live on for a while yet.

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A Look At Lamborghini’s Top Models

Italy is famous for many things – fashion, football and beautiful women, among others. Something I always associate the country with, however, is high-performance cars, with Lamborghini a brand that has a longstanding reputation for producing fantastic vehicles.

The company was established half a century ago and, since that time, it has manufactured thousands of great-quality automobiles. In fact, if you’re looking to buy a high-performance car I really don’t think you can afford to not check out what the latest Lamborghinis have to offer.

Whether you’re buying a Lambo for the very first time or keen to expand your existing collection, you can be certain you’ll find a model suitable for you. To help make your decision that little bit easier, I’ve put together some information about a few of the firm’s top vehicles.

Gallardo LP 560-4

Got the need for speed? I’m pretty certain you’ll find the Gallardo LP 560-4 is a great choice. With a top speed of 200 mph and capable of going from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, this is a great vehicle for petrolheads.

Powered by a ten-cylinder engine that has a maximum 560 horsepower capacity, I’m sure that this will have all the performance you need, whether you’re going through a city on your way to work or enjoying a leisurely drive in the countryside at the weekend.

The Gallardo LP 560-4 also has an aluminium double-wishbone front and rear suspension system and dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, so you’ll get behind the wheel of a car that isn’t just powerful, but is also safe and comfortable to drive. Other features include 19-inch alloys – that are painted in matt black and have polished silver spokes – as well as external heated mirrors.

Aventador LP 700-4

With its carbon-fibre casing, the Aventador LP 700-4 is certainly worth considering if you are after a high-performance car made from the finest materials.

The supersport vehicle also comes with a carbon-fibre engine bonnet and, as it can go reach 62 mph in three seconds flat, it’s bound to be a good choice if you hope to get something that’s quite nippy.

Other features that I think are worth pointing out are the dual-hydraulic circuit brake system, Pirelli tyres and a seven-speed gearbox, with the Aventador LP 700-4 capable of reaching a maximum speed of 217 mph.

Sesto Elemento

For something really extraordinary, the Sesto Elemento is one Lamborghini you might want to look into. Although, as the company points out that it’s only available on a “very limited special edition” basis, you might need to act quickly to purchase one.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it, you’ll certainly have a car that’ll be the envy of all your friends. Not only does it go from zero to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and features a permanent all-wheel drive system, but it’s also very light – weighing just 999 kg. In comparison, the Aventador LP 700-4 has a weight of 1,625 kg.

Whichever car you choose, you definitely will need to protect your investment. That’s why I recommend you always store your car in a locked garage when not in use, while investing in Lamborghini car insurance should ensure you’re covered in case your pride and joy needs to be taken in for any repairs or modifications.

Do you own a Lamborghini or are thinking about buying one? Either way, we’d love to hear which models you like the most, so please get in touch!

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