At a time when countries around the
world are facing huge budget shortfalls that result in police cutbacks, it
comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that one law enforcement agency has added
a Lamborghini to its fleet. But maybe it
shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that the Lamborghini cop car has been
purchased by one of the world’s richest cities, Dubai, in one of the world’s
richest countries, the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai’s new squad car, the Lamborghini
Aventador features a 700 horsepower engine that can rocket to speeds of over
200 miles per hour. It comes with a
price tag of $550,000, which probably equals the annual budget of some U.S.
police agencies. But Dubai’s criminals can stop sweating - rather than using the
powerful cop car to chase them down, the vehicle will be showcased in the city
to impress tourists with the country’s wealth.
Lavish conspicuous consumption is one of the main features that attracts
foreign visitors to the city.
The Dubai police revealed their new
purchase with photos of the Lamborghini parked outside the Dubai Mall, which
has the distinction of being the world’s largest, via their Twitter
account. The cars are decorated in green
and white, the official colors of the Dubai police force. According to ABC News
http://www.cbsnews.com/, Deputy Police
Director Gen. Khamis Matter al-Muzaina
said the pricey vehicle will show the world how classy Dubai is. Dubai’s
police fleet also includes a Chevy Camaro SS which boasts a top speed of 157
miles per hour.
Dubai isn’t the only place to put
super-charged luxury vehicles into police service. Italy put fear in the hearts of criminals
when it added a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 to their law enforcement
fleet. The car is used to patrol the
Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway and can burn the pavement at speeds as high as
193 miles per hour. Japan added a Nissan Skyline GTR to their police
force. The vehicle was dubbed Godzilla for
its ability to go after fleeing criminals at high speeds.
In Germany, the police added an Audi R8
GT-R to their fleet in December of last year, claiming it is the fastest law
enforcement vehicle in the world. The
car had been modified to reach speeds of 201 miles per hour. Germany also has Porsche police vehicles, which
are used to patrol the country’s autobahn, which has no speed limit. The oil rich country Qatar also features a
fleet of Porsche patrol cars and a city in Australia also added the vehicle to
its fleet. The United Kingdom is no stranger to super hot police vehicles. They
boast a 612 Ferrari Scaglietti, a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Lotus Exige to
keep their streets safe from criminals.
In the U.S., a few muscle
cars have made their way into police work.
South Carolina’s State Troopers have a Dodge Viper, as have the Texas
police. A city in Alabama uses Mercedes
Benz SUVs. Bloomfield, Michigan added a
Corvette to their fleet.