Dubai Adds Some Serious Bling To Its Police Fleet With Lamborghini Squad Car
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.