Let’s face it, most of us have been pulled over at one point or another. Whether you ran a stop sign or were doing 90 in a 45-mph zone, I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard a siren and pulled off to the side of the road only to have a black-and-white follow you. Chances are you didn’t pay attention to what sort of a vehicle that big, hulking officer got out of before issuing you a citation or, if you’re one of the lucky ones, a strong verbal warning.
Well, you should have. Cops are now driving some of the coolest cars on the road. You know that guy down the road with a Porsche Boxster? The cops have something cooler. You saw the new Aston Martin? Yup, the police can one-up that as well. Thinking about buying the new Corvette? Don’t plan on outrunning the fuzz with it.
All over the world, police departments are beefing up their fleets, adding supercars, luxury cars and cars that are just downright awesome. To honor the cars in blue, we came up with a list of 10 police cars you would never want to see pulling you over—some because they could easily catch you if you tried to make a break for it, others because of their sheer intimidation factor, and all of them because they’re cooler than what you and I drive.
10. Hailing from the great state of Texas, this 2006 Hummer H2 earns the tenth spot on our list for the fact that it is the world’s fastest police Hummer. And oh, did we mention that it was custom-tuned by Geiger in Germany? Armed with a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 pushing out 700 hp, this beast can go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and tops out at over 150 mph. With stats like this coupled with Hummer’s famous go-anywhere pedigree, Texas criminals can no longer outrun the county sheriff, much less hide from him.
9. It may not be as rare a cruiser to see as the others on this list, but it’s far from common and far from uncool—it’s the Chevrolet Camaro. Sought after by police departments the world over, the Camaro has become a dream amongst officers who want to take down the bad guys in proper American muscle-car style. Boasting a tire-squealing 323 hp, this cruiser can bring in crooks in a fashion suitable for the silver screen.
8. What do you use to patrol a road with no speed limit? A Porsche 911 Carrera S, of course. A joint project between the German Federal Traffic Ministry, the Association of German Automobile Tuners and the Essen Motor Show, this 911 was tuned by German firm TechArt in a bid to promote safe and legal tuning in Germany. Pumping out 370 hp and hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, this beauty tops out at 186 mph, meaning that, even with no speed limit, offenders are not likely to get away. When combined with the BMWs and Audis that the patrols also keep on hand, it seems that the Polizei shouldn’t have to break a sweat catching anything on the Autobahn… unless the Italian police decide to pop in, that is.
7. If you’ve ever been to Rome, you’ll know that traffic rules in the Eternal City are really more of a guideline. That being said, don’t count on being able to outrun the Polizia, who added a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos to their fleet thanks to a generous donation from Lamborghini itself (the past tense is key here – one of the cars has since been totaled). With a 560-hp V10 giving Italian law enforcement a top speed of 203 mph, the Gallardo is more than capable of completing its main mission for the Polizia: delivering organs in extremely time-sensitive situations.
6. Walk the streets of Abu Dhabi and you’re bound to see endless rows of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and Porsches. How do the police in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city keep all that power in check? With a Nissan GT-R. Coming in at a modest $99,590, the GT-R has become the patrol car of choice for Abu Dhabi’s cops, giving the good guys 486 hp and a top speed of 195 mph as they try to catch some of the world’s fastest criminals. Pretty impressive considering that most of them paid at least double that price for a car that would not be able to shake the fuzz.
5. If you’re traveling on Great Britain’s M6 and spot a Lotus Evora on the side of the road, it would probably be best to slow down so the constable behind the Lotus’ wheel doesn’t tear out after you. Debuted at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England, this Lotus joined the West Midlands Police in 2011 as part of a campaign to educate young drivers and keep them from speeding. While it was primarily meant as an educational tool, the Evora has been put on patrol, regularly watching over British highways and pulling over vastly inferior cars.
4. Ever sped in Venice? If you’re like millions of other tourists, you’ve probably never done over 1 or 2 mph on the city’s famed canals. That doesn’t mean Venice doesn’t have a speeding problem. In an effort to reduce wakes and preserve the city’s historical buildings, Venice has imposed stringent new speed limits and speeding penalties, which include automatically impounding boats caught speeding for 7 days. The police knew they couldn’t rely on their traditional patrol boats to catch these offenders, so they enlisted the help of an old enemy: the jet ski. Long banned in the Lagoon, the police now boast a fleet of jet skis to find, catch and bring maritime speeders to justice.
3. What do you get when you combine a Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger and BMW 5 Series? You get the Dubai Police Force’s fleet. Hoping to class-up one of the world’s richest cities, Dubai flatfoots now have their pick of luxury cars, supercars and muscle cars when going on patrol. While some of the cars were originally intended to act only as showpieces in tourist areas, police executives have stated that the cars will now be used for other patrols and security operations, meaning that if you get arrested in Dubai, you’re likely to have an awesome ride to the police station. Already the coolest police department in the world, Dubai is looking to soar above the rest as it appears poised to add an Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and Bugatti Veyron in the coming months.
2. If Seattle police officer Jim Ritter ever tried to pull you over, chances are you would do a quadruple take of your rear-view before finally bringing your car to a full and complete stop. Unlike most of the Seattle Police Department, Officer Ritter doesn’t complete his patrols in a Dodge Charger or a Ford Crown Victoria. Instead, Officer Ritter patrols in a 1970 Plymouth Satellite. Part of the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, the Satellite is one of 6 vintage police cars that Officer Ritter and other volunteers have restored for various law-enforcement agencies in Washington State. Originally intended to be a community relations vehicle, Officer Ritter began using the car as his daily patrol car and hasn’t looked back since, noting that the car has been an invaluable tool in getting people to want to approach and engage with the police. In all honesty, this car has no place on this list, and we’re not sure there’s a car fan in America that wouldn’t want Officer Ritter to pull them over.
1. In at number 1 is a truck that is simply unstoppable: the Lenco BearCat. Built in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the BearCat has become a staple of law-enforcement tactical operations teams and gained worldwide fame just a week ago for the prominent role it played in securing the City of Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings. Based on a Ford F-550 chassis and sporting half-inch-thick armor, the BearCat can get officers and civilians in or out of any sticky situation, with members of many departments claiming that the truck has already saved countless lives. We’re not going to lie, this pick was personal. We here at CarGurus are thankful to have the BearCat patrolling our streets, and we cannot describe how much we appreciate all it has done for our city, but, knowing what the sight of a BearCat means, we never want to see one again.