In certain cities throughout the world, the police need something more powerful than a normal compact car. Dubai, in particular, is a city of supercars, so the police need a fleet of their own to be able to catch up to suspected wrongdoers. Although primarily used for show, they can be swiftly put into action. With little more than some car seat covers and rubber floor mats to keep the interior protected, police supercars become a practical means of catching bad guys and putting them behind bars.
Dubai is the most famous instance of this with nearly 20 models of police supercars, but wealthier city police forces across the world are adding at least one supercar to their fleet, including Los Angeles. The Italian city of Bologna, for example, has a Lamborghini Huracan that's used primarily for escorting medical transports, but it's also used for standard patrol when there's nothing lined up. Who's going to argue with a Lamborghini with a police siren in their rearview mirror?
Dodge Viper SRT
This one is used by several state police forces in the United States. It has an enormous 8.0-liter engine and 400 hp, which is controlled by a six-speed manual transmission. It goes from 0-100 in just over nine seconds, and it has a top speed of about 175 MPH. This may seem like a lot, but it's actually on the low end of the top speed scale.
This one is in the service of London's Metropolitan Police, and it's probably the fastest police car in all of Britain. Not only does it have 592 hp underneath its hood, but it can go from 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is 198 MPH.
Brabus CLS Rocket
This vehicle is used by German cops, and it's so powerful that it comes with an electronic limiter. Without it, the V12 720 hp engine can become uncontrollable at its top speed of 221 MPH. The limiter slows it down to 210 MPH, so it's still a pretty fast patrol to deal with.
Brabus G63 AMG
At first glance, it might look like a boxy utility vehicle to the uninitiated. Inside the hood, however, there's an 838 bhp beast that's perfect for going off-road while maintaining high speeds, which is perfect for the deserts of Dubai. It can go from 0-60 in four seconds flat, and it has a top speed of 156 MPH.
This is in the service of the Detroit Police. It has 640 hp with its V8 engine and can go from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds. On the track, it has a top speed of 200 MPH. Police in and around Detroit have similar Cadillacs for both show purposes and special requirements.
Compared to some of the other cars in the Dubai fleet, the modified BMW i8 police car is relatively slow, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH. With that said, it makes up for it with its fuel economy, which isn't typical for supercars. It has a 76 mpg rating thanks to its three-cylinder engine with twin electric motors. Even so, it does go from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, so it's still a force to be reckoned with.
Bugatti may have ceased production of this car in 2015, but it's still synonymous with speed. It has a top speed of 247 MPH and it cost $1.6 million when new, so Dubai bought one to be used primarily as a show vehicle.
While ordinary police cars are hardly considered to be underperforming, they don't compare to the acceleration and top speeds of the world's supercars. In order to prevent those who drive supercars from being above the law, the police have responded by utilizing a few of their own. Whether it's to actually protect the public...or just to look really good doing it ...remains to be answered.