Laying down the law: Our favorite fast patrol cars

Laying down the law: Our favorite fast patrol cars image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Manufacturer Press, Martin Aguilar | posted June 23, 2015 14:34

The 5 fastest police cars to go on general patrol

We've all seen Dubai's impressive fleet of police vehicles. From Ford Shelby Mustangs to a Bugatti Veyron, the police of Dubai have one aspect of police cars covered: Speed.

As impressive as that fleet is, those cars can't hold a suspect at the back, go through rough terrain or carry police equipment. A police car needs to have a blend of space, speed and practicality. So what cars combine all three essentials? We list down the five fastest patrol cars for general duty.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dodge Charger Pursuit V8 AWD

In the 60's and 70's, it was Dodge who dominated the police car market. After a run of sedans with muscle car power, Dodge faded from the police car market in 1989. After its first attempt to re-enter the police car market failed with the Intrepid, Dodge revived the Charger nameplate and and gave it the HEMI. After two revisions of the current Charger, we arrive at the latest Dodge police car, the Charger Pursuit. When equipped with the 5.7 liter Hemi V8, the Charger Pusuit packs 375 PS and 530 Nm. The Hemi cop car can get from 0-100 seconds in 6.1 seconds when equipped with all wheel drive and can keep on going to 240 km/h.

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan Ecoboost

When the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor saw its end of watch in 2011, Ford needed a car that would continue its dominance in the police car market. The company then decided to base their next generation police car on their largest sedan, the Taurus. The new Interceptor Sedan may look like a regular Taurus but has beefed up suspension and the option of a 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6. With 370 PS and 475 Nm of torque, the new Police Interceptor has power only the old Crown Victoria can dream of. At the moment, it is the fastest American police sedan tested by the Michigan State Police with a 0-100 time of 5.7 seconds to a top speed of 240 km/h.

BMW 535d Autobahnpolizei

BMW 535d Touring

In Europe, wagons are favored over sedans for police duties. With their extended luggage capacities and secure handling compared to SUV's, wagons combine the best of both worlds for police officers in Europe. For the German Autobahn police, their weapon of choice is the BMW 535d Touring. With the subtle styling of the current generation 5 Series, the police spec 535d hides its performance credentials right until a call comes in. In Europe where diesel reigns supreme, the 535d is powered by a 3.0 liter Twin Power Turbo diesel which puts out 313 PS and a whopping 630 Nm of torque. The inconspicuous wagon can get to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds until it hits the speed limiter at 250 km/h and can even do 12 km/l on a normal day.

Lancer Evolution police

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

We move from subtle to obvious in the second fastest patrol car to go on duty. First used by the Yorkshire Police in England, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution first donned police colors in 2004 with their Evolution VIII. They have since added an Evolution XI and an Evolution X to their fleet and all three cars go out on patrol simultaneously. The all wheel drive systems found on these cars give the officers confident handling be it rain or shine. The Evos are known to hit 0-100 km/h under 5 seconds with the Evolution IX reaching 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and tops out at 252 km/h thanks to its 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine which pumps out 296 PS and 391 Nm of torque. With space in the back and a decent sized trunk, the Yorkshire Lancer Evolutions can carry out police duties while packing a lot of power.

Subaru Impreza STI Essex Police

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type UK

We end our list with yet another rally car with sirens. In the 90's, the Humberside police got their hands on a Subaru Impreza WRX STI and have been getting STI's for their Road Crime Unit ever since. Nowadays, other UK police fleets have gotten STI's for their fleet, along with BMW's and Audis. Patrol STI's are usually unmarked with the rear wing removed to keep a (relatively) low profile while looking out for speeders and reckless drivers. With all wheel drive, the STI can keep up with speeders and reckless drivers in tight bends and foul weather. The STI packs 300 PS and 407 Nm of torque from its 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four, it can do 0-100 in 4.6 seconds and top out at 250 km/h and can carry enough police equipment in the trunk and a cuffed person in the back seat.

 Ford F-150

Bonus: Ford F-150 Raptor Border Patrol Service Package

Not all police vehicles patrol paved roads. With thousands of kilometers worth of dusty and rough roads, the U.S Border Patrol needs a vehicle that can withstand the heat of the desert and unpaved rutted roads and chase after drug runners and people trying to get past the border illegally. The Border Patrol normally use Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks and Chevrolet Tahoes. While both are tough SUV's neither of them are fast enough when the perps start running. The Border Patrol countered that by ordering 150 Ford F-150 Raptors with special interiors for duty. The special interior simply swaps the Raptor's leather seats with cloth as leather absorbs and traps heat which is not good for working long hours in the desert. The Border Patrol Raptor comes with the standard truck's 6.2 liter V8 engine and punches out 417 PS and 588 Nm of torque. On paved roads, the Raptor can do 0-100 in just 6.5 seconds on to a restricted top speed of 220 km/h. With the Raptor's Fox Racing off-road suspension, the lack of roads wouldn't be a problem for the Border Patrol's latest addition.

So there you have it. Five patrol cars that balance performance and utility, along with one for special duties. These cars may lead hard and often abused lives but with their performance, they will get to a call day in and day out as quickly as they can without skipping a beat.

Mahindra Enforcer

Admittedly, our patrol cars can't hold a candle next to these remarkable patrol vehicles. With a motor pool full of Innovas, Vioses and the occasional Hilux, the local police don't exactly have speed on their side. The latest Mahindra Enforcer and Kia KC2700 aren't exactly overflowing with horsepower either. Factor in the abuse these cars get on Philippines roads and these once shiny cars start looking sorry for themselves in about 2 years. Then again, with our congested roads, pothole infested streets and constant flooding, maybe the current fleet suits our police quite well.