America has the Ford Explorer. The Philippines has the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Japan has the Toyota Crown.
What do all these cars have in common? They're all patrol cars in their respective nations.
But one Japan police department has a new patrol car in their fleet, and don't you dare try to run from it. Their latest acquisition is a Lexus LC 500, and it's ready to lay down the law with V8 power that churns out 471 PS. This luxury coupe is now in service, roaming the streets of Tochigi Prefecture.
The Tochigi Prefectural Police Department has a long history of adding sports cars to their fleet of Crown patrol vehicles. This department used sports cars such as the Honda NSX, several generations of the Nissan GT-R, and even the Mazda RX-7. The Lexus LC 500 joins the long list of Japanese high-performance vehicles that wear the Tochigi Police uniform.
But what exactly are the duties of this special Lexus? According to Tochigi Police, this coupe is part of the Mobile Traffic Unit. Its main job is to help reduce traffic accidents, respond as quickly to them as possible, and yes, chase down some midnight racers. Also, taxpayers didn't have to pay for this car as it was donated by Lexus Japan.
We envy the lucky police officer who will do shifts in this high-performance luxury coupe. Not only do they serve and protect, but they also get to do it in a very stylish, and very fast, way.
If the message isn't clear enough, don't even think about speeding in Tochigi. You might have a Lexus LC 500, or Nissan GT-R, flagging you down.