Ford Crown Victoria
It is the most frequently used police Interceptor in the North American region. The V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and body-to-frame chassis makes it perfect for the job. The interior of the car has been especially designed to suit the police needs. The front seats sport a steel "stab plate" built into the back so that a suspect being transported in the back seat cannot stab the officers in the front seat with a knife or other sharp object. Additionally, there is a break in the front "bench seat" despite having the shifter on the steering column. This gap is usually used for keeping radios, controls for emergency equipment, large firearms, and often a laptop computer or mobile data terminal (MDT).
BMW 5 Series
This mid-size luxury sedan with its status and price is often used in some European jurisdictions as a police interceptor. Equipped with a 3.0l diesel engine, the BMW 5 Series
gives high performance compared to the civilian variants. The German police use the car in both sedan and station wagon designs. Along with the cars in the previous series, the BMW 5 Series finds a place in the police forces in the Low Countries, France and UK.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Another example of precise Japanese technology, this 4WD jeep is staple transport means of police across different countries in the world. Various law enforcement agencies, right from Japan to many other third world countries including India, rely on the Land Cruiser for all their needs. The simple outlook, easy maintenance and low cost of the Land Cruiser
make it the first choice of many limited budget countries which want a good vehicle for their police forces. It has been in the forces since the earlier days of its launch.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Well known as the Lancer Evo
or Evo, high-performance version of the Mitsubishi Lancer has been one of the favourite among the police forces since 1992. The 2.0L engine featured in the car can churn out as much as 300 BHP. The large engine sedan has been preferred by the forces of UK, Malaysia and Australia. In 2009, the Royal Malaysian Police acquired a fleet of Lancer Evolution Xs to be used for high-speed pursuits. It is one of the most ideal vehicles for sustained car chases and patrols because of its endurance.
Alfa Romeo 159
We all know that Alfa Romeo stands for quality and that is exactly what the Italians want from their cruisers as well. The 'Gazella' as all Italian carabinieri cars are called, have been heavily modified to suit the task of patrolling the highways of the country. With newer generations of the Alfa Romeos inducted in the law enforcement agencies in Italy, the 159 has been in the service since 2006. It is as pleasant to look at and much not easy enough to shake off.
The British marquee brand
of all terrain vehicles have served throughout its empires and continue to serve with the police of its former colonies. These 4WD off road vehicles, with sturdy designs, were perfect to drive in the regions with bad or no roads and mountains. Many European countries, including Northern Ireland, still use it.
In early 2006, the new version of the Charger, which was earlier showcased at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, was released by Daimler Chrysler. The police version of the Charger uses features upgraded heavy-duty brakes, a severe-duty cooling system, police-performance Electronic Stability Program, police performance-tuned steering, and a gear shifter that is mounted on the steering column instead of in the center console. The upgraded V8 Hemi engine of 368 bhp, used by the US police, makes it one of the best pursuit vehicles.
The German police heavily rely on the customised versions of the famous Porsche 911.
The incredible feat of 0-100 kmph can be achieved in just about 4.5 seconds. Germans portray it as a concept car to spread awareness of the safety in such fast cars. Also, it comes quite handy when catching the racers in the autobahn.
Everyone knows that negotiating through the narrow lanes and tight turns of Italian cities is a troublesome task. So the Italian police simply got a smaller car. The Smart car comes as quite a useful machine while patrolling crowded shopping avenues, plazas etc. It also makes it easier for the officers by avoiding walking too much and pollution is very negligible.
This compact car is a favourite among many police forces, which have a mixed range of other cars at their disposal. It is perfect for streets that demand regular patrolling. The cramped and narrow side roads of European medieval cities require a small patrol vehicle. With a top speed of 245kmph, the Volkswagen
GT1 makes for a perfect chase vehicle.