I am not sure about the kids of today, but if back in the day you asked ten year olds about what they want to become, the popular choice among the kids would have been police. Give the audience a good-cop movie, and there will be claps and standing ovations in theaters all around the country. But what does the car enthusiast get?
Well, if he happens to live in the Middle East, he's sure to have a smile plastered across his face as he sees a patrol car. And not just any patrol car, after all that smile comes courtesy of the car only! Head to Dubai and you'll be amazed to see the kind of cars the police there uses to patrol around the country in.
Aston Martin One-77
Let's start with the Aston Martin One-77. A British hypercar, that's almost the epitome of exclusivity as only 77 of these were made, and unsurprisingly, all are sold. Power comes via a 7.3-litre V12 engine making 750 horsepower, which is good enough to catch thieves of all shapes and sizes. At a base price of Rs 20 crore, it is sure to remain exclusive to either those who have deep pockets (and a great taste in cars, of course) or Dubai Police.
Next on the list is a car that has been reigned as the king of outright speed for a long time. We are talking about the Bugatti Veyron. Yes, once the fastest production car on Earth also has a use in Dubai Police's fleet. The car is one of the recent additions, and the 16-cylinder engine can make the car reach top-speeds in excess of 400kmph. While Dubai Police is unlikely to display that kind of speeds, but it sure is a spectacle. If you want to pretend being a Dubai cop in India, get ready to shell out something north of Rs 16 crores to get your hands on one.
How would it make sense for us to talk about fast cars but skip Ferrari. Yes, Dubai Police does have a Ferrari as well. It's a Ferrari FF, a four wheel-drive four-seater supercar that can't just cover grounds at astonishing on the road, it can also run on snow, if the needs arise. Just that finding snow in Dubai is unlikely, but that shouldn't stop them from having an FF. Should it? In proper Ferrari fashion, the V12 makes a noise that one could die for!
And the list of interesting cars that Dubai Police has, doesn't end there. While most of these are going to be used for normal patrolling and showcasing purposes, these cars are potential race-winners/record-setters. Other cars include:
The McLaren 12C
It's the car that has put the British racing team and car manufacturer McLaren back on the supercar map. This, touted as one of the most usable/everyday supercars, has been built in-house at McLaren's factory in Woking. Posing quite a competition to the Ferrari 458, the McLaren 12C has been retired and replaced by the 650S now.
A highly tuned version of the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG SUV, the Brabus B63-S is also a part of the Dubai Police fleet. The SUV looks old-school, but has a 700hp engine lurking under the bonnet. You can buy the G63 AMG in India for Rs.1,84,90,000 (Ex-showroom, India).
Bentley Continental GT, Lamborghini Aventador, and the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG are also part of the same fleet. The white and green livery is standard across all the police cars. The officers are also given training prior to the allotment of 'their' vehicles.
And it's not just Dubai that has exotic cars. Countries like Germany have used super-saloons (like the BMW M5) to make sure the streets remain free from crime. Italy has had Lamborghinis, UK also has had a couple of exotics (including super saloons). What should be kept in mind is that these aren't the mainstream police vehicles there. Much like the USA uses Crown Victorias and Indian police uses Gypsys and Thars, these countries have more mainstream vehicles for everyday tasks.
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