Italy has been home to some of the most prominent names in the automobile manufacturing business. It has seen the growth, struggles and success of some of the world’s biggest car manufacturers – the likes of Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Pagani, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. So it wouldn’t be surprising if Italy’s streets are dotted with cars bearing the insignias of these world renowned manufacturers. All the more, it wouldn’t be surprising if we find some of the rarest models from any of these manufacturers parked across the Piazza del Popolo.
For citizens of a country where a Lamborghini Aventador or an Enzo Ferrari are usual attractions, it’s not too surprising for the Italian State Police to go on patrol in cars that not many in the world can afford to own. Here are two of Italy’s most trusted police cars, all with complete Italian police livery and gizmos.
The Italian State Police once had a Lamborghini Gallardo fleet which was later replaced by the newer Lamborghini Huracans. The Huracan LP 610-4 Polizia is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It can produce about 602 horsepower on all-wheel drive. It is embellished in blue and white livery and equipped with four sirens and an LED light bar. Unlike Dubai’s supercar police fleet (which are just for show), the Italian Huracan police armada is fully equipped for duty.
It has a “Proof Video Data System” (complete with camera and computer) that is used to record suspicious activity as well as the standard gun holster, police radio and “Paletta” which is used to instruct motorists with traffic violations. In addition to its function of protecting and saving lives, the Huracan LP 610-4 Polizia has a defibrillator and a little fridge that can be used for transport of “lifesaving organs”.
Recently, Italy’s national military police called the Carabinieri has also been issued a fleet of Alfa Romeo Giulia QV’s. Just like the Italian State Police Huracans, the Giulia QVs also come with complete Carabinieri livery and fully equipped with the standard police gadgets and gizmos. Essential items such as a radio and a door mount for a police baton are added inside the Giulia QV.
Unlike the automatic transmission police-issued Huracan, the Giulia QV comes only with manual transmission – complete with three pedals in front of the driver’s seat and a stick at the center of the console. It won’t be as useful for chasing bad guys but the Giulia QV will serve as a rapid response vehicle and a medical services emergency vehicle. What makes this vehicle even more special is that only those who have passed the Alfa Romeo drivers’ special course can drive this 503-horsepower police service vehicle.
Italy sure knows how to make the most out of an extravagant police car – both in style and functionality. We can now slowly curl up in a corner and weep as we slowly accept the fact that we can never get behind a police car as luxurious and vicious as that of the Italian State Police and Carabinieri. Or better yet, how about we start a signature campaign for a Dodge Hellcat U.S. police vehicle? That seems fair, don’t you think?