A lot of heads turned in Austria when a police car pulled over. Not because there was an accident, but because it was a new Porsche 911. For decades now, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior has been known to drive around the nicest cars, as Porsche used to supply cars to the country's law enforcement agencies.
This partnership first began in the 1960s and now has been taken to the 21st century. Therefore, the automaker provided the agency with a brand new 911 Carrera to ensure the country's safety, as they pull over traffic offenders.
Naturally, Porsche had to give the Carrera a little bit of customization to make it look like a police car. The 911 was designed with a police livery, and blue flashing lights to match. Not to mention the radio system required by police. We learned that the Porsche is a free loan and will also be used by the local Federal Ministry of Interior until the fourth quarter of the year.
Konrad Kogler of Austria's General Director for Public Security says that the Porsche 911 will "demonstrate that you can drive responsibly and carefully even in a powerful sports car".
Director of the Porsche brand in Austria, Helmut Eggert said that the Porsche 911 has always been known to provide comfort for long distance driving, at the same time, being a safe and practical car for everyday use - which are both important factors for the police when they are patrolling on motorways.
In fact, this has been a tradition for Porsche and the police force since the 1960s. So it is not quite a rare thing for the residents to see the police driving around in a Porsche with a flashing blue light. Eggert added that "in 2006, the Federal Ministry of Interior received a Porsche 911 to use for motorway policing".
A 3.0 liter engine powers the Porsche 911 Carrera. Enabling the car to produce 365 horsepower (370PS) and 444 pound feet (450Nm) or torque - just enough for the police to easily run after stubborn traffic offenders. The engine is paired with either a manual or a double clutch transmission giving power to the rear axle. In 4.6 seconds, the Carrera can sprint from 0-62 miles per hour (100kph), with the manual transmission, while only 4.4 seconds is needed for the double clutch transmission. Performance can be boosted even further by adding the Sport+ package, dropping the time by 0.2 second for the PDK version.
But it is not just the Austrian police force that gets to drive nice cars. The Isle of Man police drives a BAC Mono, while Milan authorities have a Ferrari 458 Spider, and Dubai cops use a Bugatti Veyron.