30 Fastest Police Cars in the World

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Over recent years, the world’s police car fleet has grown incredibly diverse with cars offering muscle, speed and technology – though mainly speed – to help catch criminals.

While police will need fast cars to catch street racers, they also need the vehicles that some bad guys are driving.

And if that means driving a supercar, then they must invest in supercars.

However, not all police forces are using supercars for flying around our streets – they also make a good PR weapon for the police to reach out to drivers about speed and road safety.

Here, we look at 30 of the fastest police cars in the world.

Dubai – Audi R8

Dubai - Audi R8 police car

Dubai’s chief of police added two Audi R8s to the family in late 2021. The R8 is the fastest the firm has ever made, and it is great fun to drive. It comes with a £130,000 price tag with an engine delivering 600 hp and a top speed of 200mph. It will rocket from 0 to 62mph in just 3.1 seconds.

At high speeds, the R8 offers stability which will help in a fast pursuit. Dubai police say that this supercar isn’t just about chasing criminals – but also helping them to engage with the public and show them what the police do.

Dubai Audi R8 police car specs

0-62mph:3.1 secs
Top speed:200mph

UK – Ariel Atom

UK - Ariel Atom police car

It probably isn’t your first choice as a police pursuit vehicle, but the Ariel Atom is hard to outrun. It was gifted to Somerset Police in a bid to highlight the issue of speeding motorbikes and with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds, it is capable of catching anything on two wheels. While it looks like a glorified go-kart, it offers solid handling and grip.

The power comes from a Honda-sourced 2.4-litre engine that delivers 230hp – but the Atom is so light and agile that power is delivered effectively with the six-speed transmission. While it was painted in police colours, it didn’t see ‘active service’. Which is a shame.

UK Ariel Atom police car specs

0-62mph:2.8 secs
Top speed:145mph

The Netherlands – Spyker C8 Spyder

The Netherlands - Spyker C8 Spyder police car

It might be a rare supercar, but it’s also a very expensive police car too. Costing £400,000 – used versions aren’t much cheaper – it went into service with a provincial police force. Spyker cars are hand-built in The Netherlands and this model offers a 0-62 mph sprint time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph – ample for catching bad guys.

The power comes from Audi’s V8 4.1-litre engine, and the mid-engine creation offers great handling. This police car is still quicker than most supercars being built today.

The Netherlands Spyker C8 Spyder police car specs

0-62mph:3.8 secs
Top speed:187mph

Dubai – Chevrolet Camaro SS

Dubai - Chevrolet Camaro SS police car

This all-American muscle car offers Dubai police real road presence. There’s a 6.1-litre V8 under the bonnet delivering 420 hp and a top speed of 155mph. This is also a reasonably frugal supercar though try reaching the 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds means you will be filling up regularly. It costs £36,000 and is a comfortable four-seater. This is one supercar that will perform well as a police car in pursuits.

Dubai Chevrolet Camaro SS police car specs

0-62mph:4.7 secs
Top speed:155mph

USA – Ford Mustang GT

USA - Ford Mustang GT police car

The Ford Mustang GT Police Interceptor offers a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that will outpace other Mustangs. Used by various US police forces, this is an interceptor that will startle baddies trying to make a quick getaway! It offers a top speed of 160mph, has a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds and a handy 435hp to access. It costs from £62,000.

USA Ford Mustang GT police car specs

0-62mph:5.1 secs
Top speed:160mph

USA – Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06

USA - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 police car

The New Braunfels Texas Police Department has a Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 that was seized from a criminal. This US-built muscle car offers 1,005hp – though it has been modified for racing. This is a lightweight car that is used for PR events so the top speed of 228mph isn’t put to the test. Sadly. Wags call this car, ‘Coptimus Prime’.

USA Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 police car specs

Price:£60,000 – pre-modification
0-62mph:3.9 secs
Top speed:228mph

Guatemala – Chevrolet C7 Corvette

Guatemala - Chevrolet C7 Corvette police car

Here is another car taken from a criminal and used by the police. The Chevrolet C7 Corvette offers performance levels akin to the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type. The 6.1-litre V8 engine produces 455hp and a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds. It costs £60,000 and has a top speed of 190mph.

Guatemala Chevrolet C7 Corvette police car specs

0-62mph:3.8 secs
Top speed:190mph

Italy – Lamborghini Gallardo

Italy - Lamborghini Gallardo police car
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia

Made in Italy and used as a police car in Rome – it was one of four that had been donated – the Lamborghini Gallardo is certainly eye-catching. Police used it for catching speeders on motorways until it was replaced by the Huracan.

There’s a 5.2-litre V10 engine delivering 542hp and a top speed of 202mph. It cost £150,000 and would sprint from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. Frequently used for transporting medical supplies, the Gallardo could travel long distances very, very quickly. Apparently, the police only ever crashed one of them.

Italy Lamborghini Gallardo police car specs

0-62mph:3.7 secs
Top speed:202mph

UK – Lexus IS-F

UK - Lexus IS-F police car

Used by Humberside Police as a replacement for their fleet of Subarus, the Lexus IS-F offers 417hp and a 0-62 sprint time of 4.6 seconds. Used for chasing speeding motorists, the police also use them for cracking down on street racing too. Stylish with excellent handling and agility, the IS-F costs £56,000 for a smooth ride. The speed is restricted to 168mph. Spoilsports.

UK Lexus IS-F police car specs

0-62mph:4.6 secs
Top speed:168mph

Germany – Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS Rocket

Germany - Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS Rocket police car

The Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS Rocket certainly lives up to its name. It costs £390,000 and the 730hp twin-turbo engine delivers a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds. The top speed is 205mph and the suspension set-up offers a smooth ride. Sadly, this is a supercar that was only used for promotional purposes.

Germany Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS Rocket police car specs

0-62mph:3.7 secs
Top speed:205mph

Dubai – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Dubai - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG police car

Yes, another addition to the Dubai Police’s fleet. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has a 6.2-litre V8 unit delivering 563hp, with a top speed of 196mph. The light body means the SLS AMG will sprint from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds. It not only looks beautiful, but it also handles really well too.

Dubai Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG police car specs

0-62mph:3.8 secs
Top speed:197mph

UK – Jaguar XF

UK - Jaguar XF police car

The spec and price make the Jaguar XF a sound choice as a police car – and the Central Motorway Police Group bought seven diesel-powered versions. Officers got a car that cost £36,000 and its 3.0-litre V6 engine produced 275hp and a top speed of 155mph. The 0-62 mph time was 5.9 seconds, and the XF’s handling makes this a great motorway cruiser.

UK Jaguar XF police car specs

0-62mph:5.9 secs
Top speed:155mph

Japan – Honda NSX

Japan - Honda NSX police car

When Japanese police wanted a superfast car to catch street racers in highly tuned vehicles, they opted for the underrated Honda NSX. It cost £130,000 and offers a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 573p that will sprint to 62mph in an unbelievable 2.9 seconds. That’s 2.9 seconds! And enough to catch anyone who has been watching too many Fast and Furious films for modification inspiration. The top speed is 191 mph.

Japan Honda NSX police car specs

0-62mph:2.9 secs
Top speed:191mph

USA – Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

USA - Ford Taurus Police Interceptor police car

This was a popular choice with police forces around the USA – until its replacement by the Ford Explorer in 2020. Drivers got a 3.5-litre V6 engine – which was taken from the Ford Mustang – producing 365hp and a top speed of 131mph. The handling comes with the permanent all-wheel drive and the 0-62mph time is 5.8 seconds. It cost at least £40,000.

USA Ford Taurus Police Interceptor police car specs

0-62mph:5.8 secs
Top speed:131mph

Dubai – Bentley Continental GT

Dubai - Bentley Continental GT police car

A touch of luxury for the Dubai Police fleet of supercars with the excellent Bentley Continental GT. This is a two-door sports coupe with a 6.0-litre V8 engine producing 649hp. The 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds is impressive considering the weight of the car and its top speed is 207mph. It has a price tag of up to £228,000 with the full spec.

Dubai Bentley Continental GT police car specs

0-62mph:3.6 secs
Top speed:207mph

Japan – Mazda RX8

Japan - Mazda RX8 police car

Forget the puny 1.3-litre engine, the Mazda RX8 produced 228hp for a top speed of 146mph. The 0-62 mph is 6.4 seconds and the car costs £26,000. Used for traffic duties, it’s cheap to run and fast when necessary.

Japan Mazda RX8 police car specs

0-62mph:6.4 secs
Top speed:146mph

Italy – Ferrari 458 Italia

Italy - Ferrari 458 Italia police car

Having mentioned that police in Rome got the Lamborghini Gallardo, it’s worth noting that the police in Milan enjoyed the Ferrari 458 Italia. It cost a cool £170,000 and offered a top speed of 203mph and a 0-62mph of 3.5 seconds, it was no slouch.

The 4.5-litre V8 engine delivered 562hp – and this supercar was used mainly for PR to show Italian drivers that they could drive within the speed limits and enjoy a great car.

Italy Ferrari 458 Italia police car specs

0-62mph:3.5 secs
Top speed:203mph

Japan – Nissan R34 Skyline

Japan - Nissan R34 Skyline police car

Joining the fast police car patrol squad in Japan is the Nissan R34 Skyline. Well known among petrolheads, the R34 Skyline offers superlative performance with a top speed of 165mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.8 seconds.

A great choice for everyday driving – and the odd thrill – the Skyline is lightweight and agile. It’s also a great choice for a police force wanting to pursue street racers.

Japan Nissan R34 Skyline police car specs

0-62mph:5 secs
Top speed:165mph

Japan – Nissan GT-R

Japan - Nissan GT-R police car

Another fast car joining Japan’s police forces is the impressive Nissan GT-R. There’s a twin-turbocharged V6 under the bonnet and all-wheel drive to help keep the car on the road. Just as well since the 0-62mph sprint time is less than three seconds.

The version for the police was engineered by Nissan’s famous Nismo branch and has a top speed of 205mph, thanks to the retuned engine’s power output of 565hp. Surprisingly, the car was gifted to Tochigi Prefecture by a supportive senior citizen.

Japan Nissan GT-R police car specs

0-62mph:3 secs
Top speed:205mph

Dubai – Bugatti Veyron

Dubai - Bugatti Veyron police car

Yes, it’s another fast police car in Dubai – except this isn’t just a fast police car, it’s the FASTEST police in the world. That’s down to the 8.0-litre V6 with four turbochargers producing 594hp. That’s why its 0-62mph sprint time is an unbelievable 2.46 seconds – and then onto a top speed of 253mph.

It’s not all fun though, the fuel economy is 7mpg around town. The car is also not used for pursuits – it is used to patrol tourist areas as a PR vehicle.

Dubai Bugatti Veyron police car specs

0-62mph:2.46 secs
Top speed:253mph

UK – Lotus Evora

UK - Lotus Evora police car

The Lotus Evora is not only a stylish car to admire, but a great way to interact with people at motor shows and events to discuss road safety. It was loaned to Devon and Cornwall Police by Lotus, and it connected with younger drivers when decked out in the police livery and blue lights.

The Evora has a supercharged V6 3.5-litre engine producing 410hp for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is 186mph and it has fairly decent fuel economy of 25mpg around town. The Lotus Evora police car is capable of catching most cars used by crims – unless they are driving the Bugatti Veyron (above).

UK Lotus Evora police car specs

0-62mph:3.9 secs
Top speed:186mph

Austria – Porsche 911 Carrera

Austria - Porsche 911 Carrera police cars

Signed up for motorway patrol work, the Porsche 911 Carrera will reach 0-62 in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 180mph. The power comes from the 3.4-litre engine that produces 490hp and the suspension means it is great for cornering – which gives this police car an edge for a pursuit.

Again, it’s a car that is used for connecting with the public to encourage responsible driving – and patrol the roads on the lookout for speeding supercars.

Austria Porsche 911 Carrera police car specs

0-62mph:4.6 secs
Top speed:180mph

Dubai – Ferrari LaFerrari

Dubai - Ferrari LaFerrari police car

Another unbelievable car in the Dubai Police’s stable is the excellent Ferrari LaFerrari. The 6.3-litre V12 delivers 950hp and a top speed of 217mph – there’s also an electric motor on the rear axle adding 161hp. It costs £1.1m and will rocket to 62mph in less than three seconds. It helps that Ferrari has added its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to the car.

Dubai Ferrari LaFerrari police car specs

0-62mph:2.9 secs
Top speed:217mph

Dubai – Lykan Hypersport

Dubai - Lykan Hypersport police car

It is hard to believe that the Lykan Hypersport is used for police pursuits – less hard to believe that it is used by police in Dubai. Built by Lebanese carmaker W Motors, the very rare Lykan Hypersport has a 3.7-litre Porsche-supplied engine producing 780hp to offer the police driver a 2.8 second sprint time.

Its top speed is 240mph. The car costs £2.8m and has diamond encrusted headlights – which this police car probably retains. Famous from the Fast and Furious film franchise, the Lykan Hypersport is certainly a head turner – and the most expensive police car on our list.

Dubai Lykan Hypersport police car specs

0-62mph:2.8 secs
Top speed:240mph

Italy – Lamborghini Huracan

Italy - Lamborghini Huracan police car

When the police in Rome were done with their Lamborghini Gallardo (see above), they got the Huracan as a replacement. It is more expensive at £212,000 and the 5.2-litre V10 engine delivers 631hp.

The sprint time is 3.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 202mph. It’s another supercar doing the job of catching speeding supercars.

Italy Lamborghini Huracan police car specs

0-62mph:3.5 secs
Top speed:202mph

Dubai – Bentley Bentayga

Dubai - Bentley Bentayga police car

By now it should as no surprise that the next fastest police car is in Dubai, and it is the Bentley Bentayga. It’s another car to reach out to the public at PR exercises and the 6.0-litre W12 engine offers 626hp and a top speed of 190mph. The sprint time is 3.8 seconds – impressive for the size and weight of this police car.

Dubai Bentley Bentayga police car specs

0-62mph:3.8 secs
Top speed:190mph

Dubai – Lamborghini Aventador

Dubai - Lamborghini Aventador police car

Oh, look, it’s another fast police car in Dubai. This time it’s the Lamborghini Aventador which has a 6.5-litre V12 engine delivering 750hp and the car costs £388,000. The top speed is 217mph and the sprint time is 2.9 seconds. This is another stylish creation to engage with the public about road safety.

Dubai Lamborghini Aventador police car specs

0-62mph:2.9 secs
Top speed:217mph

USA – Steeda SSV Mustang

USA - Steeda SSV Mustang police car

Worth a mention on its own, the Steeda Police Pursuit Mustang will hit 200mph and is designed for pursuits. It is custom built and builds on the Mustang’s abilities with an uprated suspension and tuning technology to impress – especially when cornering and undergoing tight manoeuvres.

The power comes from the Gen 3 5.0-litre V8 Coyote engine which is delivered using a 10-speed transmission. If you fancy one, you’ll have to contact Steeda’s special service programme.

USA Steeda SSV Mustang police car specs

0-62mph:4 secs
Top speed:200mph

Dubai – Ferrari FF

Dubai - Ferrari FF police car

With more than 22 supercars in its fleet, it should come as no surprise that the Ferrari FF is in its ranks. The production FF offers a 6.3-litre V12 engine producing 660hp and a top speed of 208mph. The sprint time is 3.7 seconds and is used in Dubai’s tourist areas. The Ferrari FF costs a reasonable (for a supercar) £227,000.

Dubai Ferrari FF police car specs

0-62mph:3.7 secs
Top speed:208mph

Dubai – McLaren MP4-12C

Dubai - McLaren MP4-12C police car

We finish our list of the world’s fastest police cars with possibly the most crackers of automotive creations to be dressed up as a police car. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the McLaren MP4-12C.

Under the bonnet, there is a 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engine producing 727hp and a top (restricted) speed of 217mph. It costs £866,000 and is quite rare. The car offers rear-wheel drive, unbelievable handling and the power is delivered using a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sprint time is 2.8 seconds and – despite the power – the McLaren offers a frugal 34mpg. Dubai Police also have the McLaren P1 and the 570S.

Dubai McLaren MP4-12C police car specs

0-62mph:2.8 secs
Top speed:217mph
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