Police officers put their lives on the line every time they get into uniform, but there’s no denying there are a few perks to their job — they get to feel good about what they do, they have the chance to right some wrongs in the world, they get to carry a gun, and…then there’s the cop cars. Even in the mildest form, cop cars are pretty cool. Most are equipped with special packages to give them a boost in power, the bodies are outfitted with gear so they can do cool pit maneuvers on the bad guys’ cars, but there have been a few out there that are extra awesome.
Here’s the 9 coolest cop cars, in no particular order.
Used in very high numbers for production years 2006 thru 2013 (current), the police package Charger is a 340-370 horsepower law maker. This model is a rear-drive, Hemi powered muscle car that can reach 60 mph in 5.3-6 (varies by year) seconds. Not to mention, it’s interior is very roomy and comfortable, making it an ideal rolling office for law enforcement.
Dodge Monaco Pursuit
This is the second Dodge on the list and it was a very intimidating beast in it’s prime. Used from 1977-1978 by agencies around the country, the big-block powered police cruiser reached 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, a pretty impressive number at the time. It was even running more horsepower than the top Corvette at the time, battling at 210 vs 230-hp.
*The Dodge Monaco was the police car used in The Dukes of Hazard!
Ford’s Raptor border patrol service package edition for 2010 is a high performance truck that is made to travel through any and all terrain. These extreme off-road vehicles were also outfitted with cloth seats instead of leather for the tough conditions this beast is used in.
The 2013 police interceptor edition of the Ford Taurus is no joke. After the Crown Vics were gracefully phased out, the Taurus stepped in to fill the role in law agencies around the country. This sharp looking car uses a 365 horsepower EcoBoost V6 that helps the car reach 60 mph in 5.75 seconds.
You won’t find this at any precinct in the United States (thankfully), but if if you ever visit Dubai, keep your speed to a minimum — otherwise a cop in a Lambo might ruin your day. This car is capable of reaching speeds of 217 miles per hour — if there were such models on the force in America, there would probably be a waiting list to enter the police academy!
Probably the most exotic cop car in America, this 2000 Dodge Viper was confiscated and turned over to the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) unit.
Another exotic you won’t see in the United States, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 which was given to Italy’s state police force. This model reaches speed of 203 mph and has a horsepower rating of 560bhp. This model replaced the standard Gallardo the force had used over 4 years and 87,000 miles.
Ford Mustang SSP
From 1983-1993, the California highway patrol reached out to Ford for a high performance patrol car to catch serious highway speeders — the result was the 82 CHP Mustang that turned into the Special Service Package (SSP), the next year — it also went into national use at this point as well. The 5.0L powered cars were outfitted with a performance package and 15,000 were made over this production period.
The 9C1 Chevy Caprice was in service from 1994-1996 and were also amongst the last full-size, rear wheel drive cars made by GM. They were powered by a de-tuned LT1 (same engine as the Corvette at the time) that helped the car clear a quarter mile in 15 seconds.
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