Recent news has been abuzz with police squadrons in the world adding hyper-cars to their cavalry. The Dubai police’s garage includes the Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, Aston-Martin One-77 and Bentley Continental GT to name a few. Now it looks like the United Kingdom police hit the jackpot and got itself a Mclaren MP4-12C Spider. The new police patrol vehicle was unveiled on the weekend at the 2014 Autosport International in Birmingham, UK.
The hyper-car will not be practical as an everyday patrol vehicle. Officers from the Central Motorway Group in the Midlands hope it will help in high-speed chases where civilians have vehicles that can outrun a normal police car. The car has come at a price tag of 240,000 GBP (Around Rs. 2.5-crore). The Dubai police also added the MP4-12C to its arsenal in 2013, but the UK police has got its hands on the spider edition.
Performance stats on the ostentatious cop car are understandably staggering. The car is powered by a 3.8-litre, twin-turbo, V8 engine that pumps out a peak power of 625 BHP and a maximum torque of 600 NM. This performance is mated to a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The MP4-12C Spider does the 0-100 kmph run in just 3.0 seconds and the top speed comes in at around 330 kmph. The 12C’s carbon fiber composite chassis makes it incredibly light and the car has a curb weight of 3300 lbs (Around 1496 kgs).
The car produces six times the power of a standard Ford Fiesta police car. While more affordable sports car like the Subaru Impreza would struggle to escape from the UK police thanks to their extensive training, the addition of this speed demon will make it impossible. The Mclaren is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive, two door that seats the driver and one passenger.
The high-end police car trend is not a new one. The UK police already has the Lotus Evora S and Jaguar XF. The Italian police has a Lotus Evora S and a Lamborghini Gallardo. The US police has the Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan GT-R and Dodge Charger. The German police has a Brabus Mercedes CLS V12-S “Rocket”. Buying any of these cars would be a dream come true, but if you see these cars behind you with flashing lights, you’d better pull over.
Source: Daily Mail UK