1. Dodge Charger Hemi
The original Dodge Charger was the classic muscle car of the 1970s. In the past few years if you’ve ever seen a beefed up, more modern looking patrol car on your local streets, odds are its the new Dodge Charger Hemi. Police forces love the beefed up Hemi engine that comes in handy for intense pursuits (170 mph top speed, 368 horsepower), as well as the maneuverability and versatility of the vehicle.
2. Knight Rider’s Ford Mustang GT500KR
This isn’t the original 1980s smart car driven by Hasselhof. This is the Ford Mustang GT500KR, built for the modern version of the television show. This is the most powerful stock car that Ford has ever built. It’s a Shelby variation with 480lb-ft of torque at 4500rpm and solid-axle rear suspension that makes for some fantastic cop-car action sequences.
3. Italian Police Lamborghini Gallardo
Leave it to the Italians to choose a Lamborghini as a cop car. Just like in the movies, some of the fastest car chases occur in Europe and the Italian police want things to be fair. Lamborghini built specialized versions of its awe inspiring Gallardo for the task, including image and voice transmitting equipment and crime scene evidence storage coolers.
4. Steve McQueen Bullit Ford Mustang GT
Known for one of the best car chase scenes in cinema history, Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback rose to cult status. In 2008 Ford released a limited edition Bullit model.
5. Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa
Miami Vice was the epitome of cool in its day, from the flashy cars, cheap suits and high speed boat chases. But to this day, what is most rememberd from the series is Crockett and Tubbs’ 1980s Ferrari Testarossa. Enzo Ferrari himself was such a fan of the show that he donated two Testarossas to the series to replace the Daytona Spyder 365 kit car replica. Whether simply as a gift from a fan, or a shrewd marketing ploy, Ferrari established itself as a brand in the United States during this time period. In the 2006 movie version of Miami Vice the Testarossa was replaced by the sleek modern F430.
6. Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
This is the vehicle most think when referring to a police car or often see patrolling their streets. It is the most widely used police car in the United States. Production started in 1992 and continues to this day. The vehicle is so popular among law enforcement agencies because it possess all the qualities needed for police driving techniques. It has a conventional rear wheel drive, a powerful V8 engine, and body on frame construction. This allows for more durability and easier repairs. It also boasts a heavy duty transmission, heavy duty brakes, and a 250 horsepower engine.
7. Chevy Camaro Z28 B4C
A stock Camarao was combined with the best part of the Z28 and a Chevy 350 V8 from 1991-2002. Besides a heavier frame then the stock Camaro it came with many add ons needed specifically for police cars. Heavy duty features include oversized front and rear sway bars, a high-output alternator, larger four-wheel disc brakes, separate engine, power steering, and transmission oil coolers. It has a certified 145mph speedometer. The California Highway Patrol, which deals with the most car pursuits annually in the U.S. adopted the car.