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Don’t you wish you were a cop in Britain? While our American police officers have to drive around in Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias, the UK is getting some Beamers.

BMW is giving all 52 of the country’s police forces these new products, including the new 5-Series , X1 , X3, xDrive20d, and the X5 xDrive30d and xDrive40d SUVs. Every one of these vehicles will be powered by diesel fuel because the environment is just as important as catching crooks.

The United Kingdom will also get a 330d sedan High Performance Pursuit Vehicle. This will be the machine you will see running down the baddies at high speeds on the motorways. Despite having these amazing cars, the UK will still rely on cameras to catch speeders on the motorway.

The German automaker will also include the R1200 RF-P Police bike, which should be used on Britain’s crowded roads and in cities.

Press release after the jump.

The Australian police have just received a new member to their fleet: a Jeep Cherokee Police Edition. The car comes equipped with Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and the active four wheel drive system Selec-Trac II. So, basically, the Australian bad guys have no chance.

The Cherokee police edition is powered by a a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 petrol engine that produces 202 HP at 5,200 rpm and 314 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Utilized for a variety of functions, the kitted-out Cherokee has already made an appearance at the Royal Melbourne Show and can be spotted at the Central Goldfields for emergency services events, various school programs and escort duties to name a few.

The SUV was at the 2010 National Jeep Jamboree showing off its off-road capabilities on the 4WD test track. On the Australian market, the Cherokee Sport V6 is currently on sale at $36,990.

Press release after the jump.

The UK Police Fleet has just received the capability of a slew of new members. Hyundai was able to get a ‘preferred supplier’ status issued by the National Association of Police Fleet Managers and is looking into turning the i20, i30, ix35 (known as the Tucson in the States), Santa Fe, and iLoad into street-protecting police cruisers.

Tony Whitehorn, said: "Anyone buying a car needs to make sure that they are getting the best possible package for their money. That’s especially true when you are buying thousands of vehicles and spending taxpayers’ money! The quality, reliability, resale value and performance of Hyundai vehicles has shone through and they’ve been given the green light to carry a blue light."

The UK police has chosen the ix35 because it is powerful and spacious enough to replace larger, more expensive off-roaders which have traditionally been the first choice for traffic police.

In the UK the ix35 is offered with a choice of five engines, with output ranging from 133 to 181 HP.

Press release after the jump.

The Chevrolet Caprice last served as a police car in 1996, but after 14 years of absence, Chevrolet has decided it was time for a comeback. For 2011, the Caprice will once again help catch the bad guys.

The Caprice Police car is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine rated at 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment list will include 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps, large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, police-calibrated stability control system and special equipment packages such as spotlights. Other features are lockouts for the power windows and locks and an “undercover” street-appearance package (9C3).

"The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement," said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas."

Updated 09/15/2010: Customers interested in the new Caprice Police Car will be happy to know that they can begin placing their orders in January with deliveries starting in April 2011. The price for the police car is $30,995.

Press release after the jump.

Technically speaking, the 2011 Dodge Charger has yet to be made official by Chrysler , but despite that, the Charger Pursuit police car based on the 2011 Charger has already been released.

We don’t know if this was intentional on Chrysler’s part or if it was just a bad case of wrong timing, but it does come across as weird that the official car hasn’t been introduced yet and the police-ready version of the same car already has a video circulating of its appearance at the annual Police Fleet Expo.

In this video, which appears to have been taken at the Fleet Expo, the Charger Pursuit police car is shown completely unobstructed, giving us the first in-depth look at the new Charger, including that much talked-about rear end that was, apparently, inspired by the Charger’s cousin in the Dodge family tree, the Challenger .

Check out the video to see what the 2011 Dodge Charger should look like, minus all the police-related decals and features, of course.

More videos after the jump.

Source: You Tube

After unveiling the Police Interceptor Concept , Ford has unveiled today the official details on the Police Interceptor production version, both sedan and utility versions.

The new Interceptor is powered by a highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 280 HP and E85 compatibility, is mated to a unique six-speed automatic transmission that combines lowered initial gears for improved off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising.

The new police car will be equipped with a water-cooled power transfer unit that guarantees capability in all conditions, Ford SYNC, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), cross-traffic alert, rear view camera, Reverse Sensing System, remappable steering wheel controls and Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™).

"The combination of both the sedan and utility versions of the Police Interceptor allows Ford to deliver a complete, diverse and efficient solution to all of law enforcements’ pursuit needs," said Ken Czubay, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. "These vehicles were developed step-by-step with our valuable Police Advisory Board, so we have had customer feedback throughout the development process and provided an efficient solution for fleet managers."

Press release after the jump.

Here’s some more bad news for the bad guys out there: Chrysler has unveiled the 2011 Charger Pursuit and will begin taking orders for them in September. The new car combines tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency, and an iconic design.

The 2011 Charger Pursuit comes with performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels, and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The interior will get a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment, and more. Adding to the safety of the vehicle will be multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring, and more.

The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit is powered by an all-new standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) and available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).

How do you guys think the Dodge Charger Pursuit will hold up against the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car ? Hit us up in the comments section below.

UPDATE 09/24/2011: During a recent test drive, the Dodge Charger Pursuit established a new record time at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests. The car ran the Grattan Raceway in an impressive time of 1:33.70.

That wasn’t the only feat either. The new Charger Pursuit also scored impressive sprint times during its evaluation: 0-to-60 mph in 5.83 seconds, 0-to-70 mph in 7.38 seconds, 0-to-80 mph in 9.18 seconds, 0-to-90 mph in 11.43 seconds, and 0-to-100 mph in 13.65 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Alexander + 10

It’s about that time, folks. The time for police officers to ride in style while they capture the miscreants that roam our cities. The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will be seen on the streets starting in April 2011. Before that officers can order the Caprice PPV detective package (9C3) in October 2010. The police package (9C1) can be ordered starting in January 2011 before the vehicles start their service in June 2011.

The Caprice police car is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine producing 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has the appeal of Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. Those features will come in handy when patrolling the streets as will the full-width prisoner partition when the police officers have “guests” in the backseat.

The PPV comes with tons of standard equipment to help out the boys in blue including 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps, large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, police-calibrated stability control system and special equipment packages such as spotlights and a little something called “Trap Speed”. This feature captures speed when tracking/pacing other vehicles.

Hit the jump for the press release containing full specs for the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle.

Posted on by Bryan 8

As much as we love, or hate, the police, they have always had the most fantastic cars. Sure they are big boats, but they can keep up with most sports cars. The next generation of police cruisers is upon us and this one is from Chevrolet. It’s called the Caprice PPV and it will get an old school motor under the hood. The Ford Taurus cop car will get a fancy EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6, but in typical GM fashion, the Caprice will get a 6.0-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. One would think that with that many liters and that many cylinders GM would be able to get a bit more power out of the big V8.

We already know what to expect with the normal car, but we are anxious to find out what kinds of toys will be offered on the “Detective Package”. The car will get an undercover look, which is great because it shows us what the car might look like when it goes on sale for us normal folks.

The car will use the same underpinnings as the normal Police PPV and there will be seven colors available.

Be sure to look at the pictures below for a look at what the car has to offer.

The future of the next-generation police interceptor took a significant step towards reality after Carbon Motors announced, in their latest newsletter, that it has received over 14,000 reservations for the custom-built E7 police car .

While the figure is pretty significant, it’s still wise to temper expectations in the actual sales volume of the car especially since nobody has given any indication that they have signed up to buy the E7. The biggest reason behind the lack of firm orders for the E7? The price tag for one unit has yet to be revealed by the boys over at Carbon Motors.

Given what we already know about the car and its multitude of unique and high-tech features, it goes without saying that the price for one will be significantly more expensive than any of the new police cruisers out on the market today.

As of now, the 14,000 reservations have come from over 400 police agencies all over the country and, given the expected gargantuan cost to pick up one of these Demolition Man-like cruisers, we’re not pinning our hopes on having all of those 14,000 reservations turn into firm orders.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Carbon Motors

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