BMW has officially loaned an all-electric 2015 BMW i3 to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD version of the i3 is painted with the standard black and white colors and even has a roof-mounted light bar. The LAPD will be testing the i3 for the next 12 months and has access to the entire network of i-centers for routine maintenance and repairs. The LAPD’s i3 will be used in routine patrols and will be displayed at various events throughout the city over the next year. BMW feels that its lightweight construction and agility will make the i3 perfect for navigating the streets of L.A.
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If it rides on four wheels and costs a lot of money, you can probably find it rolling around somewhere in Dubai. And while it’s true that the general populace usually sees their transportation needs met by some form of exotic machinery, the local police force is equally keen on being whisked to and fro in something lavish, excessive, and very fast.
We’ve seen Bugatti Veyron cruisers and Lotus Evora ambulances, and now it looks as though the BMW i8 will join the ranks of white-and-green, UAE-style law enforcement.
And why not? Not only will the hybrid sports car have the speed necessary to track down baddies, but it’ll also save a few Dirhams at the gas pump, all in super-efficient, Euro eco-luxury.
While extravagant, the addition of an i8 to the Dubai police fleet shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the list of other high-dollar cars in service. A partial inventory would include the Lexus RC F, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari FF, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SLS, Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4 12C, Mercedes G63, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and the Audi R8.
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BMW is preparing to launch a new version of its popular X5 SUV, the F15 Security Plus. To the casual observer, nothing is amiss with the X5, but to a firearm-wielding criminal bent on theft or worse, the F15 Security Plus is a rolling safehouse disguised as a BMW.
BMW will officially debut the armored X5 at the upcoming Moscow Auto Show next week, though the original concept made its first appearance in Frankfurt last year. The F15 Security Plus is designed to meet the VR6 protection level, meaning attacks from small arms fire like the AK-47, AR-15, and most hand guns will have no effect on the passenger’s health (well, save for panic or heart attacks).
Ballistic panels and glass aren’t the only modifications BMW has done to the F15. The chassis has been strengthened while the electronic management systems and brakes have been upgraded to deal with the added weight. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque.
This isn’t BMW’s first in-house armored vehicle. The German automaker has been producing armored versions of its 7 Series for nearly two decades. Currently BMW is producing the VR7-rated 7 Series rated to protect against more lethal threats like explosives and higher-powered rifles.
BMW will also offer a lighter, VR4-rated X5 SUV for customers looking for basic protection but with minimal changes in vehicle driving dynamics. More details are slated for release once the vehicle debuts in Moscow.
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In the past few years, the European police units have had the chance to enjoy some of the most amazing sports and super cars out on the market in one way or another, such as the Italian officers’ use of the Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia. Now, they’re getting another toy to play with thanks to BMW. The German automaker has unveiled a very cool M5 Police car at the Welt Museum in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, this is just a concept for now, so the bad guys can hold off on worrying.
The M5 Police Car features the traditional German police livery, a black grille, and a light bar. Just as all the other German police cars, the new M5 Police has been equipped with iDrive-controlled warning lights, LED identification lights, and sirens. Add that to the already amazing 560 HP 4.4 liter V8 engine, and you have an amazing police car!
The fact that illicit drugs are easily accessible to many teenagers across the world is worrying in and of itself, but the fact that everyday household products can have the same effects is quite astounding and extremely worrying. Case in point, this 17-year old Australian male who was recently arrested after being pursued by police for over two hours while under the influence of paint.
Yep, those fumes we’re sure you all are familiar with, can be used by immature people to get high, but we never imagined it could impair an individual’s perceptions this much. The driver, William John Noel Compton, attracted police attention after a white BMW X5 was stolen from a Westlake home in Brisbane, while a black BMW Z4 roadster was also taken from the same household by another group.
It’s believed that five teenagers were in the vehicle throughout the entire chase, but until the teens face court, we’ll never know just what they were thinking. Furthermore, scientific testing on how paint fumes can affect an individual are extremely limited and almost non-existent, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the driver was under a similar hit provided by marijuana and other similar illicit drugs.
If one positive can be taken out of this event, it’s the fact that much of the chase was captured by a Channel 7 media helicopter and we can show you that exact video. The lives of dozens of motorists were put in harm’s way, and after many recent deaths in Australia resulting from police chases, the pursuing cop cars were understandably cautious while following the vehicle.
Check out the video above, and please note we don’t condone this sort of behavior!
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.
Police vehicles seem to be all over the news lately and the cars seem to be getting sweeter and sweeter with every headline. Of course, it’s no surprise that Germany has opted for another BMW model for their next police car. They prefer to use vehicles that have been built on their own soil sych as Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Opel. The German police are currently testing a prototype of a new emergency vehicle based on the BMW X3 and developed in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, the highway police, and the police unions.
The BMW X3 Police car is distinguished by powerful and novel arranged LED lights in both the closed and opened tailgate. There are also striking LED tail-speed cameras at the side of the vehicle and at the bottom of the tailgate. Additional signal effect is achieved by a reflective luggage grid with foil and other indicators. In addition, the entire lower area of the tailgate is coated with a reflective foil. The front end has optimum visibility. For this purpose, two front flashers were integrated below the BMW kidney and another LED signal unit in the middle of the windshield.
The innovative safety concept was implemented on a BMW X3 xDrive30d powered by a 218 hp straight-six diesel engine. The intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive offers the highest stability and optimum traction under all operating conditions.