By on November 30, 2009

Sir, would you step out of the car, please. (courtesy:Jalopnik)

The Bologna police department proves the age-old adage that the free cars crash twice as fast [The Guardian via Jalopnik].

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    gslippy

    This car was supposed to be the ultimate pursuit vehicle for the Italian police.  Bologna’s taxpayers will not approve.

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    Facebook User

    What a shame. Doesn’t Lamborghini traditionally give a car to the local police as a way of saying thank you for looking the other way as two lane country roads are routinely turned into test tracks? And all under the the guise of emergency transplant delivery vehicle. work for me…

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    panzerfaust

    It doesn’t sound like the police officer was at fault, he was cut off (up) by the driver of the SUV and they ended up doing a bit of Lambo-Limbo.   I’m sure the folks at Sant’Agata Bolognese cand fix the Polizei’s favorite toy up as good as new.

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    psarhjinian

    I may harp on the Panther platform, but were this a Crown Vic you could fix it with a half-hour of crowbar work and fifty bucks in parts.

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    dolorean23

    +1 psarhjinian. Add the four hundred pounds of riot gear that you could still get to in the trunk of the LTD versus the Italian bull, begging the question; Where does one stash the shotgun in a rear engine Lambo?

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    psarhjinian

    If that’s the ultimate pursuit vehicle, then they must live in a curbless society where police never have to ram the suspect’s vehicle!
     
    North America is probably the exception, not the rule, in terms of PITs and curb-hopping being standard-procedure.  It’s just not done elsewhere, for all sorts of reasons, both cultural and physical.

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    porschespeed

    North America is probably the exception, not the rule, in terms of PITs and curb-hopping being standard-procedure.  It’s just not done elsewhere, for all sorts of reasons, both cultural and physical.

    While I would tend to agree with respect to the quasi-civilized world, have you seen any of the vid from South Africa? Or Russia?

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    psarhjinian

    While I would tend to agree with respect to the quasi-civilized world, have you seen any of the vid from South Africa? Or Russia?
     
    This is true.  And Ladas, in terms of shade-tree repairability, are effectively compact Crown Vics.

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    joeaverage

    Curb hopping Crown Vics vs Lambos:
    Have you guys seen some of the Italian curbs? They are designed I’ve been told to keep people from parking on sidewalks or using them as passing lanes! (Naples behavior!). 12″ curb (or more).
    I once used a Naples sidewalk to escape a city bus that ignored my Beetle.  was sitting there waiting my turn to make a right turn. The bus pulled up on my left and started his right turn causing traffic to screetch to a halt.  I had nowhere to go so I hung a hard right and started down the road with the right side of the car on the sidewalk. I had to get the rest of the car up on the sidewalk because he just crowded me right out. Nobody even raised an eyebrow! Drove a little ways down, got up some speed and jumped off the sidewalk back into the road.

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