By on July 6, 2010

Happy Hangover Tuesday! I trust you’re all in good spirits despite possibly imbibing too many good spirits over the holiday weekend. Nothing a nice nap in the county lockup won’t cure.

Yup, chances are at least one or two of you were given an introduction to the ins and outs of traffic, DUI or public drunkenness laws this weekend. Hopefully you didn’t try to outrun the cops before they caught you.

There’s always lots of cool things to see besides the new model year vehicles at the auto show, and one display I always enjoy is the one showing off the latest and greatest police cars. I especially love the ones they’ve confiscated from drug busts and tricked out to take care of law enforcement business. Good luck outrunning those.

Believe it or not I’ve never been arrested (shocking, I know) and I hope you haven’t either. However, taking a trip in one of these sweet rides is almost worth it. Just make sure you have a friend willing to bail you out of jail so you can get back to celebrating your independence.

Here are my favorite hotrod cop cars, one or two of which I’ve actually seen on the streets during my various travels. I hope you get the thrill of seeing them one day too, without accessorizing your American Gladiator Fourth of July outfit with silver bracelets. You know the cops are hoping you’ll run so they can open these babies up.

Cop Lamborghini Murcielago

This beauty was on display at the 2008 Abu Dhabi International Motorshow. I keep hearing about this Lamborghini Diablo that the Iowa State Patrol has, but I can’t find any pictures of it. If anyone has a shot of it, could you share it with us?

Cop Porsche 911

This German police cruiser comes in handy when trying to pull over Michael Schumacher wheeling a taxi through Bavarian streets. Again …

Porsches have a long tradition on the (partially) no speed limit Autobahn. In 1966, the 100,000th Porsche, a 912 Targa outfitted for the police, was delivered to the  Baden-Wurttemberg state police. A later press release noted ”40 police cars, mainly 912 Targas and some six-cylinder Coupés were delivered in 1967 alone.”

Cop Chevy Corvette C5

This one I have seen on the road, and luckily not bearing down on me from behind (that’s what she said). Not sure where they put the perps, though. In the trunk?

Cop Camaro

Multiple police departments across the US use Camaros as chase vehicles. Like the Corvette, the cops have to call another car to pick your sorry butt up and take you to jail because there’s no room for you in the back. After all that hassle you won’t even get to ride in it.

Cop Dodge Charger

There are entire fleets of this menacing-looking beast running the highways of the USA. I’ve heard that the 2011 police models will offer a 390 hp 5.7 liter HEMI. Hey, if the Charger is good enough for Leroy Jethro Gibbs, it’s good enough for me.

Just don’t come to me for that bail money.

The Booth Babe is an anonymous auto show model who dishes about what really goes on behind the scenes. Read her blog at And if you treat her nicely, read her each Sunday at

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26 Comments on “The Booth Babe Chronicles: Outrun This...”

  • avatar

    I’ve never understood the point of these “exotic cop cars”.

    Due to cost and practicality, there isn’t a chance in hell every cop will get one of these. They are more like halo vehicles for the police department, you know, to show baddies what’s waiting for them in case they decide to run away. Most cops will keep banging in their Caprices for the foreseable future.

    So imagine the cop chasing the baddie and shouting from the mic “Just wait till that Lambo/Corvette/Camaro comes from the other side of the town”. The baddie will have got away by then.

    IMO, the best option would be to trick out oridnary cop cars, like those upgraded Skoda Octavias we have here in Europe. More effective and more bang for the buck. Unless halo, not effectiveness is the first priority for our dear cops.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoTone Loser

      It’s not always a good idea to use them if you have them, either. Either Marietta police or Atlanta police had five repo’d drug dealer Camaros, no two were alike. They were painted in police livery and pressed into service.

      In one very noteworthy chase they wrecked all of them.

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    I never understood the point of these either. I know a buddy who used to live in guatemala used to ride a dual sport (motorcycle) for many years before moving here and he outran the cops a few times (or so he claims) in Guatemala simply by going offroad where they couldn’t follow. I’d also imagine a stock 600cc->1000cc bike would outrun most of these. In any case, aren’t high speed chases discouraged due to liability issues? I’m pretty sure that is the case here in Chicago.

    • 0 avatar

      Last spring I saw a pack of guys on 1000cc+ sportbikes scream past me on I-95 in northeastern MD, doing well over 120. Then about 90 seconds later, I saw a Charger patrol car scream past me doing, well, not even close to that. I don’t know why he even bothered.

  • avatar

    A helicopter and a bullet will catch up to all bikes

    • 0 avatar

      I think you mean a radio. No cops are going to be shooting at you for speeding especially if you are going that fast. Some bikes can keep up with or outrun some helicopters:;+Biker+outruns+stunned+police+helicopter…-a0122563845

    • 0 avatar

      I am sure some bikes might have a higher top speed than some helicoptors, but hey won’t be able to loose them by going faster, as helicoptors can fly and bikes tend to be limited to roads and other level terrian. I am sure bikes can jump, but don’t think that is gonna help much.

  • avatar

    They exist both as halo vehicles to give the department visibility and a ‘cool’ factor to help bring in new recruits (like the custom Mustangs, Camaros, and civilian Hummers the armed forces drag around to recruitment fairs) as well as a not-so-subtle reminder to drug dealers about what happens to their slick rides if they ever get busted in them carrying enough product.

  • avatar

    There was a blue-and-white Lamborghini Gallardo convertible shown at the 2006 Concorso Italiano in Monterrey, CA, decked out in “Polizia” trim from Beverly Hills Lamborghini. Who knows — maybe they actually used one to catch one???

  • avatar

    Who cares how tiny the back seat on the Camaro is, the perp should be stuffed back there.

  • avatar

    I wonder if they do pit maneuvers with the corvette?

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    The Florida highway patrol used to have a number of Mustangs. The biggest problem with the exotics and sports cars is fitting in the increased amount of electronics and other equipment cops must carry. As the panther fades away a lot of departments are going to BoF SUVs, which won’t outrun anything, but which can haul all the equipment and a couple of people as well.

  • avatar

    In Italy the Polizia had one Gallardo (white and blue). Dunno if they still have it.

    They can be seen usually in Alfa 159 (in previous years in 156; 155) or Fiat Punto cars.

  • avatar

    FYI: the Porkers from the 1960s were for high speed transport of organs between hospitals, among other things.

    These cars have merit, or at least had merit back then.

    • 0 avatar
      Facebook User

      There is some truth to that, but not much…Lambo actually gave the local police department the Gallardo as a traditional form “thanks” for looking the other way as they tear up the back roads during testing year after year. In all the press releases they claim it is for organ donor transport. Which makes tons of sense given there are helicopters used for that purpose with great ease and reliability and zero public safety issues.

      And in an absolutely perfect ending to the well planned publicity stunt that is a Gallardo dressed in police attire – its been wrecked

  • avatar

    One thing these cop cars do is help to remind us of the days when many ordinary cop cars were the equivalent of four-door Roadrunners, with everything in the drive train either high-performance or heavy-duty. One example would be the 1976 Dart pursuit car I owned for a while. This car had a long list of items that were not available on civilian Darts that year: extra welds at body/frame attachment points, rear sway bar (tucked up behind the rear axle), heavy-duty front swaybar and shock absorbers, 15×6-inch steel wheels (standard 15×7-inch cop car wheels wouldn’t fit the Dart), inside hood release, 360 4-barrel engine with dual exhausts and no catalytic converters, heavy-duty vinyl front seat upholstery, and a dome light the size of a pie plate. Then there were items that weren’t cop-car specific, like the 727 Torqueflite, the oil cooler for the power-steering pump, and yet more that I can’t remember right now. This car taught me that A-body Mopars – and similary-equipped Aspen/Volares – can be made to handle well, and that all the movie chase scenes in which the cop car slides around like crazy and squeals the tires on every corner are baloney.

    It’s a long time since I’ve driven an ex-cop car, and I don’t know if the current ones are much different mechanically than the civilian counterparts.

  • avatar

    Maine has a whole slew of Mustang GT State Police cars. Every color of the rainbow. Very nasty and hard to spot in traffic, and especially not very noticeable when parked under a bridge running laser. They also have a plethora of un-marked Crown Bricks and Impalers. Be very wary of any of the above with very deeply tinted windows – cop cars are the only cars in Maine allowed with such.

  • avatar

    We also have one of these Mustang state police cars here in Southern In . Black with dark tinted windows and wicked fast . He haunts a stretch of highway outside of town . We as locals know to watch out for him but any one else coming through that stretch of highway is a speeding target for that stang .

  • avatar

    I especially love the ones they’ve confiscated from drug busts and tricked out to take care of law enforcement business.

    Rather than steal people’s property without due process because they happen to operate a black market business, we’d all be safer if police resources were devoted to actual crimes involving violence or property theft.

    Frankly, enough cops routinely violate traffic laws with regular cruisers and motorcycles. I’m not sure that I want to give them high performance cars to play with.

    The various cop Mustangs, Camaros and other fast cars are little more than more massaging for already inflated cop egos.

    BTW, the latest cop trick seems to be harassing and arresting folks for videotaping them on duty, in public.

    • 0 avatar
      Mark MacInnis

      Sounds like you’d probably prefer to let Jose the coke dealer continue to sell coke near high schools? Vehicle seizure is a police/legal system response to American courts’ liberal azz judges letting drug dealers walk with impunity on technicalities…if you can’t put ’em in jail, at least you can increase their cost of doing business by “taxing” their profits by confiscating their cars….don’t want to do the time? Don’t do the damned crime.

  • avatar

    Our Lexington, Massachusetts PD has the Dodge Chargers. A small fleet of them. They’re fleet. I’m sorry, I can’t help myself. I should mention–especially around the Independence Day weekend, because so many people seem unaware of this important fact about our nation’s history: Lexington is where our revolutionary war began.

    The Wellfleet MA PD has some bicycles. As does the Cambridge PD.

  • avatar

    Sheesh, Booth Babe, maybe I’m projecting, but it woulda never even occurred to me that you might have been arrested. And now that you mention it, I still suspect I’m justified in having never had that thought. (But if you have a story of narrow escape, having to do with cars, I’m sure Ed would be happy to run it). Now Baruth–that’s another matter.

  • avatar

    In Hawaii, lots of cops get to use their own cars for police duty. They just clamp on a blue roof light and go. It makes for interesting cop cars, though i’m sure there must be a list of “approved” vehicles. I’ve seen Camrys, G35s, and 4Runners along with the chargers, camaros, and mustangs doing “double duty” for home and “office” use.

    btw, the use of their own vehicles makes it really hard to tell when a cop is behind you (esp in the dark), so i’d think more speeders get tagged by the unusual makes.

  • avatar

    Wanted to add: This week I had a conversation with a cop whose squad car is a Crown Vic. I asked him if his gas tank had been retrofitted with a bladder and he didn’t know. I told him to up his life insurance.

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