Rides so Sweet, They Ought to be Criminal


By Mary Mullaj
In a private ceremony held at the Viminale Palace in Italy, Lamborghini donated a new addition to the Italian police fleet. The brand new Gallardo LP560-4 is the second car donated to the Italian state police, replacing the previously donated Gallardo after 4 years of service. The new Lamborghini Gallardo will be used for patrol duty as well as medical transport.

The mechanical package is the same but various law enforcement gadgets have been added to the interior: a video monitoring system, GPS data logger, radar guns, a gun holster, police radio, a digital video hook-up, four sirens and finally, a classic hand-held stop sign. Medical equipment is built in too, including a special cooler in the luggage compartment used for the transport of donor organs.  The car is liveried in the colors of the Polizia di Stato, white and light royal blue, with stripes and lettering following the Gallardo’s dynamic design angles.  Only thirty specially trained (and very lucky) officers are allowed to drive it.

The luxury car is actually not a poor choice for daily patrol duties. The previous Gallardo, owned by Rome’s police force, is proof of the high reliability of modern Lamborghinis. It has clocked nearly 87,000 miles and rarely missed a day of service. A second Gallardo has been in service around Bologna since 2005. Neither of the cars has sustained major repairs. The main patrol beat for the new Gallardo will be south of Rome, between Salerno and Reggio Calabria. It will also be used for publicity, including possible appearances in the US, which will undoubtedly make American cops extremely jealous.

Named for its 560hp (418kW) output and 4WD powertrain, the V10-powered LP560/4 can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 203 miles per hour. Permanent all-wheel drive and a refined chassis render it stable even at high speeds. Additionally, it is aerodynamically optimized for swiftness. All in all, the Gallardo is a very effective deterrent to speeders and other lawbreakers.
Via Serious Wheels