Have you ever wondered what make and model of vehicle are used by the police in the UK? There have been many shapes and sizes put into service over the years, but all distinguishable by their unique livery and reflective chevron markings. For more information on Chevron Kits, visit www.vehiclechevrons.com. Here are just a few examples:
Skoda Kodiaq vRS
Engine: Biturbo 2.0 TDI diesel
0-62mph: 7.0 seconds
Top speed: 136mph
While it doesn’t have to be a cool police car, Skodia Kodiaq vRS will certainly be a scary sight to see rushing towards you in your rear-view mirror. The four-wheel drive system and 237bhp means that lawbreakers have a small chance of escaping British bobby.
While many standard features remain such as 20-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust pipes, there are some additional police specification upgrades. Some of the features that are not so standard include a complete 360 view due to strong LED lights sitting in the front screen, the grille, tailgate and number plates.
Ford Focus RS
Engine: 2.3 litre 4cyl turbo
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Top speed: 165mph
Back in the 80s, Essex and Suffolk Police tried Ford RS200 to see if it would function as a patrol car. Despite reporting it as an ‘amazing hit’, it was never fully used. Thirty years later, Ford was quickly incorporated into the fleet – in the form of the Focus RS. With 345bhp under its hood, this is of course no less fast – and unlike RS200, it offers a back door to transport suspected criminals, and a boot large enough to hold multiple traffic cones.
Ariel Atom PL
Engine: Honda VTEC 2.0 litre, 350bhp
0-62mph: 2.5 seconds
Highest speed: 155mph
Ariel Atom PL was given to Avon and Somerset Constabulary after the announcement of Ariel’s motorcycle. Based on the Ariel Atom 3.5R, the PL’s power output increased from 240 to 350bhp, allowing it to reach 0-62mph in an incredible 2.6 seconds. While it’s fully decorated in police livery complete with blues-and-twos, there’s no way it will ever be used for nabbing criminals who are up to no good in the area. However, if they did use the car, there would not be many getaway drivers who could escape.
Engine: 3.5-litre V6, 345bhp
0-62mph: 2.5 seconds
Highest speed: 205mph
Caparo T1 is less than a patrol car and more than a high-speed chasing vehicle. The two-seater is being driven by the London Metropolitan Police. It can explode from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds, and while it’s not possible to reach a top speed of 200mph-plus in every chase in the heart of the capital, at least it will get people moving out of the way. Designed by the engineers behind McLaren F1, Caparo will not give offenders many opportunities to escape.