Italian Police Go Hollywood: Here’s a Look at Their New Lamborghini
There are certain pros and cons to operating in a country renowned for its high-performance vehicles. On the con side, wealthy Italian drivers with a penchant for speed can handily beat the Alfa Romeo sedans police are often outfitted with while driving their Ferraris and Maseratis. On the pro side, automakers seem to want to make sure that local law enforcement are well equipped to handle such situations. In a move that will make high-speed chases far more interesting and Hollywood-like, Lamborghini (VLKAY.PK) has presented a brand new Huracán – the successor to the popular Gallardo — the the Italian police, in full livery.
“We have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police. The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian super sports car excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake,” said Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
This isn’t an unprecedented gesture: Lamborghini first gave the Italian fuzz a Gallardo to use in service in 2004. As you might expect, the Huracán has been properly outfitted to help it fulfill the role of police cruiser. The luggage compartment in the front of the car is equipped with a specialized refrigerator for the purpose of transporting donor organs, a situation in which every second is crucial. There is also a defibrillator for on-scene emergencies.
There’s also the more police-familiar gun holster, police radio equipment, and the “paletta,” or handheld stop sign. This Huracán also has a removable screen that’s wired to the dash camera so the officers can show the perpetrator the offense immediately and on-site.
The benefit of the partnership also extends to Lamborghini, which gets perhaps the most brutal and demanding real-world test of its vehicles by donating them to those who will use them the most. The company proudly stated that the donated Gallardo racked up more than 140,000 kilometers (about 86,000 miles) until 2008 and more than 110,000 kilometers between 2009 and 2014 during patrol duty on central and southern Italian motorways without the need for major repairs or anything outside of routine service.