Thursday, October 30, 2008

Now THIS is cool.

"Don't even think about trying to outrun the cops in Lazio, Italy, unless you can do 204 mph because the boys in blue are rollin' in a 560-horsepower Lamborghini Gallardo that'll do 203.

The Italian automaker today handed Antonio Manganelli, head of the Italian State Police, the keys to a Gallardo LP560 "Polizia" model that makes the Dodge Charger and Carbon E7 police cars look like a Crown More.. Vic on its last legs. No word where Manganelli is now, but somehow we suspect the 30 officers personally trained by Lamborghini's test drivers will be waiting quite awhile for their turn behind the wheel.

The Gallardo Polizia is chock-full of high-tech equipment, not the least of which is that sweet 5.2-liter V10. It'll propel the Gallardo Polizia to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it just the thing for chasing down criminals or making a run for espresso and zeppole. We've got more pix and video...

You might think this is nothing more than a shameless PR stunt by Lamborghini, but this is the third car Sant'Agata has given Italy's finest. The Gallardo in the motor pool of Rome's police department has racked up an impressive 87,000 in four years, and the odometer on the 2005 Gallardo in the Bologna PD fleet just turned over 62,000 miles. "Aside from regular servicing, neither of the super sports cars has required major repairs," Lamborghini boasts.

The latest Polizia model is chock-full of high-tech gear, including a video camera and GPS unit that will determine exactly how fast you were going when Geovanny Law finally stopped you. But our favorite features are the refrigerated cooler for transporting donor organs and the heart defibrillator behind the passenger seat -- although we suspect that's there for the first cop who tries to chase down an F430 Scuderia on the Autostrada."


pat houseworth said...

I'd have to pack a bag of "Depends" for a ride like that....and this coming from someone who has topped out his old Yamaha at 150 on a straight highway.

Mushy said...

Ah, I'd soon see the Mustangs the HP use in some states! Sound better too!

BRUNO said...

Ahh, yes---the Italian State Police. Almost as reliable as the French Army, when push comes to shove!

(Didn't expect that kinda comment from ME, didja???)