The Need for Speed: LAPD introduce new Lamborghini ‘squad vehicle’ to the land of car chases
- LAPD’s new black and white 201 mph Gallardo worth $200,000
- Car does 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
- You can run, but you can’t hide,’ the LAPD said on social media
- The stunning sports car has been painted in the traditional police colors
The Los Angeles Police Department has gone and got themselves a Lamborghini. With a starting price of $182,000, the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo is the latest edition to the LAPD’s fleet of vehicles, complete with traditional black and white paint and ‘To Protect and to Serve’ written on the sides, according to NBC Los Angeles.
And in the land of high-speed pursuits, what better way to catch those bandits flying down the 101, right? Wrong.
The luxury ride is privately owned by Nathalie and Travis Marg of Light Source 1, Inc, a major telecommunications contractor. According to officer Sally Madera, the car was donated to the department and will be used by police for ‘charity events and recruitment’.
Essentially the car will be used to promote the LAPD in a glamorous fashion and hopes to inspire more men and women to join the force.
No tax dollars were spent on the vehicle, the department said.
The Lamborghini already has its own Twitter and Instagram accounts, using the screen name LAPDLambo, as well as a website. It will make its first official appearance at the Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field ini Lancaster on March 21-22.
According to Lamborghini’s website, the car has a top speed of 199 mph.
A 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo starts at about $182,000. According to the LAPDLambo account on Instagram, no tax dollars were spent on the vehicle. The LAPD are not the only police force in the world to have such a flash vehicle at their disposal.
Dubai Police added a white and green Lamborghini Aventador to their patrol fleet last February. The city’s force confirmed at the time that their patrol cars were getting a sporty makeover to help patrolling on highways.
The Aventador will certainly be useful when catching criminals on the road, as it can do 0 to 60mph in a mind-blowing three seconds and has a top speed of a whopping 217mph.
Comparisons were made between Dubai Police’s version and Knight Rider, a series that focused on a lone crimefighter battling the forces of evil with an indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.