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Cops get Lamborghini Gallardo

2008-10-24 15:17

If you could drive a Lamborghini, as some lucky Italian cops do every day, wouldn't you consider donning a blue uniform too?

Lamborghini on Friday donated a version of its latest super car to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Antonio Manganelli.

The Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia has a 418-kW 5.2-litre V10 engine and can reach speeds up to 327 km/h. The car will ostensibly be used by the Lazio Highway Police Department for accident and crime prevention.

Some adjustments have been made to allow the supercar to fulfil its duties. The police beacon on the roof had to be "aerodynamically optimized" considering it regularly reaches higher speeds than the average service vehicles.

The car is also kitted out with the latest in police technology including an automatic number plate recognition system and a video recording system.

The Gallardo Polizia replaces the previous Gallardo used by the Italian police force since 2004. A second Gallardo has been in service around Bologna since 2005.

Aside from regular servicing, neither cars have required major repairs, it is reported. Only 30 police officers are permitted to drive the car.

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