The 10 unique cars of German police
1. BMW Isetta
This small car with only 2 seats and somewhat weird body was once an effective arm for German police in the early 1960s. The car has only one door and its shape is no different from a fridge door. It was not the initial choice by the German police. However, Germany entered the difficult rebuilding process after World War II, and BMW Isetta was used as the most economical solution of the time. In 2013, a police BMW Isetta was restored and sold for $ 86,000.
2. Porsche 356B Cabrio
On November 23, 1960, the first Porsche 356B Cabrio was put into service in the Düssre police station, Germany. A total of 35 vehicles were in charge of Autobahn (German highways) later. Since Autobahn has no speed limit, but if there was something illegal, the police would need a car capable of catching up and of course BMW Isetta could't do it. Each Porsche 356B Cabrio is on duty for 6 years. Today, this Porsche 356B Cabrio is owned by a Belgian collector.
3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
In the 1990s, Mercedes-Benz built five S-Classs cars to transport bank money. These cars were owned by the Federal police. Of course they were totally not cheap. Each cost about 1.2 million euros ($ 1.37 million) in 1999. However, one of the remaining S-Classes was sold on eBay for the price of only $ 11,410 a few years ago.
4. BMW E36 M3
BMW E36 M3 is still used by German police after 26 years since its launch. With 321 horsepower total, this E36 M3 is a real nightmare for criminals who believe they can escape police cars. However, the performance of these cars can be affected by their heavy hoods. The priority light system and the speakers also reduce the aerodynamics of the cars.
5. Volkswagen e-Golf
Electric cars are increasingly being used more widely in police forces, such as the Tesla Model S in the United States. German police also began equipping Volkswagen e-Golf in September 2014. The car has no exhaust. And its silence during operating helps to chase and approach criminal vehicles. However, the range of e-Golf is quite limited, only 190 km.
6. TechArt Porsche 911 Carrera S
The Porsche 911 Carrare S was made specifically by TechArt tuning company for the German police force in 2005. It has a capacity of 370 horsepower and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.5 seconds. This is a collaborative product between the German Ministry of Transport and the Car Tuning Association, created to encourage drivers to use genuine, qualified parts to upgrade their vehicles.
7. Brabus Mercedes-Ben CLS V12
Another tuned model of the German police force is the Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS V12, also known as Brabus Rocket. This vehicle has a capacity of up to 730 horsepower. The famous tuning company Brabus has created this special patrol car. It was developed to do missions on Autobahn. So far, Brabus Rocket CLS is still one of Germany's fastest police cars.
8. ABT Audi R8 GTR
ABT is the next tuning brand to cooperate with the German Ministry of Transport, this time with the Audi R8 GTR. Started serving in the police force in 2011, ABT Audi R8 GTR is equipped with 5.2 liter V10 engine, 620 horsepower capacity. The car easily hits 100 km/h from standing position in 3.2 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds, and has maximum speed of 325 km/h.
9. Mini Cooper JCW
Mini Cooper JCW (John Cooper Works) is one of 6 specialized car versions that BMW created in 2018. The body of the car is painted in the street-styled graffity. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, with a capacity of 231 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Not only in Germany, police forces in many other European countries also use Mini Cooper JCW because of its compact body, strong engine and community-friendly appearance.
10. Chevrolet Corvette Stinrgay
This is the only car of American origin to serve in the German police force. As part of a cooperation program between the government and the Car Tuning Association, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is equipped for patrol police. The vehicle uses 6.2 liter V8 engine with a capacity of 466 horsepower, coming with 7-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the car is upgraded with police bodykit, priority lights, speakers and security communication system.
By: Jonath Martin