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The long arm of the law now has a cat to stroke with Jaguar's creation of a high performance police pursuit vehicle. It hasn't been commissioned by forces yet, but is apparently under evaluation by UK authorities across the country. The model in question is the new twin-turbo XF Diesel S, a 3.0-liter unit pumping out 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, while still returning 42 British mpg.

The police version XF gets a "police pack" electronics package to power equipment, the radio, and enough lights for several Heathrow runways: a roof-mounted light bar with 3600 light elements, side alley lights, blue and white strobing LEDs in the grille and blue flashing LEDs along the side of the car, along with blue and red flashing LED lights in the rear light clusters. If you ask us, this beats a Ford Crown Vic any day of the week.

[Source: Jaguar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the benifit of buying an expenive luxury car as a police cruiser?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The idea of an affordable RWD car is a foreign concept in Europe and really only has roots in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The only RWD vehicles over there are luxury cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Residual values and performance mainly. How is a Crown Vic meant to keep up with a performance car? In the UK our forces have some exotic machinery including Evos and WRXs, there is a car crime unit in Essex that has several of them and uses them in high speed pursuits as car theft is rife there and the local chavs have a taste for fast cars. So the theory is that the cops need something better to catch them.

        The Dutch & German police used to use Porsche 911s for freeway duties, I don't know whether they still do but they are hardly cheap.

        Police cars in the UK usually do 3 years and then are sold on and a 3 year old XF or 5 series is worth far more than a 3 year old Mondeo hence the outlay.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately we Europeans do not produce things like crown vics.

        And no, BMW, Jaguar, Volvo or Mercedes Benz are not considered as luxuary cars here.

        German police has lots of Mercedes Benz Vito, and no one cares about "luxuary vans". They are just workhorses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...people are more inclined to say "nice car" rather than "stupid pig!" maybe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A$$ comfort.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember that a huge percentage of the cost of the XF and 5 series in the 'States is US import tax! The other interesting point is the diesel engine - its funny how many people over here still maintain that diesels "couldn't work," even though they seem to be just fine everywhere else :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        > So the XF is as cheap as a Crown Vic or a Charger over there?

        Purchas power parity adjusted: hell, yes, even cheaper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Put it this way - the cars that are used in taxi and police fleets in Europe would almost all be considered "entry luxury" over here. Its a really sad state of affairs that, even under those conditions, the "Big 3" haven't been able to compete worth a damn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What import tax? So the XF is as cheap as a Crown Vic or a Charger over there?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The brits need to do something with their police cars, this decals they are using look so cheap and flashy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like them too. They're quite high-vis and stand out, especially on a rainy grey motorway. But I also like North American style graphics. If we tried Euro-style graphics in N.A., you'd mix the police cars up with rent-a-cop cars and taxis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How's this for clean designs....
        http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gTzq72C9wFQ/SCsQi00M8AI/AAAAAAAAMw8/9zKJGXpz88s/0076_002b%5B1%5D.jpg
        http://graphics10.nytimes.com/images/2006/08/21/nyregion/21cars.xlarge1.jpg
        http://code3.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/800px-mazda_rx-8_police_car_in_tokyo.jpg


        All this cars look pretty cool and clean to me.. On the other hand in the UK, they put some ugly decals on a car, no mater what the color that car is, white, silver, black, gray...etc, and they got a police car on the outside. I got an idea, they can blend some red and green in in that decal and we have a perfect police car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pah. US police graphics are all bad drop shadows in the colors of the French flag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the UK graphics. Much more modern and clean than some of the way cheesy schemes on our state and local cruisers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They work fine in this country as intended, thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They prevent the cars from being T-boned at intersections, the decals are passive, high-reflectivity forms of lightbars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Andrew:
        I've never heard about any of that before - I know about medical emergency/ambulances (lemon yellow, which we use), but nothing else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Unfortunately we Europeans do not produce things like crown vics."

      Nothing unfortunate about it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      42 MPG sounds great, but at 16 BPM it's a bit costly to operate.

      What's a BPM?

      B reakdown
      P er
      M ile
        • 5 Years Ago
        *I'm* sure
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a bit of difference between the Imperial gallon and the U.S. gallon, so 42 UK MPG=35 US MPG. Still pretty impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, what an original comment...and right up to date with the early 80's. You go!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clever! If sure that would have been valid... in 1976
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this Jaguar is amazing! I want one!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Keep driving like that and you'll end up in one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope not, I can't drive anyway. I don't have a license yet, only my permit. (And it's expired)
      mitchell
      • 5 Years Ago
      um... the charger is an old mercedes e-class anyways...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Care to name the components they share between them?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Inline6: The platform that both the Charger and 300C ride on was heavily based on the old E-class platform.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_LX_platform

        That being said, this doesn't necessarily mean that the Charger is simply "and old mercedes e-class" as mitchell said(I think the two cars are more than different enough to negate any claim of a rebadging having occured), but the two cars do share a significant amount of parts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, a British police car that isn't an embarrassment. Much better than a Volvo wagon or a diesel Astra five-door. Compared to a Hemi-powered Charger, it seems a little sad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Astras are fine if you're a homogenous nation with no borders patrolled by mall security guards instead of cops. For American Police work, the Astra is too small, underpowered, and like all hatches, just plan ugly. As for for nobody wanting it, its selling 60k units in a slow economy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Beg pardon? A Charger is a compromise. It's a four door sedan with a big engine and a big name. It's a muscle car made to appeal to a market that doesn't want muscle cars any more. Like most compromises, it performs poorly in both departments.

        Volvos are safe and bloody quick. Astras are cheap enough to use for neighbourhood patrols. Nothing compromised, nothing lost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      just because an Indian company owns jaguar doesn't means its not designed manufactured and distributed through the UK. this is just like how InBev bought out Budweiser but its still manufactured in the US (for the US market not the world)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would want to be arrested just to ride in the damn thing!!!!! hahahaha
      • 5 Years Ago
      You also need to remember that if you import a Charger to Europe, you pay 10% custom duty and 16-19% (differs by country, I think) VAT. In the end, Charger cost nearly as much as XF in Europe... and there ARE reasons why buy this and not a Mondeo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently the British economy is fairing better than that in the U.S.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the UK, each county contracts with manufacturers for its police/emergency services vehicles. As a result, many manufacturers are consulted. Ford Fiesta & Focus and Vauxhall Astra models are popular as urban patrol cars, while Jaguars, Volvo V70s, Range Rovers and BMW 5-series are common high-speed motorway patrol vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here in germany we have lots of 5series BMW as police cars. They are about the same price range as the XF. In Bavaria you even find lots of E38 seven series BMW in the typical green white livery.
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