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Upgrade for Italy's traffic police?

A few traffic cops policing southern Italy's motorways may get to drive the force's latest and greatest "patrol vehicle" – a Lamborghini Gallardo.

    Regular police cars not big on looks or speed

    A gift from one of the most famous sports car manufacturers, the blue and white vehicle was presented complete with flashing blue lights and a siren.

    With a top speed of 309kph, it should have the edge in any chase on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway.

    However, the car is just as likely to be used for emergency deliveries such as human organs for transplant.

    The sleek two-seater was put on display in Rome at a police event before entering service on the notorious motorway in the south.

    It is a six-speed luxury vehicle with a 500-horsepower engine designed to go from zero to 100kph in four seconds.

    Donated by the Lamborghini factory in Bologna, its list price is $165,000, probably making it unlikely that the Italian police force will actually buy any for its fleet.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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