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Lamborghini dispatches Huracán Polizia

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia. (Lamborghini)

After the Dubai Police, there is perhaps no law-enforcement agency with a better-stocked garage than Italy's Polizia di Stato. And on 22 May in Rome, the long arm of the law got a little longer, thanks to Lamborghini.

In a ceremony attended by Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Italian State Police Prefect Alessandro Pansa, the supercar maker pulled the wraps off a new Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia, complete with sirens and an piccolo LED light bar. The donated car, which replaces the Italian State Police's blue-and-white Gallardos, features a 5.2-litre V10 engine producing 610 horsepower, good for a maximum pursuit speed of 202mph. 

Naturally, this is no mere Huracán – if there is such a thing as a mere Huracán. The Polizia editon’s cabin features a gun holster and the requisite radio gear, along with an advanced GPS-linked camera system that transmits location and live video to police HQ. And because a 200mph supercar makes the perfect transporter for donor organs, the Huracán Polizia’s front cargo compartment has been converted into a refrigerator.

As Italy's police Gallardos have demonstrated since reaching the force in 2004 and 2008, a siren-equipped supercar is a highly visible, undeniably effective crime-deterrent. But the Huracán Polizia, which is set to go on duty before the end of the year, may inspire unrest of a different sort: fistfights among the poliziotti who want to drive it.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia. (Lamborghini)