New 666-hp SUV To
Speed Up Police In Italy
15 DEC - The twenty-year collaboration between the State Police in Italy and the Lamborghini car manufacturer was resumed with the presentation of a new super SUV police vehicle.
The Urus Performante model of the Bolognese company is set up for the transport of organs and special road police services.
The new SUV was presented in Piazza del Viminale in Rome in the presence of Prime minister Giorgia Meloni and Chief of Police Vittorio Pisani. The keys to the supercar were handed over to the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi by Stephan Winkelmann, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
The relationship between between the State Police and Lamborghini dates back to 2004, when the first Gallardo was built. From 2015 onwards, the Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan, which is still in service today. There are currently two of this model in service: one in Rome and one in Bologna.
Urus Performante, with its 666 hp twin-turbo V8 engine, which guarantees acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.3 seconds, was set up by Lamborghini technicians in Sant'Agata Bolognese, starting from the exterior, entirely following the specifications of the Police. The passenger compartment has been customized with various elements essential for the public safety service, including an armored weapon drawer, a fold-down panel for variable graphic and visual messages, a special compartment in the trunk for emergency equipment and a defibrillator for first aid interventions. The vehicle comes with a portable fridge for organ transport including display and data logger for constant monitoring of internal temperature. The new car will be assigned to the traffic police department for the administrative regions of Campania (Naples) and Basilicata (Potenza).
In other developments in Italy the new Alfa Romeo “Tonale” arrived on Italian roads with the State Police livery. The new Tonale was symbolically delivered to the State Police in Turin. The event took place at the Stellantis Style Center in the presence of Мr. Piantedosi, Mr. Pisani and the CEO of Alfa Romeo, Jean-Philippe Learnato. The new type is equipped with a 1,500 cc hybrid petrol engine with 163 horsepower, with 7-speed automatic transmission, ballistic and shatterproof protection and equipped with the technological "Mercurio Extended" system, used to speed up checks during operational interventions. It will be distributed to the general prevention offices and public assistance of all police headquarters and the main police stations, starting this month.
In total, 850 cars will come to the State Police car fleet within the first half of 2024 as part of a 2022 tender. Thus the Police-Alfa Romeo partnership is renewed, having started back in the 1950s with the 1900 Super TI special and continued in the 1960s and 1970s with the production of the iconic Giulietta 1300 and Giulia super 1600. Later in the beginning of the 80s the Alfa Romeo 33 arrived to be then replaced by the 155, 159 and the Giulia.