There are police cars and there are police cars, and then there's the new police car being used by the Polizia Stradale of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in southern Italy.
A Gallardo capable of 305 kmh has been given to the Italian State Police by Automobil Lamborghini SpA. It's the first time one of the luxury sportscars from the Italian car maker will be used by the Italian police.
The car will be ''liveried'' in the blue and white colors of the state police and comes with a siren and a set of flashing lights on the roof.
The Gallardo police car will be used by the traffic police during emergency situations and is equipped with apparatus to transmit and receive information and images in critical situations such as road traffic accidents, fires and other disaster situations.
It will also be fitted with the Italian police's Provida system which records traffic violations and sends images in real-time, and has a direct connection to the police database as well as the Elsag Autodetector system for number plate recognition.
In addition, the Gallardo is equipped with first aid equipment including defibrillator apparatus with the capability to perform electrocardiograms, and automatic diagnosis of arterial pressure and the presence of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
The car will also be used for the transportation of plasma and human organs for transplant.
The police's use of their Lamborghini Gallardo won't be limited to fair-weather driving, since the Gallardo has permanent four-wheel drive and during the winter will also sport special Sottozero snow tires developed by Pirelli for Lamborghini.