Here in the U.S., police generally make do with high-volume, low-tech fleet vehicles like the long-lived Ford Crown Victoria or the more recent Chevrolet Impala or Dodge Charger - all perfectly capable of the job, but not particularly luxurious or sporting. In the UK, however, things are apparently quite different. Jaguar has just unveiled a Police pursuit variant of the XF, and it's shopping the car to forces across the Kingdom.
Based on the standard 2010 Jaguar XF Diesel S model, which isn't sold in the U.S., the Police pursuit XF gets the usual police-car package - flashing LED lights, paintwork, upgraded 'police pack' electronics - while keeping the standard 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine rated at 271 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
"Police forces are looking for vehicles that represent value for money, have good environmental credentials and deliver the power and performance required of a pursuit vehicle," said Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director for Jaguar Cars.
The Police-spec Jaguar XF manages a thrifty 35 mpg (U.S.) and carbon emissions of 179 g per kilometer - not too bad by any standards. But it's also got to be quick to keep up with the likes of Jason Statham's on-screen alter-egos.
"We hope that with this amount of torque on tap – and a 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds, we will meet and exceed the exacting standards of any Police Officer driving this car," said Cousins.
Retail pricing in the UK starts at £36,900 ($58,925) for the Jaguar XF Diesel S, but the pricing of the Police model is still a secret. Here in the U.S., where only V-8 versions of the 2010 Jaguar XF are available, the car starts at $49,975.