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505-horse Alfa Romeo squads

by Bill Cawthon on

Specially outfitted Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio police cars are being given to the national Italian police force by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio sedan hits 62 mph in about 3.9 seconds, on its way to a 190-mph top speed.


To make the most of the cars’ capabilities, a small number of Carabinieri (national police) officers will be the only operators, and then only after being trained by Alfa Romeo at the Varano de’ Melegari race track.

While the Alfas should be fast enough to catch most speeders, even in Italy, scofflaws don’t need to get too nervous – yet.


The new Alfas will be split between Rome and Milan, and, despite their high potency and special equipment, will be primarily used for VIP escorts and ceremonial occasions; but their high speed and agility will come into play from time to time, as they will also be used to transport blood and organs for transplants. Each car has a cooling unit to make the transports easier and safer. They also have defibrillators and a fatigue/sleepiness monitor.


As police cars, they also have provisions for radios, weapons (Carabinieri officers have pistols, submachine guns, and rifles), rechargeable LED flashlights, and even the “lollipop.”


Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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