Men’s Style motoring guy Jez Spinks checks out the new wheels of the Italian police force, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.
We’ve become accustomed to arresting-looking Alfas over the decades, but a special version of the Italian brand’s new Giulia luxury-sports sedan takes things quite literally.
Italy’s military police force, the carabinieri, has been presented with two versions of the Giulia QV, the fastest version of the Alfa Romeo due in Australia next year.
The carabinieri – which operates as a secondary enforcement division in addition to the regular polizia – would have little trouble chasing villains through the streets of Milan or Turin with the Giulia QV. It can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.9 thanks to its Ferrari-developed, twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The Giulias are equipped with siren, radio communications, and an Odin surveillance system, which provides officers with access to a database of vehicles and people via a removable Samsung tablet.
And the look is completed with a paint wrap of the carabinieri’s colours, including the force’s red shield and the ‘112’ number Italians can dial to call for help.
The cars, however, are destined to help the carabinieri in their role of providing emergency support when required.
Each vehicle is fitted with a defibrillator, rechargeable LED torches, and portable cooling units for transporting blood and organs.
The cars were presented to the carabinieri by the boss of Alfa-owning FiatChrysler, Sergio Marchionne, and will also serve as ceremonial escort cars.