How fast do you have to be to outrun a cop?
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Do you think that Prius driver could've escaped if he wasn't in a Prius? Image from ABC 7 News Los Angeles
Although the chances of a police chase happening to one are very low if you are a law-abiding citizen, the question of “How fast you should be to outrun a cop” has always remained somewhere in my unconsciousness. In this article, I have analyzed how fast you should be in order to outrun a cop. The article only uses a car’s measurable performance figures, meaning the tactics each country uses are not considered.
Our long loved Crown Vic... Image from The Drive
Let’s start with the United States! Thanks to numerous movies and games, a police Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor might seem like an easy car to outrun. However, there are some things you should know. The Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor is equipped with a 4.6L V8, which produces around 250hp and 402Nm of torque at 6000rpm and is capable of reaching 207km/h(129mph). Although the figures are not jaw-dropping, but that is still enough to catch a lot of Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics.
Ecoboost POWEEERRRR!! Image from Ford
As the U.S police force acknowledged the fact that 250hp is not enough to catch a determined driver with a Mustang or a riced Supra, the police force is now equipped with even better vehicles. Among them, the cherry of the pie is definitely the Ford Interceptor Utility. The Ford Interceptor Utility is based on the Ford Explorer and is offered in three trims, 3.3L V6, 3.0L 3.3L V6 hybrid, and a 3.0L Ecoboost. The top range 3.0L Ecoboost V6 produces 400hp at 5500rpm and 563Nm of torque at 3000rpm and is capable of reaching 240km/h(150mph).
Yeah, it's a V8 under the bonnet... Riced Civics can go home! Image from Dodge
Horsepower wise, it seems insufficient to catch up with anything with a HEMI. However, according to a police test result with a Dodge Charger HEMI, the Charger had better early acceleration times, but the Police Interceptor Utility had outpaced the Charger in 0-50, 0-60, and 0-100 times. Furthermore, the Police Interceptor Utility was able to score a better lap time at the test track despite more weight and a higher center of gravity. It is quite astonishing to see that a big, heavy SUV with a V6 managed to perform better than a V8 powered Charger.
However, that does not mean that it is impossible to outrun a cop. Like the viral video in which a Dodge Challenger Hellcat even managed to outrun a helicopter, if you have a performance vehicle, it is highly likely that you will have a higher chance of outrunning a cop. Theoretically speaking, even a base BMW M3 able to outrun a Police Interceptor Utility as it has at least 414hp and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h(155mph), but Youtube footages show stock BMW M3s being able to hit over 280km/h. Other notable vehicles that are able to outrun the cops include the Honda Civic Type R with a top speed of 272km/h(169mph) and the BMW 530i with a top speed of 250km(155mph).
Sir... I thought burnouts were illegal... Image from Namu Wiki Commons
Still, if you are unlucky, there is a chance you might meet a Ford Mustang or a Chevrolet Camaro. Thankfully, most of these muscle cars are being phased out and often are older generations. Therefore, there is still a chance you can outrun them with a German executive saloon.
German estate on the run! Image from Top Gear
Minimum Vehicle to Outrun a Cop: BMW 530i, Mercedes Benz E200
Not only the fact that the new Police Interceptor Utility is fast, strong, and durable, but also aggressive tactics like PIT maneuvers and roadblocks make it hard to outrun in the long term. Furthermore, all vehicles are reinforced to be bulletproof and safe, meaning ramming them will often not work!
BYD? Never heard of that before... Image from Electric Vehicle News
Now, we come to China! There are a lot of police vehicles in China, but the one you’ll probably see behind your rearview mirror in a police chase will be the BYD E6! So, what is even a BYD E6? BYD E6 is an all-electric compact MPV built by BYD in China. It has a 300km range and a 61kWh battery. The car is able to speed up to 160km/h(100mph).
I honestly think a Prius can escape from the grasps of that ugly EV... Image from Wikimedia Commons
So, outrunning a cop in China might be easier than you expected! Of course there are lot of other pursuit vehicles, but most of them are not performance-oriented with a max speed of usually under 200km/h. Theoretically, speaking, you can outrun a BYD E6 with a base Honda Civic! Not only the Civic has a better range, but also it has even more power(174hp) and a higher top speed (190km/h).
A diesel Passat? Eat my dust! Image from Namu Wiki Commons
In some cases, you might be chased by a B5 Passat or a Santana, but still no need to worry. Most Chinese pursuit vehicles do not get performance upgrades and often carry equipment making the car even heavier. As long as you have a decent car and average driving skills, you will be able to easily outrun the cops theoretically. Recent news reveals that Volvo S60s and BMW 520ds are being used, but it is limited only to highly populated urban areas.
Seems familiar... Image from CAR Magazine
Minimum Vehicle: Almost any family car
Although the police pursuit vehicles of China can be easy to outrun, there is something you did not expect. Traffic congestion in China is extreme. So, if you are caught in a traffic jam, your police chase might end up being a ‘police-scale’ game of tag.
A nimble German saloon on your tail! Image from News.com.au
Austalia is a very large piece of land, which means there is a variety of police pursuit vehicles present. In Victoria and New South Wales, the BMW 530d with the M Sport package is the standard highway patrol vehicle. The 530d produces 262hp and 620Nm of torque and is capable of reaching 260km/h (161mph), which is similar to the Police Interceptor Utility from the States. When thinking that the 530d is less heavier and has better handling, it is enough to make for the slightly less horsepower.
British supercars ready to roll... Image from Namuwiki Commons
Furthermore, if you are unlucky, you might meet some monsters owned by the Australian police. For example, the Victorian Highway Patrol utilizes a BMW M5 with 600hp and a top speed of 313km/h(194mph), while the ACT Police utilize undercover M3s, Camaros, and Stinger GTs. Furthermore, a McLaren 650S and a Vanquish Volante are known to be in Victorian Highway Patrol’s inventory. Therefore, if you see a British supercar in your side mirror, your chance of escaping will not be easy.
Catch me if you can... Image from Dodge
In a moderate-case scenario, most AMG, M or RS badged performance cars. or if you are a true Aussie, a V8 Holden UTE will be able to leave the grasp of the diesel BMW. However, if you have some fully-fledged performance vehicles on your tail, you better have something big under your bonnet. In terms of straight-line speed on a highway pursuit, it is best to have more than 600hp on the tap with at least 8 cylinders and a top speed above 290km/h. A relatively cheap runaway car can be a Dodge Charger Hellcat that has 717 American ponies under its bonnet and has a theoretical top speed of 204mph, which leaves most supercars in the dust. The 760hp Shelby GT500 can also be a relatively cheap alternative that can outpace Astons and McLarens too.
The Audi RS4 Avant is a good runaway car with tons of grunt and enough room for loot... Image from GearPatrol
Minimum Vehicle (Moderate conditions): AMG, M, RS, or a V8 Holden
Another American V8 ready to roll... Image from Ford
Minimum Vehicle (Extreme conditions): 600+hp muscle car or a supercar
Although Australia boasts a rather powerful lineup of police pursuit vehicles, it still has an overall difficulty of 4 stars thanks to its rather not-so-aggressive pursuit tactics. Unlike North America, Australian police forces are not allowed to engage with the suspect, meaning you will not have to worry about getting pitted by a police vehicle. Still, if your car is not fast enough, it is highly likely that they can still overtake you and pull you over.
(Ultimate boss music plays) Image from The National
4. UAE (Dubai)
Just don’t involve yourself in a car chase… Just don't...
Need For Speed in real life? Image from Wallpapercave
Minimum Vehicle: Hypercar(Why on earth would you need to be on the run if you already have enough money to buy a Koenigsegg?)
A Brabus appears on your rearview mirror. (Chuckles) I'm in danger! Image from Youtube
At the end of the day...
Okay, chaps. This is 2019. The old days when you could zoom past twice the speed limit without getting caught is gone. Most countries own performance pursuit vehicles that can catch up with sports cars, performance saloons, and even supercars thanks to the great increase in the overall speed of cars itself, but also to the increase of performance vehicles.
3 seconds before vomiting... 3... 2... 1... Image from Youtube
So, the best thing is not to involve yourself in something serious that involves a police chase. And if you somehow get yourself into that misery, just pull over and follow the police officer’s orders. That is not only the sake of the society, but also for you too. Also, you ricers. I am very glad that the police force worldwide has some good cars that can smash the ugly rear ends of your riced JDM cars that you drift around in public roads. Drive safe and follow the rules. Your misbehaviours not only take your life away but innocent others’ too.
Image from Flickr
With great power, comes great responsibility. Same with cars. Having a fast car comes great responsibility and I sincerely hope all DT community members can enjoy the thrill of speed responsibly.