Unfortunately, this is not a vehicle that the police will be using anytime soon; it’s just a show car that was created for the “Tune it! Safe!” campaign that takes place every year at the biggest aftermarket motor show in Europe, the Essen Motor Show in Germany. The campaign is run by the Association of German Mobile Automobile Tuners (VDAT).
This year, the model they chose was and Audi R8 GTR which features different equipment from some of the most popular tuning and aftermarket accessories companies. For example, the police lights were supplied by Hella, while the police style stickers come from Foliatec.
As for the exterior styling, it was done by ABT, one of the most important tuning companies in Germany. The styling kit they chose is not too extreme, with a carbon fiber splitter under the front bumper, a modified rear bumper that integrates the two dual exhaust tips and, perhaps the most obvious upgrade, a massive rear spoiler that reminds us of GT racing. But ABT also did a little magic under the bonnet, the V10 engine’s power output being increased by 95 hp to a total of 620 hp. After these upgrades, the Audi R8 GTR “Police Car” by ABT accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).
Also catching attention are the beautiful 19 inch wheels with slim spokes that offer a great view of the massive brake discs and which are equipped with Hankook tires. The South Korean tire company is the main sponsor of the “Tune it! Safe!” campaign and has chosen a set of Ventus S1 EVO tires with 235/35 R 19 specs on the front and 305/30 R 19 at the rear.
Like we said, this model will only remain a tuning exercise and will never go into action as a police car. It’s only purpose is to make tuning enthusiasts aware of the fact that even though tuning is fun, it should be safe, first of all.
The Essen Motor Show opened its gates this weekend and it will stay open until December 4. Each year, the event is attended by around half a million people, making it the largest aftermarket motor show in the world and one of the most popular (if not the most popular) events among aftermarket and tuning enthusiasts.