Unfortunately, the Polizei-spec BMW i8 you see here isn’t going into active service with Germany’s finest. It’s the work of tuner AC Schnitzer, and rather than pursuing baddies down the Autobahn, its purpose is to promote a national campaign that combats illegal and unsafe tuning.
Under the colorful Polizei wrap is an i8 augmented with some subtle mods. The 20mm lower suspension and lightweight alloy wheels supposedly give better handling. The carbon-fiber splitter, spoiler, and trim pieces might give a tiny aero benefit, but we suspect they’re more for show than anything else. Meanwhile, the interior gets aluminum shift paddles, pedals, and an iDrive controller.
No word on power, so we’re assuming the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbo engine and electric motors haven’t been touched. No matter—the Polizei i8 should still be capable of 0-100kph in a respectable 4.4sec and 249kph, even with the aero-compromising light bar.
Fun as this is, would the i8 even make a good police car? Not sure on that one. The doors aren’t practical, it’s not quite fast enough for Autobahn pursuits, and there isn’t much space inside for all the kit. An M5, however...
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.