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Tochigi police in Japan now have a Nissan GT-R

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In Dubai, cops are stroking their beard and laughing. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

Running from the police in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture has just gotten a whole lot harder after local law enforcement took delivery of a rather special car. The highway patrol unit of this administrative region north of Tokyo now calls a Nissan GT-R its own, complete with police livery, flashing lights and everything else needed to put the fear of Godzilla into fleeing fugitives.

They might need a smaller key to catch the criminals. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

The car was donated by a local businessman and will be used to go after traffic offenders like speeding motorists and tailgaters. It didn’t even have to drive far for its delivery journey, as the factory where Nissan has been making the R35 GT-R since 2007 is literally just down the road. So far, however, the coupe seems to have mostly been used to pose for the cameras.

We wonder what kind of mileage this car will rack up. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

This, of course, isn’t the first time that Nissan has turned one of its performance cars into a police cruiser. Somewhere out there, patrolling the vast highway network that surrounds the megacity of Tokyo, is an R34 Skyline GT-R. This unicorn cop car keeps getting spotted from time to time, with excitedly recorded videos finding their way onto YouTube.

What happens when ‘Initial D’ meets ‘Fast & Furious’. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

For Japanese drivers, it’s probably quite normal to see these beasts out in the wild. After all, the country has a road network where fast cars can really stretch their legs—unlike in these parts of the world, where a GT-R police car would just find itself stuck in EDSA traffic. Maybe that’s why Japan donated 87 units of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport to the Philippines instead. They obviously aren’t as quick, but certainly better equipped for the job at hand.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.