This marks the first time the Carabinieri has put an off-road vehicle to use. This one is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel four-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission and has been fitted with a Mopar option pack that adds a two-inch suspension lift kit, front steering stabilizer, 17-inch wheels with 32-inch all-terrain tires and molded splash guards.
Then the Carabinieri got its hands on the Wrangler and upfitted it with a flashing light and telescopic siren, machine gun mount, two signalling disc holders (for those lollipop-looking things European cops wave when they want to pull you over) and a portable radio.
All of this is necessary, says the force, to provide a stronger police presence along a 30-km stretch of beach between the towns of Cattolica and Bellaria on which are found some of the most popular summer resort destinations in Europe.
The Wrangler is the second Jeep model Carabinieri has added to its fleet, which already includes the smaller Renegade. And two years ago, the force picked up an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a 505-hp version of that compact sedan the Carabinieri employs for “special missions” such as transporting human organs and blood and performing escort duty at official ceremonies.