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The French Built The Best Police Interceptor Ever

Have you ever seen the car movie Luc Besson made just after The Fifth Element hit the screen? Well, I believe it’s time for Renault to pay for another Taxi sequel, because no Peugeot could deal with the R.S. 01 as a police interceptor.


The original Taxi from 1998 is one of the most entertaining French movies ever made, and the only thing that could turn a white Peugeot 406 into the coolest car this side of a red Mercedes-Benz 500E, the V8 Benz hand-built by Porsche.


In case you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it, but in the meantime, here’s a quick summary:

Obviously, as the years went by, the French police had to step up its game to have a chance against Europe’s fastest taxi. For Taxi 3, they went turbocharged.

Spoiler alert! A Mitsubishi Evo VII didn’t cut it either. And that’s not digital lens flare.

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I’m only bringing this up because while Renaultsport can’t put the R.S. 01 into series production, the bastards just keep teasing us with their mid-engined GT-R racecar.

This time, they put Renault 5 Turbo magician Jean Ragnotti into the driving seat, and all he had to do was catching a biker doing 150mph on the highway. Talk about easy.

The Italian police might have a Huracan in active service, but this Renault is faster than a GT3 car. And if anybody, the officers could get away with the lack of plates...


Photo credit: IMCDB, Renault. Hat tip to Austin!


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The French certainly did built the best Police Interceptor ever, but the question is: which one?