James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (Image courtesy of USAToday.com).

James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (Image courtesy of USAToday.com).

Actor James Best passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Best is probably known most for his role as the hapless Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard series. Coltrane’s utter confusion, inability to drive, and inferior automobile (a Dodge Monaco) helped make the General Lee a legend. It was Rosco–played masterfully by Best–who helped elevate the 1969 Dodge Charger from a great muscle car to an American cultural icon.

Still, there was something about Rosco P. Coltrane that we (and even the Dukes) loved. He was the lovable loser. As such, we’d like to think he’s in a better place–a place with better police cars to help him track down the Dukes just once.

So, in honor of James Best, here are the 10 fastest police cars in the world, as compiled by the website CheatSheet.com. They are the 10 cars we hope Rosco P. Coltrane meets in heaven. “I love it, I love it!”

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10. Lexus IS-F (United Kingdom): 168 mph top speed and 416 horsepower.

9. Ariel Atom (United Kingdom): 168 mile-per-hour top speed; 2.5-second 0-60 time.

8. Spyker C8 Spyder (Netherlands): 186 mile-per-hour top speed; 0-60 miles-per-hour in 4.5 seconds.

7. Audi R8 GTR (Germany): 202 miles-per-hour top speed and 620 horsepower.

6. Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (Italy): 203 mile-per-hour top speed and 560 horsepower.

5. Ferrari FF (UAE): 208 mile-per-hour top speed; 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.

4. Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (UAE): 217 mile-per-hour top speed; 0-60 in 2.9 seconds.

3. Aston Martin One-77 (UAE): 220 mile-per-hour top speed; 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

2. Brabus Rocket (Germany): 225 mile-per-hour top speed: 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.

1. Bugatti Veryron (UAE): 268 mile-per-hour top speed; 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.