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Picture a police car. Do you see a Crown Victoria in black and white? If you do, chances are you’re American. You probably also haven’t quite adjusted to the variety of cars that have been gradually introduced to police fleets across the country. It’s not uncommon now to see a Chevy Tahoe or Dodge Charger with its sirens on, speeding down the freeway.
Whatever the make or model, police vehicles in the U.S. are designed to be reliable and plain. It would be extremely odd to see someone getting pulled over by an officer in a black and white Tesla. And yet, for our friends down under, this is a fairly common occurrence.
What are some of the brands of Australian police cars?
According to DriveTribe, there’s a wild list of cars that have been painted with Australia’s signature blue and white chessboard gradient.
It appears that speed and acceleration are key factors in the selection process, with a nod to fuel efficiency as well. Standouts include the BMW 530D M Sport, Tesla Model X Long Range, Audi RS4 Avant, Audi S7, and BMW I8. This impressive group of cars was used in part to contribute to “community engagement,” as reported by DriveTribe.
The pièces de résistance: a Bentley Continental GT and McLaren 650S. Before you fall out of your chair, these were loaned to the New South Wales police force for use in a race called the Bathurst 1000. The Bentley accelerates to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and the McLaren in 3.
What are the police force’s go-to cars?
Rest assured that the Australian police force doesn’t just whip around the countryside in brand new Bentleys. The original Australian police car, the Holden Commodore, was replaced by the BMW 530D and Chrysler 300 SRT.
According to Chasing Cars, these were chosen for high safety ratings, advanced technology, and a less expensive maintenance schedule. It’s likely that the NSW police force got these cars at a significant discount as well, thanks in part to stripping away excess luxury features.
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