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Our pick: Top 11 cars for Australian police to consider

PREPARE for an onslaught of all manner of car brands being coated in police livery in coming months.

Manufacturers are currently courting Australian police forces, trying to score lucrative contracts to provide law enforcement vehicles now the traditional Aussie-built Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore pursuit cars are to be phased out.  

The police are currently testing suitability of a number of vehicles, with the subject hitting the news this week after it was reported a new Ford Mustang overheated after just three minutes of intensive testing by the New South Wales police.  

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Lexus is the latest to throw its hat in with a 5.0-litre V8-powered RC F coupe provided to NSW Police, emphasising the car will be used for "community engagement activities", a similar reason given by the force when accepting a $208,000 Porsche 911 Carrera, $198,000 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe and $170,000 Audi RS 4 Avant on loan.

No doubt all make superb pursuit vehicles, and such vehicles' safety features and well-appointed cabins are welcome inclusions too. To assist police with their enquiries, here's our list of potential cop cars for their consideration:  

1. Lexus RC F Coupe

Lexus RC F coupe on trial with the NSW Police Force. Photo: Contributed.
Lexus RC F coupe on trial with the NSW Police Force. Photo: Contributed.

Positives: 351kW V8 performance, Brembo brake package, sounds excellent.

Negatives: Coupes not the easiest to sling offenders in the back, cocky crims may start mocking your Lexus as merely an upmarket Toyota.   

2. Chrysler 300 SRT 

2015 Chrysler 300 SRT. Photo: Contributed
2015 Chrysler 300 SRT. Photo: Contributed

Positives: Brutal acceleration, good value, plenty of rear space, solidarity with 300 SRT-driving gangsters.

Negatives: Really thirsty, 300 SRT-driving gangsters may liberate police examples of spare parts.  

3. VW Golf R

RAPID RESPONSE: VW Golf R would make an assured all-wheel-drive police car.
RAPID RESPONSE: VW Golf R would make an assured all-wheel-drive police car.

Positives: All-wheel-drive safety, near unbeatable for back road pursuits, lovely exhaust note.

Negatives: Bit small, criminals may bring up VW's naughty emissions indiscretions.  

4. Skoda Superb 206TSI Wagon

SENSIBLE CHOICE: Skoda Superb Wagon good enough for the UK police.
SENSIBLE CHOICE: Skoda Superb Wagon good enough for the UK police. Joel Chant/ UNP 0845 600 7737

Positives: Acres of space, bargain price, fuel economy, not too showy.

Negatives: 0-100kmh in 5.8 seconds may not cut it, rear space so vast criminals may find places to hide.  

5. Audi RS4 Avant

NSW Police's Audi RS 4 Avant. Photo: Contributed
NSW Police's Audi RS 4 Avant. Photo: Contributed

Positives: Not much will outrun it, stunning cabin should calm the most irate of criminals, go the Valcona leather design package ($12,700) and officers will gladly volunteer for the night shift.

Negatives: Costs $170,000, replacing ceramic brakes is $13,500, electric tailgate may be a bit slow to raise if you need traffic cones out in a hurry.  

6. Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

ACT Police's trial Volvo S60 T6 R-Design all-wheel drive sedan. Photo: Contributed.
ACT Police's trial Volvo S60 T6 R-Design all-wheel drive sedan. Photo: Contributed.

Positives: Advanced safety features, all-wheel-drive, reliability, nicely appointed cabin.

Negatives: Being apprehended by a Volvo while trying to get away in your HSV may be so embarrassing it could be considered police brutality.  

7. Jaguar XF S

Jaguar XF police car as used in the UK. Photo: Contributed.
Jaguar XF police car as used in the UK. Photo: Contributed. Peter Robain

Positives: Assured handling, 0-100kmh in 5.3 seconds, police have the right to apprehend speeders in a British accent.

Negatives: Lingering suspicion BMW's 5 Series would have been better, no wagon option for Australia.  

8. Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Odd choice? Jeep Renegade police car. Photo: Contributed.
Odd choice? Jeep Renegade police car. Photo: Contributed.

Positives: Style winner, good head room, impressive off-road ability, underbody skid plates means no need to slow down for speed bumps.

Negatives: Will get outrun by a VW Polo, firm seats may upset police bottoms during a long shift, no rear air vents a bit harsh on offenders no matter what they've done.  

9. Ford Mustang 5.0 GT

2016 Ford Mustang. Photo: Contributed
2016 Ford Mustang. Photo: Contributed

Positives: Quick, cheap performance, muscle car looks.

Negatives: Long waiting list, poor rear space, thirsty, overheats during police testing apparently.  

10. Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. Photo: Contributed
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. Photo: Contributed

Positives: Cracks 100kmh in 4.2 seconds, latest safety tech, high riding, spacious SUV rocket.

Negatives: $200,000 purchase price hurts, low profile 22-inch tyres won't be cheap to replace, AMG service costs.    

11. Lamborghini Huracan

Italian State Police Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. Photo: Contributed.
Italian State Police Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. Photo: Contributed.

Positives: Quite quick, not many will try to outrun it, kids and dads will love it at police display days, if it's good enough for the Italian police...

Negatives: Possibly not the best use of taxpayers' money, fuel bills, exhaust note not the most subtle when trying to patrol quietly.  



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