The Car Models Used by the Australian Police
Across Australia, you will find that police cars are easily recognised by their unified white paint and being designed with blue and white checkered accents. We have grown up with seeing police patrol vehicles in the form of Ford Falcons, Toyota Camrys and Holden Commodores. However, with the changing atmosphere of bringing production of these vehicles in Australia to halt, the police commissioners have looked at different car models such as the BMW 530d and Chrysler SRT8. If you’d like to learn more about some of the car models used by the Australian police, read on.
The Holden Commodore is classified as a medium to large sedan and has been actively manufactured since 1978. Growing up, it is likely that there was a Commodore close-by, whether your parents had one, or one of your neighbours. Sadly, by the end of 2017, local manufacturing of the iconic model was halted. From 2018, the Commodore will be imported from Opel, General Motor’s European division. With an ANCAP safety of 5 stars, and Commodore’s long history with serving the Australian police force, the Commodore proves to be a viable option to patrol and safeguard civilians.
South Australia will be using the Euro-built 2018 Commodore and will have more than 100 new Commodores introduced over the next 24 months. The SA Police Commodore will be based on the Commodore RS all-wheel design and will be fitted with a 3.6-litre V6 engine.
Since 1982, the Toyota Camry has been welcomed into garages and car spaces around the globe. The original Toyota Camry had a narrowed body, but as the model has developed with time, the Camry went from being a compact sized vehicle to attaining a mid-size classification. While the Toyota Aurion V6 has previously been used by highway patrol in some states, the latest V6 Camry is fitted with a 3.5-litre 244kW engine and has immense potential to be a strong contender to replace current highway patrol fixtures across Australia.
The Ford Falcon GT has been noted as being one of the most powerful highway patrol cars to have ever been deployed in Australia. The 2014 Falcon GT-F increased the standard GT output of 351kW to 600kW and possesses an incredible 5.0-litre V8 engine. Since Australian production of the Ford Falcon has ended you might be able to find some ex-highway Falcons at auctions across each state.
For more than 50 years, the police have employed Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores as their top choice vehicle for highway patrols. However, with the shutdown of the local manufacturing of these vehicles, police authorities have been in the process of assessing two replacement highway patrol car models, the BMW 530d and the Chrysler 300 SRT8. While the police versions of these vehicles have been stripped of their luxuries to be fitted with extra safety features – such as enhanced braking systems – it has been reported that each of these police-modified vehicles will cost about half of the car model’s original sale price of $120,000.
In Europe and across areas in the United Kingdom, the BMW 5-Series is the car model of choice by the police. When cruising, the BMW utilises less fuel than a Toyota Camry Hybrid. With an estimated fuel consumption average of 5.1/L 100km, the BMW consumes less than half of what a Holden Commodore V8 uses (12.6L / 100km). The BMW 530d has a retail price of $120,000 with an almighty six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. These cars can accelerate from 1 to 100km in only 5.7 seconds.
Chrysler 300 SRT8
Chrysler SRT8 is used by police officers in the United States. Based on Chrysler’s suggested retail guide, the retail price of a Chrysler 300 SRT8 is about $65,000. The 2018 model features a 6.4-litre V8 engine that can go from 0 to 100km in only 5 seconds!