The Holden Commodore has been the icon of the Australian police force for quite some time. However, it was due for replacement as maintenance costs were beginning to rise. Here is a list of ten vehicles that have replaced the Commodore or have been used as one-off police cars in the present or the past.
10. Kia Stinger GT
With 365hp from a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6, the Stinger GT packs adequate punch and accelerates to 62mph in an impressive 4.9 seconds. Like the Commodore it’s replacing, the Stinger is practical enough to install police equipment. However, it’s notably cheaper to run as it’s more reliable and lighter on the fuel.
9. BMW 530d M Sport
Under the bonnet is a 3.0L turbo-diesel that produces 261hp and an impressive 620Nm of torque. It’s able to accelerate to 62mph in a respectable 5.7 seconds whilst preserving fuel economy at an efficient 4.7L/100km (combined). The decreased fuel and maintenance costs should make this worthy successor to the Commodore in the long run.
8. Tesla Model X Long Range
This all-electric SUV accelerates to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and has a claimed range of 575km. Like almost any other police cruiser, it has integrated equipment such as license plate scanners and sirens. This was a one-off purchase by the Victorian government and it’s not a promotional vehicle, but rather a solid member of the Australian Police Force.
7. Chrysler 300 SRT Core
A 6.4L HEMI V8 produces 469hp that allows this American muscle car to accelerate to 62mph in around 4.5 seconds. Chrysler is not exactly a byword for reliability and the SRT Core achieves an abysmal 13L/100km, raising the question if it was a wise idea to select this to replace the Commodore.
6. Honda Civic Type R
This vehicle was kindly provided by Honda and did not use tax dollars. It produces 306hp and up to 400Nm of torque from a turbocharged 2.0L four-banger. This is one of the last cars you’d expect to see wearing the police livery but it’s an interesting sight. This was a promotional vehicle for 12 months.
5. Audi RS4 Avant
The 4.2L V8 sends 444hp and 430Nm of torque to all four wheels, which allows the RS4 to accelerate to 62mph in 4.7 seconds. The vehicle was on loan from Audi Australia to Lake Illawarra LAC for a period of 12 months. The estate body allows for plenty of practicality and police equipment storage.
4. Audi S7
The RS7 uses a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 450hp, allowing it to hit 62mph in 4.7 seconds. This vehicle was temporarily loaned to the NSW Police Force by Audi Australia. It’s sleek, practical and quite cool; not exactly subtle though with that glorious exhaust note.
3. BMW i8
The vehicle was temporarily obtained through BMW without the use of tax dollars and it was part of the Rose Bay Local Area Command’s community engagement program. The economical 1.5L turbocharged 3 cylinder and its hybrid system produce a combined 369hp, allowing the i8 to accelerate to 62mph in 4.8 seconds.
2. Bentley Continental GT
This vehicle was loaned by Trivett Bespoke and was donated to be used by the NSW Police Force over the 2014 Bathurst 1000. The 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 produces 582hp, allowing this leather-lined coupe to reach to 62mph in an impressive 4.5 seconds.
1. McLaren 650S
The 650S was also loaned by Trivett Bespoke for the same reason. It uses a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 641hp, accelerating to 62mph in 3.0 seconds. Together, the Bentley and McLaren have certainly improved community engagement between society and the NSW Police Force.
Aston Martin Vanquish, Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche Panamera, HSV GTS and the Lexus RC F.