Fastest cop car at show and shine

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

COURTESY of Vic­to­ria Po­lice, the Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine Euroa will have on show Aus­tralia’s fastest cop car — a $ 160,000 Mercedes E43 AMG.

Po­lice in Vic­to­ria have taken de­liv­ery of Aus­tralia’s most hi-tech po­lice car.

It’s a first for Vic­to­ria but other states will get a chance to sam­ple the semi­au­tonomous ve­hi­cle over the com­ing months.

It is not just for show – the Mercedes will be on ac­tive duty on lo­cal roads for about three weeks sur­round­ing its Oc­to­ber 1 ap­pear­ance in Euroa.

The E43 is ca­pa­ble of steer­ing itself and au­to­mat­i­cally brak­ing in an emer­gency. Its abil­ity to read the road, mon­i­tor driver fa­tigue and avoid col­li­sions with cars and pedes­tri­ans will be the fo­cus of po­lice.

The mega- Mercedes, dubbed “the Guardian V2” will star in a line-up of ve­hi­cles on show from Vic­to­ria Po­lice, in­clud­ing a num­ber of his­toric po­lice cars such as a Stude­baker and HK Holden, all pre­sented in their orig­i­nal colours and with all equip­ment.

Pow­ered by a twin-tur­bocharged V6, the $ 160,000 Mercedes AMG E43 can reach the speed limit in just 4.6 sec­onds — about the same as a Porsche, and quicker than pre­vi­ous Hold­ens and Fal­cons used as po­lice pur­suit cars!

Un­like other ex­pen­sive and ex­otic cars oc­ca­sion­ally used by po­lice for pub­lic aware­ness cam­paigns — in­clud­ing a Porsche 911 once used by NSW Po­lice — the im­pos­ing Mercedes will be a fully func­tional high­way pa­trol ve­hi­cle used for ev­ery­day po­lice work by Vic­to­ria Po­lice.

The Guardian V2 is pic­tured here with Road Polic­ing Com­mand As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Doug Fryer.

It won’t cost the tax­payer one cent be­cause it is on loan from Mercedes-Benz as part of a 12-month trial.

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