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The su­per­charged GTS earns its stripes as the most pow­er­ful cop car

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PO­LICE in Dubai have Lam­borgh­i­nis, Fer­raris, As­ton Martins and Porsches — but NSW high­way pa­trol has a home-grown chaser.

The long arm of the law has a new weapon against high-speed crim­i­nals, and it just hap­pens to be the fastest and most pow­er­ful car ever made in Aus­tralia.

NSW Po­lice have just taken de­liv­ery of a brand-new HSV GTS. Pow­ered by a su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 it can reach the speed limit in just 4.3 sec­onds.

The one-off project funded by the NSW Cen­tre for Road Safety joins the su­per­charged Ford Fal­con GT (funded by the Mo­tor Ac­ci­dents Au­thor­ity) that joined the po­lice fleet last year.

The HSV GTS won’t be used for reg­u­lar high­way pa­trol du­ties, in­stead it will join the arch ri­val Ford at re­gional shows and en­thu­si­ast events around the state to drive home the road safety mes­sage.

“This car is a con­ver­sa­tion starter,” says traf­fic ser­vices su­per­in­ten­dent Stuart Smith.

“Whether you’re a young hoon or just cu­ri­ous, this car is an op­por­tu­nity for of­fices to en­gage with the pub­lic and ed­u­cate them about road safety.”

The $100,000 HSV GTS has about $20,000 worth of per­for­mance up­grades, lift­ing power from the stan­dard 430kW out­put to nearly 500kW, more than a V8 Su­per­car.

“It’s de­signed to show­case our best po­lice tech­nol­ogy and also get peo­ple talk­ing,” Smith says.

If mo­torists don’t see the po­lice GTS in their mir­rors, they still have plenty to fear.

Al­most ev­ery po­lice car now has on­board video cam­eras (front and rear), as well as roof­mounted cam­eras that in mil­lisec­onds can read the li­cence plates of cars trav­el­ling in ei­ther di­rec­tion.

The read­ers can de­tect stolen or un­reg­is­tered cars, and wanted crim­i­nals.

This equip­ment is in ad­di­tion to the mo­bile radar and drug and al­co­hol test­ing de­vices — and even road spikes in the boot to stop flee­ing driv­ers in their tracks.

With the suite of com­puter and ra­dio as­sis­tance, the mod­ern po­lice car is al­most a mo­bile po­lice sta­tion. In that vein, the HSV GTS will be do­ing “high vis­i­bil­ity” po­lice work be­fore and dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

You have been warned.

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