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