Po­lice win­ning with new op­tions

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

BMW is ready to put its best foot for­ward with its soon-tobe-re­leased 5 Se­ries sedan set to join the con­sid­er­a­tion set of pos­si­ble re­place­ments for Ford Fal­con and Holden Com­modore pur­suit ve­hi­cles with po­lice forces around the coun­try.

Train­ing and op­er­a­tional pro­to­cols for high­way pa­trol groups in most Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries are based on the use of high-per­for­mance, rear­wheel-drive sedans and, with Fal­con pro­duc­tion now fin­ished and Holden stop­ping its South Aus­tralian Com­modore line in Oc­to­ber, the au­to­mo­tive sharks are cir­cling to pro­vide a suit­able re­place­ment, such as the new BMW 5 Se­ries.

An ideal can­di­date for lawen­force­ment duty is the 250kW/450Nm 540i (above).

Pow­ered by a 3.0-litre twin­scroll tur­bocharged in-line six cylin­der en­gine, the 540i is claimed to ac­cel­er­ate from 0-100km/h in 5.1 sec­onds and reach a (elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited) top speed of 250km/h.

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of lo­cal po­lice sup­ply, BMW Aus­tralia head of prod­uct boss Shawn Tice­hurst

told “BMW has a long his­tory of sup­ply to po­lice or­gan­si­a­tions in the UK and Europe”.

“The 5 Se­ries would be an in­ter­est­ing prospect, espe­cially with our po­lice equip­ment pack­ages avail­able ex-fac­tory.

“Lots of brands are hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tion (with lo­cal po­lice ser­vices) and, in terms of BMW’s in­volve­ment, the good guys should al­ways have a bet­ter car than the bad guys,” Mr Tice­hurst said.

BMW al­ready sup­plies mo­tor­cy­cles to po­lice around Aus­tralia, the main ma­chine in ser­vice be­ing the R1200 RT tourer, plus a hand­ful of thump­ing six-cylin­der K 1600 GTs, typ­i­cally used as un­marked pa­trol bikes.

Fiat Chrysler Aus­tralia is await­ing the fi­nal call from NSW Po­lice Force top brass be­fore push­ing ‘go’ on a large or­der of spe­cially built Chrysler 300 SRTs (above).

NSW po­lice are as­sess­ing their op­tions and the four-door, V8-pow­ered 300 fits the bill in more ways than one.

“Dis­cus­sions are still at an ad­vanced stage,” FCA’s di­rec­tor of sales Ed But­ler told

“We have a great prod­uct; it has the right en­gine and I can see lots of them on the high­way with po­lice stick­ers on them.”

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