Police winning with new options
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.”