The long-running saga of what cars would replace the locally built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcons that patrolled NSW roads for decades has been partially resolved, with the NSW Police Force announcing that it will deploy diesel BMW 5 Series sedans, along with Chrysler’s V8-powered 300 SRT Core, from July this year.
“The safety of our police officers and the community they serve is our top priority, and both these vehicles demonstrated the safety levels meeting our requirements,” said NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy.
“Equally as important, the platform of both vehicles supports the state of the art technology that is key to the government’s focus on reducing the incidents of road trauma across New South Wales.”
The 300C has been the subject of much speculation dating back more than 12 months, with importer Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) bidding for the tender on the strength of the large sedan’s V8 engine, big brake package and the company’s ability to spec the 300C to police requirements from the factory.
“We have worked closely with the New South Wales Police to understand their needs and are proud to deliver a vehicle that offers the power and performance to meet the demands of the Highway Patrol Team,” said FCA Australia boss Steve Zanlunghi.
“Globally, FCA has extensive experience in building law enforcement vehicles for a number of countries and we’re delighted to continue this with local authorities here in Australia.”
While this is the first time in decades that a Chrysler-branded vehicle has been used in the police force in Australia, FCA has experience in building law enforcement vehicles globally, with Alfa Romeo and Dodge having been used in Italian and North American fleets respectively.
“After rigorous testing and extensive consultation we’re thrilled to offer a vehicle that combines the perfect blend of performance, handling and state of the art technology for the New South Wales Police in their endeavor to support the community,” said Mr Zanlunghi.
It’s not known how many cars have been leased. An FCA spokesperson confirmed it has to be “substantial and healthy business case” to supply factory-spec police cars, but declined to reveal the number.
The Core boasts a 6.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 that produces 350kW and 637Nm that’s backed by an eight-speed auto, and the car passed the Force’s stringent assessment program with high marks.
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