More precisely, the law enforcement officers are getting no less than 80 examples of the BMW 530d flavor, which is a more sensible performance option rather than adopting a singular supercar.
The Australian police fleet has had models such as the Audi RS4 Avant, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe or the Lexus RC F in more recent times, but local authorities from Victoria aren’t looking for a singular performance model. Instead, the Victoria Police will be opting for no less than 80 cars – all of them BMWs in the 530d guise, arriving to join the fleet of the Highway Patrol before the end of the year. It’s interesting to see how the Australian force hasn’t opted for a local product – such as the Holden Commodore (the Opel Insignia/ Buick Regal) – and as per tradition this is not the same 530d anyone can see in the showroom.
Instead, these are entry-level versions, opting out of luxury features in order to lower the costs and instead make room for a factory-fitted “police pack” bringing the additional patrol car equipment. The turbodiesel six-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine with 265 horsepower (195 kilowatts) and a huge 620 Newton-meters (457 pound feet) of torque will make the sedan quite nimble in traffic – hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 5.7 seconds, with the maximum speed limiter kicking in at 155 mph (250 kph) most likely disabled, just in case there’s a high-speed chase on the highway.