Victoria Police to add 80 examples of the diesel BMW 530d to its highway patrol fleet
Victoria Police has found a replacement for its locally-made patrol cars, and that comes in the form of the BMW 530d. Yes, Vic Pol’s new cars will be diesel. Really.
The BMW 530d is powered by a 3.0 litre inline turbo intercooled diesel six-cylinder engine that develops 195kW/620Nm whilst only sipping 5.1 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said that BMW Australia had worked closely with Victoria Police to develop a package that met their needs “BMW has come to the party and worked with us on making sure their cars are as fit for purpose as possible,” AC Fryer said.
“They are the only company to date that has been able to provide a factory fitted ‘police pack’ making the commercial agreement an extremely attractive value for money decision.
“This is a great opportunity, where together with BMW, we can deliver more integrated solutions for policing through technology and innovation while still meeting our performance needs.”
The 80 BMW 530d models joining Victoria police will have a factory fitted “Police Pack” which includes additional wiring and a heavy duty electrical system to support police equipment, and the police cars will forgo some of the luxury goodies fitted to normal 530ds.
The BMW 5 Series has been a police favourite in Europe for years, thanks to its durability, performance and safety.
The new police cars expected to come on duty from late 2018, and BMW has beaten Holden to the tendering race too, but some versions of the new imported Commodore may join the fleet at a later date.
VicPol may also be considering adding the BMW X5 to the fleet if the price is right and cars such as the Chrysler 300 SRT8, the Kia Stinger, the imported Toyota Camry V6 and even the Volkswagen Passat.