Australian police departments was almost exclusively made up of Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons, but since local production of those two models ended, police have been searching for suitable replacements. So, Australia’s Northern Territory force have just welcomed the Kia Stinger in their fleet.
The North Territory joins the states of Queensland and Western Australia to elect for Kia&rsquo. The Stinger begins at $49,990 locally plus expenses and will act as a replacement to the Commodore SS models previously employed by the highway patrol fleet.
Speaking with News, Northern Territory police commander Matt Hollamby said the Stinger passed trials in the outback and managed to operate at fairly high speeds “in temperatures of 45 degrees (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in the colour without missing a beat. ”
Powering the Stinger is a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that delivers 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque. The car comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can sprint to 62 miles (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 167 mph (269 km/h).
The Northern Territory Police shared an image of its new Stingers on Facebook, one of which had a license plate reading ‘WATCHNU. ’ As the Gatton Star reports, some commenters didn’t believe it was funny, with one posting “They’re still just ‘watchn’ us never ‘servn’ or ‘protectn. ’” Locals may not like the license plate, but they’ll be looking out for police-marked Stingers as they go into service.
Not all Australian states are replacing their pursuit vehicles with Stingers, though. In Victoria, for instance, police opted for the BMW 530d, which costs as the Stinger. In New South Wales, authorities use a mix of BMW 530ds and Chrysler 300 SRTs.
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