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This Mercedes is Now Australia’s Fastest Police Car

Posted on: March 29, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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The $200,000 Mercedes GLE63 AMG SUV coupé – that can earn itself a speeding ticket in an astonishing 4.2 seconds – was just delivered to Victoria Police.

Victorian criminals better get on their bikes! The most powerful (and most expensive) police car ever to catch Aussie crooks is patrolling Victorian streets.

The Mercedes, propelled by its hardcore twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8, is faster than any other active police vehicle on the road – including the classic Holden Commodore and the mighty Ford Falcon.

Avid readers of our blog will remember the blog post we ran last year on the McLarens, Aston Martins and fine-tuned Falcons used by the New South Wales police force. Although faster and more powerful than the Mercedes, those cars were used in a purely promotional capacity to raise awareness of the NSW force – because, let’s be honest, what’s more head-turning than a bright yellow McLaren, sirens blazing.

The McLaren was far too valuable to be used for any real police work, but the Mercedes will function entirely as a highway patrol vehicle, and will be used by Victoria Police to chase down offenders in hot pursuits.

On our last post about expensive police cars, many Aussie readers were up in arms over taxpayer money being wasted on big-money publicity stunts.

But this time you can put your arms down, fellow Australians – this car won’t cost the taxpayers at all.

Recently, police forces across the country are looking for replacements to the trusty Commodores and Falcons that have kept our streets safe for so long, and they are struggling to find a car that holds up to the same standards. The current vehicles cost the force around $45,000 each – including government discounts, but can outstrip most standard cars on the roads.

Hearing their cry for help, Mercedes-Benz graciously stepped in to offer the AMG on a 12-month loan – free of charge.

Despite their generous offering (or shameless publicity stunt), it is unlikely that our force will be cruising around in pimped-out Mercs in the foreseeable future due to costing a good $155,000 more than the current vehicles.

However, the 12-month trial will be used as a performance benchmark to measure other contenders against. The bookie’s choice for the replacement pursuit car is the simple but effective Toyota Camry – although it just doesn’t have the brunt of the Ford or Holden.

Other vehicles on the shortlist are the Chrysler 300C SRT, Subaru WRX or the mighty Ford Mustang. In fact, a Ford Mustang has already been spotted wearing the colours of the NSW police – but it has yet to be announced.

In comparatively entirely underwhelming news, Queensland police is trialling several new Volvos, but no one has cared enough to report which model.

Despite most people focusing on the fiery nature of the Mercedes, Doug Fryer, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, says it will be used to promote in-car safety features. He explained that safety should be a top priority when buying a new car.

“Death and serious injuries on Victorian roads could be reduced by a third overnight if everyone was driving the safest cars they can afford,” he continued.

If you work for Victoria Police and are looking to get a great deal on your next fleet of Mercedes, or maybe you just want to make sure you are buying the safest car you can afford – make sure you get the best finance rates available with Platinum Direct Finance

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