AutoIndustriya.com / Kia Australia Facebook | July 06, 2018 10:28
Australia's finest has chosen the Stinger for 5-0 duties
Very recently, a lot of countries all over the globe have updated their local cop cars. Tochigi Prefecture in Japan picked the Nissan GT-R, the USA has the Ford Explorer, heck, even the Philippines has a fleet of Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Mahindra vehicles for the local police. This time around, the land down under announced Queensland's enforcement weapon of choice: the Kia Stinger.
Speeding and erring drivers best beware, though, as the Stinger is no slouch on the streets. Under the hood rests a potent 3.3-liter biturbo V6 engine. The power plant churns out 365 PS and 510 Nm of torque. How does this translate, then? The new police cars are capable of hitting 0 - 96 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 269 km/h. We know that we do have some well-built street cars on Oz's streets, but this is one car that can't easily be shaken off their rearview mirrors should drivers decide to exercise more than spirited driving.
“The Stinger performed very well in all areas and we had nothing but top reports from all the field officers. The result is a road policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties” said Mike Keating, Assistant Commissioner of the Road Policing Command.
Before the revamp of the police car lineup, highway duties were done with Holden and Ford mobiles. Unfortunately, factories of both brands have already closed down throughout Australia, hence, the need to update and upgrade. According to Australian news outfits, Kia saw this opportunity to become a cop car supplier for Australia.
Something worth noting is that while the numbers of the emplyed cop cars are impressive, buyers might soon be able to purchase a more powerful Stinger from Kia. If that's the case, will the police force update their fleet, too? For now, that's another question for another time.