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Check out VicPol’s new 460kW pursuit car

By Alex Rae, 15 Jul 2019 News

Check out VicPol’s new 460kW pursuit car

You’ll need something supercar-quick to outrun the plod’s new toy

Victoria Police has a shiny new toy to play with for the next 12 months, one that’s capable of hitting a barnstorming 305km/h top speed. 

Revealing images of its new BMW M5 Competition Highway Patrol car, Victoria Police will be using the high-powered sedan for the next year, joining the 530d fleet that’s already in operation.

The force’s newest recruit is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system, though its real trick lives underneath the bonnet, which makes the M5 Comp the most powerful vehicle in the police force. Motivated by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, the M5 produces a meaty 460kW of power and tyre shredding 750Nm – not that the police condone that sort of behaviour. 

Read: BMW M5 Competition performance review

As an indication of the sort of acceleration you’d need to beat the cops at the traffic-light grand prix (again, not that the boys in blue would be up for it), the M5 Competition reaches 100km/h from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds. Great stuff if you’ve just graduated from the police academy.

BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah, said that it is just another stage of the relationship between the police and BMW Australia.

“Since co-operating in the deployment of BMW 5 Series patrol vehicles in 2018, BMW Group Australia has enjoyed working closely with Victoria Police,” said Pawah.

“Our 530ds have impressed the force with their combination of performance, comfort, dynamics and efficiency. With our Condition-Based Servicing model, these vehicles offer strong lifecycle value for Victoria Police.

“Now with the incredible BMW M5 Competition entering Victoria Police service, the performance level has jumped up the scale. When combined with the safety of the xDrive four-wheel drive system, the M5’s all-round ability aspects makes it a natural fit for dynamic police duties.”​