Queensland Australia is replacing their old police cruisers with Kia Stingers.
The Land Down Under has a problem: the factories that made their old police cars have all shut down. That means the quirky, Australia-only cars that made up the backbone of most states’ police forces--the Holden Commodore and the Ford Falcon--can’t be replaced.
Queensland needed to find a new car to replace old and failing police cruisers, and they picked the absolute perfect sedan for the job: the Kia Stinger GT.
Kia has been actively soliciting police forces to use the stinger as patrol cars, having since discovered the lucrative opportunity that state and provincial police forces represent. Queensland police evaluated a number of different cars as potential replacements, but according to News.com.au, found that the Stinger outperformed all of them.
“The Stinger performed very well in all areas and we had nothing but top reports from all the field officers,” said Mike Keating, Assistant Commissioner of the Road Policing Command. “The result is a road policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties.”
The selected Stinger was the GT model, which comes with a 3.3-L twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. It also has AWD and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Catching speeding criminals won’t be a problem for the Stinger GT, which can go from zero to sixty in just 4.9 seconds. Quarter mile times vary, but most fall in and around 13 seconds.
Queensland’s Stingers are all outfitted with the standard assortment of police goodies, including sirens, red and blue lights, laptop trays in the front passenger seat, and a rear seat that’s been converted to house perps. Since it’s a fastback, the headroom in the back of the Stinger isn’t the greatest, but nobody said that criminals needed to be comfortable in the back of a police cruiser.
Fifty Stinger GTs will hit Queensland roads starting this week, with the expectation that the car will eventually replace their entire fleet. About 150 more Stingers are on order for the Australian state which will be delivered over the coming year.