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Lexus GS 450h & RX 450h join NSW Police force

The NSW Police force has been given two ‘high-vis’ hybrid vehicles – a GS 450h and RX 450h – which will be used to patrol south regions for the Road Safe and Snow Safe campaigns.

NSW Police Lexus GS 450h and RX 450h

Just in time for the ski season, the two cars will be put to service from the Royal National Park just outside Sydney, and will be used right down to the snowy mountains in southern NSW.

The cars won’t necessarily be used to chase down criminals, instead, they will help engage with communities through roadside campaigns, attending sporting and community events and motorsport events. Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia chief executive, said,

“Lexus’ involvement with NSW Police will assist in their efforts to engage with the community, while also highlighting the flexibility and diversity of the Lexus hybrid vehicle range.”

Lexus GS and RX 450h police cars

The GS 450h comes with a V6 hybrid powertrain producing 254kW. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. Meanwhile the RX 450h SUV uses a similar setup with an overall output of 220kW. Both models have an average consumption rate of just 6.3L/100km.

Inspector Jim Fryday from NSW Police Force’s Southern Region spoke about the two cars and their duties, saying,

“Road safety remains one of the top priorities for police, and unique cars like a Lexus are a great way to engage with the community and discuss safe driver behaviour.

“One of the hybrids will be our ‘Snow Safe’ community car throughout the ski season – it will be highly visible and remind motorists to slow down, check for hazards and arrive safe.

“The other hybrid will be used at sporting events, including NRL and NBL games in the Illawarra, V8 Supercars at Bathurst and Sydney, and community events throughout southern NSW.”

Work will begin for the two vehicles on the June long weekend, starting June 8.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.