BMW 530d highway patrol cars to join Victoria police fleet

September 19, 2017

With the death of the Australian-made Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, police forces around the country are looking for new rides. BMW Australia has teamed up with the Victoria Police to facilitate a fleet of 530d highway patrol cars. It’s like we’re in Germany or something.

The partnership will include a fleet of up to 80 BMW 530d sedans for use in highway patrol by the end of 2018. BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner spoke about the deal in a statement, saying:

“Lauded by media and customers alike for its combination of performance, safety and efficiency, the new BMW 5 Series range is a natural fit for police duty.”

These won’t be any regular 530d vehicles though. Although they are based on the large luxury sedan which, in 530d form, is a relatively high variant, the police vehicles get a unique ‘police pack’ for the interior and exterior. This removes some of the high-end luxury features that would not be suitable for police work.

BMW says the cars are similar to the 5 Series police cars used in Europe (pictured), with lots of technology and high safety standards, and “ample performance” provided by the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. In its civilian spec, the 530d produces 190kW and 560Nm. It’s able to do the 0-100km/h dash in 6.2 seconds, which is about one second off the current Holden Commodore SS. Top speed is limited to 250km/h. In a statement, BMW said:

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“To ensure maximum cost effectiveness, the turbocharged, six-cylinder diesel-powered BMW 530d was selected. It will be presented to Victoria Police in an entry-level specification, eschewing some of the higher-end luxuries found on the regular production model in favour of a factory-fitted ‘police pack’ which prepares the vehicle for heavy-duty operations.”

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.