Meet the latest addition to Australia’s police force.
Some countries have some truly crazy police cars patrolling the streets. Case in point: the $3.4-million W Motors Lykan HyperSport that recently joined Abu Dhabi's fleet. Lamborghini Huracans are part of the Italian police force, while America has Dodge Charger patrol cars chasing down criminals. And now the BMW M5 Competition is the latest performance car to be converted for police duty.
The super sedan was recently added to Australia's police force in Victoria for highway patrol duty and joins existing 530d police cars. With emergency lights fitted to the roof, air intakes, and license plates, coupled with an obligatory police livery, the M5 Competition looks even more menacing as a cop car - we would quite happily pull over for it.
"With the incredible BMW M5 Competition entering Victoria Police Service, the performance level has jumped up the scale," said BMW Australia CEO Vikram Pawah. "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."
Good luck trying to outrun this beast, because the M5 Competition's blistering performance makes it a very capable cop car to catch criminals with. Thanks to its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 616 horsepower 553 lb-ft of torque, the BMW M5 Competition will hit 0-62 mph in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. This increases to 190 mph with the optional M Driver's Package. All that power is then sent to a rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission, surely making the M5 Competition the fastest police car in Australia.
In Australia, the M5 Competition commands a price of AUD $230,000 – that's $161,365 in US dollars. The Victoria Police haven't paid a cent for it, however, as the super sedan is on loan for the next 12 months. In the US, the BMW M5 Competition will set you back at least $110,000.