Australian Police May Replace Holden Commodore SS Cop Cars with Chrysler 300 SRTs
The Chrysler packs 469 horsepower, and is the most powerful car to go into the New South Wales Police Force.
Some of you may remember that the Holden Commodore SS died along with the Chevy SS this year, subsequently leaving the NSW Police Force without a rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan. The Highway Patrol Unit has historically used V8 sedans to effectively police Australia's highways, and they have been desperately looking for a replacement.
As the Commodore SSs begin to age, the New South Wales Police Force will need to replace them—and rumor has it they have found their replacement. Unfortunately, the Chrysler 300 SRT stopped being sold in the U.S. back in 2015, but the V8 RWD sedan is still being sold Down Under. The powerful sedan used the honking 392 cubic inch (a.ka. 6.4-liter) V8 found in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Scat Packs, among other SRT models. Similar to its U.S. brothers, the Chrysler 300 SRT makes 469 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque, and launches to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
It is unclear whether or not FCA is bolstering the suspension, wheels and alternator like other FCA Law Enforcement Division vehicles, but we imagine NSW Police will appropriately upfit each vehicle to serve a long and hardworking life as a highway patrol unit if they do indeed adopt the 300. It would be interesting to see if Chrysler is selling the 300 SRT under government bid, as SRT products do not qualify as fleet vehicles in the U.S. market. Whatever the case may be, the 300 SRT is a welcomed addition to the NSW Police Force and also the most powerful vehicle they have ever utilized.
The NSW Police currently only have one Chrysler 300 SRT in the fleet, and it is currently in service as a public relations vehicle. However, expect to see more on the highways over the next year if the rumors are true.