Victoria Police has today unveiled the latest vehicle to enter its fleet, the muscly and brand-new Mercedes AMG GLE63.
The $198,900 machine was brought on to do the rounds primarily for promotional purposes, but Victorian drivers may also see lights in their rear-view mirror, with the menacing Mercedes also set for service as an operational highway patrol vehicle.
No doubt anticipating a backlash, Victoria Police has also confirmed that the car is on loan from Mercedes for 12 months at no cost to the taxpayer.
With its threatening stance and striking livery, the blue-and-yellow liveried GLE63 won’t fail to turn heads wherever it goes.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer says the vehicle is part of Victoria Police’s broader campaign to create safer roads, emphasising the importance of having the safest car you could possibly buy.
“Death and serious injuries on Victorian roads could be reduced by a third overnight if everyone was driving the safest cars they can afford,” Fryer said.
“Safety should never be an optional extra and the car industry has a corporate responsibility to make safety technology standard in all new cars.”
Sporting a 5.5-litre turbocharged V8, churning out 430kW of power and 760Nm of torque, making it one of the fastest cars on Victorian Roads.
Another highway patrol mainstay, the 6.2L V8 Holden Commodore SS-V, can be considered comparatively thrifty at around 16L/100km under spirited driving.
So, while the GLE may be on loan at no cost to the taxpayer, its fuel bill as a highway pursuit vehicle could soon add up. A Victoria Police spokesperson today could offer no specific comment on how fuel costs factor into operational decisions.
The patrol car will be on show at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, before accompanying Victoria Police to a number of other promotional events over the next 12 months.