On loan to the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command (LAC), the V8-powered Audi RS4 wagon will serve as an interest-generating promotional tool in the force’s work with community and youth engagement programs.
“Our use of the RS4 will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation,” Lake Illawarra LAC Commander, Superintendent Wayne Starling said.
“A community that is engaged with Police will better understand what the force does and why.”
As with its consumer-focused cousins, the force’s new Audi RS4 Avant is powered by a 4.2-litre FSI V8, delivering 331kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
Matched to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic, Audi’s RS4 promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds.
But, apart from some potential community engagement time at the nearest drag strip, don’t expect police to test this hot wagon’s capabilities: high-speed pursuits will be strictly off the menu.
The temporary adoption of an RS4 into the NSW Police fleet forms the latest in a series of vehicle-focused community engagement campaigns, with past specials including a Porsche 911 and Panamera, Lotus Exige, a fleet of HSV ClubSport R8s and an FPV GT sedan.
Australia’s law enforcement departments will soon need to consider replacements for its existing fleets, which are largely focused on Australian-built offerings.
But, with the Australian automotive manufacturing industry winding down over the coming years, police fleets - which include patrol, pursuit, response and transport vehicles - will move to an import arrangement.
Of course, even with a high-volume government purchase deal free of luxury car tax requirements, we wouldn’t expect to see the premium RS4 find a permanent place on the roster.
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