With Lake Illawarra Local Area Command taking care of the $180,716 Audi S7 Sportback, the $298,955 BMW i8 has been hand-delivered to Rose Bay Local Area Command. Both cars are, of course, on loan from their respective manufacturers.
Intended to increase the force's profile at a range of community and youth engagement events, both the Audi and the BMW are said to be ideal for the role, given the former's "sophisticated design and the sound of its extraordinary twin-turbo V8 engine" and the latter's "high performance, athletic aesthetics, and sensational efficiency".
With the petrol-powered S7 Sportback claiming 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds and the hybrid i8, 4.4 seconds, it’s little wonder the police feel the pair might be handy at attracting some attention.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, the Audi S7 Sportback sends 331kW of power and 550Nm of torque to all four wheels.
Teaming a 170kW/320Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a 96kW/250Nm front axle-driving synchronous electric motor and a 7.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the four-wheel-drive BMW i8 claims combined power and torque outputs of 266kW and 570Nm, respectively. It also claims an impressive 2.1 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption figure, and a 31km pure electric range (with a top speed of 120km/h).
The freshly delivered police-spec S7 Sportback and i8 follow in the footsteps of the New South Wales Police force's Lexus RC F, Audi RS4, and Porsche Panamera, and Victoria Police’s Mercedes-AMG GLE63.
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