Volvo Cars have a long history in coming up with police cars for its home country that dates back to 1929. Over the years, vehicles such as the Amazon and 144 have also dressed up in the specific livery, and more recently, the XC70 and V70 estates served under local law enforcement agencies.
This tradition is continued by the all-new V90, which was unveiled earlier this year. For its new role, Volvo’s estate has had its chassis has been tweaked with updated suspension and brakes, and it carries all the necessary tools and communication equipment, following roughly a week of transformation at the special manufacturing facility in Torslanda, Sweden.
The first batch of cars have been already put through their paces in a test that focuses on five key areas that include braking, high-speed emergency driving, obstacle course and evasive action tests with and without braking, scoring 9.2 out of 10, which is “the highest rating ever achieved by any car in this demanding test“, as Volvo is quick to point out.
“Overall, it is difficult to find any faults at all. Chassis, steering, suspension, traction control, and powertrain all show exemplary performance. Quick lane changes at high speeds feel almost deceptively easy, the car does what it is told to do and shakes off lateral forces without any protest“, the final test protocol conducted by the Swedish police concludes.
Deliveries of the first Volvo V90 police cars will begin early next year, and the executive estate will be made available to other interested police forces around the globe as well.