Turns Out The Kia Stinger Makes A Good Police Cruiser

Police motor pools tend to favor rear-drive, V8 sedans. But those are a dying breed, at least outside of luxury offerings typically beyond the scope of public budgets. But the Kia Stinger could be the next best thing – or even better, as one police department in Australia has discovered.

The Queensland Police Service is in the midst of rolling out a fleet of Stingers converted for law-enforcement duty, replacing many of its Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons (now that those have been discontinued). We first caught wind of the program back in December. But with evaluations now complete, the Queensland constables are pressing 50 of them into service between now and the end of this year.

“This is a very important day for us,” Commissioner Ian Stewart said. “We needed a special product to do a job for us, and that is what we have here. A wonderful product.”

“It was not a big step at all once we had begun the investigation process,” added Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan. “You often hear Police Ministers talking about providing the best equipment for those at the coal face. In this case I truly believe we have been able to do that.”

Queensland’s new patrol cars are based on the V6 Stinger, which packs a 3.3-liter twin-turbo engine kicking out 365 horsepower (272 kW) to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 time reported at 4.9 seconds. For police duty, they’re being fitted with all manner of extra equipment, from strobe lights and sirens to communication radios.

“This level of public exposure and endorsement from a high profile government utility is something which wouldn’t have been on the radar just a few years ago,” said Kia’s Aussie COO Damien Meredith. “It is just a beginning, but a very important one for us.” Other police departments across Australia are similarly evaluating the Stinger for deployment in their motor pools, along with other models like the Sorento SUV.

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  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Isn’t the Stinger quite expensive and a bit of a luxury offering as well?

    • bd0007

      Other police depts. in Australia are getting the BMW 530d to replace their Commodores.

  • CJKnox

    Sigh……gone are the days where all we had to look for was this light pattern:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84002a9cf02766153190f549315e3319945925679d0aeae79c1d3232e73e4605.png

    • Infinite1

      The Crown Vic were killed off in 2011 and the remnants have been circulating until they’re retired. 2012 versions, which was the last year that Ford built the car was illegale for sale in the US due to lack of stability control so it was exported to the Middle East

      The US also had the 8th gen to modern day Chevrolet Impalas, 2006 and newer Dodge Chargers, 2010 and newer Ford Taurus’, Chevrolet Tahoes, and Chevrolet Tail Blazers. I’m pretty sure there are some cars that aren’t listed by me but I’m just listing what I’ve seen. Also, the 5th Gen Camaros and Challengers as well.

  • Bandit’s Dodge Stealth

    What the heck is going on that all the car manufacturers are closing there?

  • Liam Paul

    anyone else thinking they want that model too?

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