Reporting for duty. It’s been a year since the Victoria Police was loaned a new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. In those 12 months, the coupe served as the law enforcers’ reliable highway patrol car. Just when the time has arrived to surrender the car back to Mercedes-Benz Australia, a new replacement quickly took its place.
Clad in police livery with a matching name as the Guardian V2, the new patrol car is none other than the Mercedes-AMG E43 Sedan. The 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine under its hood is more than enough to fulfill its role as an everyday highway patroller.
Paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the E43 boasts an output of 396 hp (295kW) and 384 lb-ft (520Nm) of torque. When chasing cars at high speeds, the AMG specified E43 police car has enough muscle to dash the highways from 0-62 miles (100/kph) per hour in under 4.6 seconds before topping off at 155 mph (250kph).
The AMG E43 was specially hand-picked by Victoria Police for its advanced safety features. It includes semi-autonomous driving technology similar to the Autopilot system found on Tesla Models.
Doug Fryer, road police commissioner, explained that the team-up with Mercedes was mainly to highlight the vehicle’s safety suites. The Guardian V2, he believes will give them the idea of what qualities these cars should have once they set out on the road.
Fryer added that it is high time that the vehicle’s safety should be considered an investment. After all, 3 out of 4 deaths that were caused by road accidents involve cars that are 10 years older. The new cars, he said are expected to stay on the road for at least twenty years. This is why he thinks that the safety system should not come merely as an additional option.
Currently, the Victoria Police has been using various models of the Falcon XR6 Turbo and the Holden Commodore SS aside from the new Mercedes high performance sedan.
The law enforcement agency earlier made an announcement that it is aiming to replace its current lineup. It is not clear however whether the replacement will be a Mercedes or another brand.
Last year, Audi loaned the New South Wales Police with the new S7 Sportback, replacing the RS4 Avant it has been using for over a year.
The Mercedes AMG-E43 Sedan dressed in police livery will be showcased at the 2017 Formula 1 championship’s inaugural race. This will be held at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne Australia in the weekend.