Supercars you don’t want to see in your mirrors
Catching a glimpse of something low and sporty in the rear-view mirror can make your heart sing. But if you haven’t been following the road rules, spotting one of the New South Wales police force’s two new additions might cause your heart to sink instead.
Late last month an Audi S7 Sportback reported for duty with the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command to patrol the coastal roads south of Wollongong and the winding roads up to the Southern Highlands, where its all-paw drivetrain and twin-turbo V8 will come in particularly handy. The loan car from Audi Australia replaced an equally capable RS4 Avant model used by the force to help connect with the community.
The S7 Sportback was this week joined on NSW roads by a BMW i8, a low-slung supercar with dramatic scissor-lift doors that will hit the beat in the affluent inner Sydney suburb of Rose Bay.
Presented by BMW Sydney, the technologically advanced petrol-electric i8 will prowl Sydney’s eastern suburbs and be seen at community events. With the electric drivetrain able to develop torque from zero revs, the i8 sprints to 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds. In traffic it’s not to be trifled with, although the showpiece lifting doors and their high sills might make exiting the car quickly a challenging prospect.
The NSW pair are the latest in a rich history of Australian police departments working with a number of car-makers to create eye-opening patrol cars, if only on a temporary basis. In the past cars including a Porsche Panamera have been sworn in, while a Lexus RC-F and Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG are currently in service in NSW and Victoria respectively.
With this pair equally as likely to carve a hole in your wallet as put a lump in your throat, it might be time to check those brake lights.