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Ford Falcon GT is the top cop car.

With a supercharged V8 engine it’s the most powerful highway patrol car to ever hit Australian roads – but it will spend most of its time in a trailer rather than prowling for hoons.

The limited edition Falcon GT – the fastest ever car built by Ford Australia – has all the latest technology to catch high-speed crooks but it will be used as a public awareness vehicle at events across the state to break down the barriers with car enthusiasts.

“I was a bit apprehensive at first, and so were the guys I think,” says Senior Sergeant Mark Stevens, who took the car to its first meeting with revheads at Sydney Dragway at Eastern Creek on Wednesday night. “But once people came up and started asking about the car, it was all good.” The first experiment appeared to be a success; someone at the event posted a photo of the police car on Facebook, which attracted 67 comments in half an hour.

At the track, it quickly drew a crowd. Ford fans Brett Luland from Wyee and Nick Vardakos from Cronulla were among the admirers. “It isn't fair. It has too much power I reckon,” joked Vardakos, the owner of a Falcon XR8 ute. “They should be allowed to race it,” said Luland, who owns an almost identical Falcon GT bearing the number plates 'CanFry'.

“It’s a conversation starter,” says Inspector John Lipman, the commander of the traffic technology section. “It’s about interacting with car enthusiasts and having a similar vehicle to what they would have or what they might aspire to.” It’s also about having revheads realise what technology police have and “hopefully encourage them to stay within the law.”

Fully loaded with the latest radar unit, number plate-reading technology and a suite of onboard computers, the police GT Falcon is worth in excess of $100,000, about $70,000 of which was for the car alone. It was funded by the Motor Accidents Authority; after two years the car will be displayed in the police museum. The car is build number 150 of the latest limited edition Falcon GTs to commemorate the NSW Police 150th anniversary. 

The standard Falcon GT has 335kW of power but this one has 400kW after it was upgraded with a bigger exhaust and fuel injectors. Until now, the most powerful police car in Australia was a Holden Special Vehicles V8 used by Queensland police, with 325kW. But both the Holden and Ford have neck-and-neck performance, able to reach the speed limit in about 5 seconds.

 

This reporter is on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling

 

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  • http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-reviews/car-news/hsv_gts_australias_fastest_police_car_80620_20131206 BOOM!

    Fergus English of Adelaide, SA Posted on 07 March 2014 12:06pm
  • There is no way they got the apparent "400 KW" figures with just an exhaust and change of injectors. If they are needing new injectors then they have added more fuel. The only way to do that is with a tune. You don't just add more power by upping the injectors...they only supply the fuel that is demanded by the tune. I think this hasn't been mentioned due to Ford's request.

    1969Capri Posted on 23 December 2013 9:08pm
  • Hahaha Good job Canuread? Yes we can read.

    wecanread of NSW Posted on 18 December 2013 12:35pm
  • To the knockers, read the article, the costing was funded by Motor Accidents Authority, not tax payers money.

    Canuread? of Jealous Posted on 11 December 2013 6:54pm
  • yeh good use of tax payers $$$$'s there a police car that wont be used for police work kinda pointless...... I understand that its a good point on interest for many people but as a tax payer what benefit do I see for paying for it?

    ghettosmurf of Sydney Posted on 27 April 2013 3:06pm
  • if this vehicle is non operational then why all the extra cost of all the mods that have been done?

    x_pac of livo Posted on 24 March 2013 5:54pm
  • arnt pod filters ill leagle??????????????????this H O S**T has 1 so it should get defected or r there special rules for them and rules for every 1 else.

    x_pac of mino Posted on 24 March 2013 5:50pm
  • Jamie, it's not to frighten fast cars. The scenario of needing a 4.5 to 100 time to catch another 4.5 to 100 vehicle.... just doesn't happen. They aren't allowed to chase at dangerous speeds and sit right up a driver's clanger till he crashes into some poor innocent bystander anyway - and that's why cars have number plates. Any modern four cylinder can stay close enough to get the number plate down. This is a marketing ploy to try and make police look human to a marginalised group who often fall foul of the law

    steve of innerwest Posted on 16 January 2013 10:07am
  • I saw this in North Sydney! I was confused, never seen an FPV police car. But I didn't realise it had 400kw!

    Clemoly of Sydney Posted on 25 November 2012 4:58pm
  • Second Comment Here: ....... Lets be real here. They want a car that will catch 'souped up V8's and turbo v6's' etc..... and make them shake in their boots. This car speakers wonders but does it really? ..... It does 0-100 in just under 5 seconds...... my stock VE SS tuned..... does it in 4.9-5 seconds with a bad ass tune. So thats 'nothing special'. My point is this.......... IF THEY WANT A CAR THAT WILL SCARE BIG FAST CARS........ 2013 Nissian GTR ...... Twice as fast as his falcon..... Twice the price........ twice as fast. And lets face it...... Anyone can buy a VE SS...... Throw on a supercharger........ or twin turbo kit.. And you'll kill this falcon. Buy a old V8 ...... 10-15k ....... add a supercharger.... tune...... again kill this car. So ultimately not a wise investment. I dont get it.

    Jamie of Brisbane Posted on 24 November 2012 5:23pm
  • I have mixed feelings about that car... I own holdens myself and I haven't driven the high powered xr6t or v8 models of the falcons so I dont really know what they are like......... but from what I hear, the Holden VF HSV will be possibly either the new engine or just a supercharged model of the existing engine...... which will kill this ford without a doubt..... You cant really beat the chevy engine...... It's ECU/Tuning setup is built for reponse off the line...... MAF/VE/Dynamic Airflow Predictions....... you cant go wrong. Ford have generally a good rep with forced induction so i'm sure this car is pretty awesome....... it'll be interesting to see what holden come up with. I'd like to see this against the current HSV GST Persuit model.

    Jamie of Brisbane Posted on 24 November 2012 5:18pm
  • taking about hoons they try to put this modify ford as a good thing against crime as if 335kw isnt enough what a load of shit who ever decided lets give this car more power he or she is no different to any other car hoon . lets all change our exhaust systems oh we have but is a different matter for us

    julio loppez of nsw Posted on 24 November 2012 1:14pm
  • Wont catch a C63 AMG

    Jon Posted on 24 November 2012 11:22am
  • Fully sik bro but my rexxy will still smash it

    mahaleb Posted on 23 November 2012 8:20pm
  • Here's an idea - instead of putting it in a museum, how about letting police use it to catch law breakers

    Will Posted on 23 November 2012 5:02pm
  • what about that illegal tint on the Falcon... bad cop good cop

    ma of NSW Posted on 23 November 2012 10:00am
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