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Holden Commodore police car replacement? 2023 Kia EV6 electric car could be coming soon to a rearview mirror near you!

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The EV6 GT hits 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. (Image credit: Thanos Pappas)
The EV6 GT hits 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. (Image credit: Thanos Pappas)

Kia Australia has confirmed "several (Australian) police fleets/jurisdictions have tested or are currently testing" its powerhouse EV6 pure-electric SUV across a range of potential roles.

The company says so far the GT-Line AWD has been the main focus, but "anticipates the GT will be considered in the future".

As traditional high-performance highway patrol vehicles, like the Holden VF Commodore SS and Chrysler 300 SRT, age out of fleets around the country a new generation of potential pursuit options are being put under the microscope.

The 430kW/740Nm AWD EV6 GT comfortably out-muscles the Commodore (304kW/570Nm), Chrysler (350kW/637Nm) and more recent arrivals like BMW's 530d (195kW/620Nm) and Kia's own Stinger 330S (274kW/510Nm).

Even the EV6 GT-Line AWD puts 239kW and 605Nm on the table, which is enough for 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds and a maximum velocity of 185km/h.

The bad guys will be doing well to outrun the EV6 GT which hits 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds before blasting on to a top speed of 260km/h.

Start hitting the accelerator pedal hard on a regular basis and range starts to enter the equation, with Kia quoting 484km for the GT-Line AWD, and 424km for the more powerful GT.

The company says so far the GT-Line AWD has been the main focus, but “anticipates the GT will be considered in the future”.
The company says so far the GT-Line AWD has been the main focus, but “anticipates the GT will be considered in the future”.

With the advantage of dual-motor AWD over its rear-wheel-drive combustion predecessors, the EV6 lifts the dynamic bar, with local tuning of the GT's electronically controlled suspension making the car even more at home on Aussie highways.

The GT's 21-inch alloy rims shod with top-shelf Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber also enhance the package.

While the GT's standard 'Drift Mode' is unlikely to find favour with the constabulary, its steering-wheel mounted 'GT button' almost certainly will. It dials powertrain and dynamic settings up to maximum attack. In fact, it's the only way to access the car's full 430kW of power.

At the same time as its EV6 news, Kia has confirmed police in every state and territory, as well as the Australian Federal Police, now have the seven-seat Sorento SUV on their fleets. An impressive cornering of the police market!

And Tasmania Police has added a Niro EV as a marked car on the Apple Isle. The compact front-wheel drive five-seat SUV combining outputs of 150kW/255Nm and eight-second 0-100km/h acceleration with 10-80 per cent DC (100kW) fast charging in 45min, a 460km range, and energy consumption of 16.2kWh/100km.

James Cleary
Deputy Editor
As a small boy James often sat on a lounge with three shoes in front of him, a ruler between the cushions, and a circular drinks tray in his hands. He would then play ‘drivings’, happily heading to destinations unknown for hours on end. He’s since owned many cars, raced a few, and driven (literally) thousands of them at all points of the globe. He’s steered around and across Australia multiple times, spent time as an advanced driving instructor, and had the opportunity to experience rare and valuable classics here and overseas. His time in motoring journalism has included stints at national and international titles including Motor, Wheels and TopGear, and when asked to nominate a career highlight, James says interviewing industry legend Gordon Murray, in the paddock at the 1989 Australian Formula One Grand Prix was amazing, especially as Murray waived away a hovering Ayrton Senna to complete the conversation. As Deputy Editor, James manages everything from sub-editing to back-end content, while creating written and video product reviews, as well as the weekly 'Tools in the Shed' podcast.'
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