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NSW Police reveal Audi S7

The police-liveried S7 is scheduled to appear at a number of shows and events over the next 12 months.

Except the 331kW, 550Nm brute isn't actually a patrol car - which is good news for get-away drivers - with Audi instead loaning it to the police for 12 months for use in youth and community engagement programs.

Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the S7 Sportback will clip 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds and continue climbing to a maximum 250km/h, accompanied by the kind of booming soundtrack from its quad exhaust tips that might normally attract the attention of the boys in blue. 

It's a mean-looking unit, too, with a blue-and-white checkered skirting joining a huge NSW Police logo on the rear-three-quarter panel, along with interior mounted red-and-blue flashing lights. The livery was chosen by Audi's Australian Facebook fans, with more than 800 voting on the winning design back in 2015. 

“We are pleased to continue to support the NSW Police Force as they engage with the youth and wider community in the Lake Illawarra region,” said Audi Australia Managing Director, Andrew Doyle.

The S7 Sportback will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.

“The Audi S7 Sportback has a striking presence, thanks to its sophisticated design and the sound of its extraordinary twin-turbo V8 engine, and so it is perfectly suited to making an impact at the various events it will attend throughout the course of the next 12 months."

The Lake Illawarra LAC includes the areas around Dapto, Port Kembla and Kiama, south of Sydney, where the police-liveried S7 is scheduled to appear at a number of shows and events over the next 12 months. Its use follows that of an Audi RS4, which played a similar role in 2015.

“The Audi S7 Sportback provides an exciting and visible platform for our community and youth engagement activities,” said Superintendent Zoran Dzevlan, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC.

“Our use of the S7 Sportback will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.”

Community engagement vehicles have been hugely popular with police for a number of years now, with a Ford Raptor, Porsche Panamera and 911, Lotus Exige and even a McLaren 650S all reporting for active duty in recent years.

And while using an Audi S7 as a genuine patrol car might seem far-fetched, a replacement for the current Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore fleet is yet to be confirmed, with our national police forces currently evaluating a wide range of potential vehicles including the BMW 5-Series,  Chrysler 300 SRT and Subaru WRX.

What other exotics should the NSW Police add to their fleet? Tell us what you think in the comments below.