Kia’s new Stinger GT is high on the Australian Police Force radar as a candidate for Highway Patrol Car!
Kia reports that every Australian state, except the Northern Territory, has shown serious interest in it’s 272Kw/510Nm twin-turbo V6 stinger GT. In fact, a prototype has already undergone testing in NSW.
“We are starting to loan them to the police now,” said Kia Motors Australia’s Kevin Hepworth. “They’ve had people in-house looking at the car, getting all the tech details on it, and now they’re starting to get an opportunity to test drive.”
According to Kia’s Hepworth, highway patrol police were pleased with the power, brake capacity and physical size of the car. in addition, the Stinger GT also met police criteria for value, resale, boot space and the ability to easily fit a second battery.
the less powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder was also considered by some states as a general purpose runabout, said Hepworth.
This requirement of course has come about as Australian police forces continue their search for replacements to the Falcon and Commodore patrol cars. Other considerations for highway patrol included the Ford Mustang and Chrysler 300 SRT which is favoured in NSW.
The Kia Stinger GT goes on sale officially in Australia from September with pricing to be announced just prior.