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Why Subaru WRX is Targeted by Australian Police

The Subaru WRX is a top contender to take on patrol duty in Australia. What other performance cars make the short list?

If the New South Wales (NSW) police in Australia pull you over, it could be in a new Subaru WRX patrol car. According to CarsGuide.AU, the NSW police are considering replacing their current fleet of Ford Falcons and Holden Commodore. The police are considering the Subaru WRX, Chrysler 300 SRT and the Ford Mustang.

The Mustang is a long-shot because of it’s two-door coupe body style. The Subaru WRX and Chrysler 300 SRT have a better chance of being chosen as they are better suited for the job. The decision to make the change likely won’t happen until their current contract is up which will be in 2020.

A spokesperson from the NSW Police Force told CarsGuide.com.au, "We are in discussion with a number of manufacturers at the moment, but no decision has been taken.”

WRX is being tested by police

NSW police have been testing the current 2017 Subaru WRX at its driver training facility in Goulburn. The four-door performance sedan is a top contender to take on patrol duty. The report says, police modified the WRX’s brake system to rectify an issue after some recent testing. Subaru Australia has not commented, but reports say the police are pleased with the performance and capabilities of the WRX. They’ve been testing the base WRX fitted with a CVT automatic gearbox.

Subaru also currently supplies emergency services in Australia with various service vehicles, like the Outback and Forester in some ambulance and SES services around the country. Subaru just introduced the Levorg sports wagon which could also see emergency service duty in Australia.

If you get pulled over in Australia in 2020, it could be a new-generation 2020 Subaru WRX SNW patrol car. Now that would be a switch. Usually it’s the Subaru WRX targeted by police to be pulled over. It’s one of the most ticketed vehicles on the road today.

Source: CarsGuide.au

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