Australia’s Victoria Police have decided to go with BMW to facilitate a fleet of new highway patrol cars, which will see 80 units of the 5 Series (in 530d guise) joining the force by the end of next year. The move is a detrimental one for Holden, as it had hoped to supply police cars based on the next-generation Commodore, also known as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia.

“BMW has come to the party and worked with us on making sure their cars are as fit for purpose as possible. They are the only company to date that has been able to provide a factory fitted ‘police pack’ making the commercial agreement an extremely attractive value for money decision,” said Doug Fryer, road policing command assistant commissioner at Victoria Police.

While the standard 530d being offered to Australian customers comes in a relatively high specification, some of the luxuries have been stripped away as they would not be suitable for police work. The ‘police pack’ in its place, adds in the common equipment associated with policing like sirens, radio system and livery, among many others.

“The BMW 530d meets our safety and performance standards as it has been subjected to the evaluation tests that underpin our vehicle safety classification system. BMW has a proven history, used widely throughout Europe as police vehicles, and most importantly is one of the world leaders when it comes to safety in cars,” Fryer added.

In its civilian spec, the 530d is powered by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbodiesel engine that serves up 265 hp and 620 Nm of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the sedan will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds.