NSW Police will no doubt be fighting for the keys of their latest fleet vehicle, a $210,000 Porsche Panamera V6. Okay it’s probably the slowest Panamera you can buy, but the 220kW 3.6 litre V6 can still propel the Porsche barge to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. And let’s face it, would you rather be in a Panamera or a Falcadore?
The Panamera is on loan to the Harbourside Local Area Command (North Sydney) and will be used for community liaison purposes.
Superintendent Alan Sicard explains: “The thinking behind the concept is community engagement. The use of a Porsche at community events, fairs and programs will act as an ice breaker in talking to younger members of the public; in particular whose dealings or perception of the police are often generally negative.
“The Porsche gives us a chance to talk to kids on an informal basis outside the legal system in the hope that we can influence them and help them make a positive contribution to society.”
The current loan term is six months, but Porsche may be willing to extend the loan if it’s deemed to be worthwhile.