VICTORIA Police is calling it "a new tool to promote safety on Victoria's roads". We're calling it a luxury performance weapon that will have speeders shuddering and the coppers rather delighted.
This Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will be Victoria Police's highway patrol car for the next 12 months, kindly on loan from the German brand to keep the streets safe - hence why the police have codenamed the AMG "Guardian" - and also to "promote in-car safety features at exhibits across the state".
Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it was important for people to consider buying the safest car they could afford when the time came to purchase a new vehicle. "Death and serious injuries on Victorian roads could be reduced by a third overnight if everyone was driving the safest cars they can afford," he said. "We need people to prioritise safety over leather seats and shiny wheels."
The AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is indeed loaded with the latest high-tech safety features (as well as leather seats and shiny wheels it must be said), but also a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 good for 430kW and 760Nm, helping it crack 100kmh in 4.2 seconds.
It retails for $198,900 before on roads and before putting on those bright police decals. Bit beyond the budget of most people searching for a new car, but buyers are encouraged to visit the How Safe is Your Car website - www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au or www.howsafeisyourfirstcar.com.au to see the safety rating of any prospective purchases.
In more Merc news it's business as usual, that is more information about even more performance offerings soon to hit our shores.
The recently launched GLC mid-size SUV will be available by year's end as an AMG GLC 43 with 270kW/520Nm 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine and four-wheel drive, and will break the five second barrier when sprinting to 100kmh. Still not enough? Wait for the AMG GLC 63 with the twin-turbo V8 instead.
Also announced are facelifted versions of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake models, with new bumpers, diamond radiator grille and light-alloy wheels. Power is up for the AMG versions to 280kW and 475Nm, helping propel the CLA to 100kmh in 4.2 seconds, and the CLA Shooting Brake in 4.3 seconds.
If anyone in the Mercedes company can list every model it now produces off the top of their head, I'd happily buy them a beer.