Australian police forces want to add the Kia Stinger to their fleets.
The upcoming Kia Stinger could be the first of the Korean V6 interceptors. Apparently, Australian police is looking to purchase the turbocharged, RWD sedan for its fleets.
"The interest from different police departments around Australia isn't rumored," Kia Australia's COO Damien Meredith told Motoring. "There's been quite a bit of interest shown from all police departments: Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland," Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith confirmed."
Mainstays in Australia's highway patrol police fleets have been locally build Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, but those plants are shutting down as their parent companies pull out of Australian manufacturing. Recently, the state of Victoria inked a deal for 80 BMW 530d sedans for its fleet.
The Stinger's turbo 255-horsepower, 260-pound-foot 2.0-liter four and 365-horsepower, 376-pound-foot twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 would make for a formidable pursuit vehicle. For comparison, the BMW uses a turbocharged inline-6 diesel making 261 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. The article states that Kia has already started looking into modifying Stingers for police fleets, including asking its suppliers for a wiring harness that sirens and light bars can attach to.