Peter Anderson | Sep 21, 2012

Sydney's Harbourside Local Area Command has taken delivery of a Porsche Panamera, provided by Porsche Australia.

Powered by the humblest of the Panamera's engine choices, the 3.7 litre VW-sourced V6, the supercar is less of a highway patrol monster and more of an eye-catcher for the local young people.

"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,” Superintendent Alan Sicard said.

It's no slouch, of course, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 259km/h - but it isn't a great deal quicker than the SS Commodores most favoured by the NSW Highway Patrol.

The real purpose of the Panamera is to act as a community liaison vehicle with the Crime Management Unit.

“This is the first time we’ve made available a Porsche to any police force in Australia and the curiosity factor alone of a Panamera in police decals should help the NSW Police achieve awareness and engage people in its community programs,” Michael Winkler, Porsche Cars Australia's MD said.

The car is on loan for six months, although Porsche Cars Australia said the loan will go a further six months if the police are happy with the halo effect they're seeking.


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