Yet another cool vehicle is joining the Australian police force. This time around it's the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

Dubai and Los Angeles are no longer the only places in the world where the local police force has a BMW i8 as Rose Bay in the state of New South Wales in Australia has recently taken delivery of the electrified sports car. Much like all of the other exotic cars dressed in a police livery in the Land Down Under, it won’t be used as a police car per se since its role will be to make appearances at community events as a way to increase awareness and engagement.


Seeing the car in a police suit makes us think it would be worthy to replace the General Motors Ultralite concept driven by Sylvester Stallone for the fictional San Angeles Police Department in the 1993 movie Demolition Man. Coincidentally, GM’s concept was also all about fuel efficiency, being rated back in the day at 88 miles per gallon, which is very impressive even by today’s standards taking into account the i8 does 76 MPGe, according to EPA. Other things the two have in common are the use of carbon fiber and a three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine, while the door opening mechanism is somewhat similar.

The Rose Bay Police Squad points out that the vehicle is a loaner from BMW Sydney and as such the tax payer’s money have not been used at all.

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The BMW i8 for Rose Bay is the latest in a long string of special cars to receive a police livery for Australia. It was only a couple of weeks ago when an Audi S7 Sportback was unveiled for the New South Wales, while previous temporary additions to the Australian police fleet have included a Porsche 911 Carrera, a Lexus RC F, as well as a Volvo S60 modified by Polestar, and a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe.

Source: BMW Australia

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