A look at what a NSW Police Ford Mustang Highway Patrol vehicle would look like... if it passed the testing.
A look at what a NSW Police Ford Mustang Highway Patrol vehicle would look like... if it passed the testing. Instagram @redlinefleet

Ford Mustang overheats after 3 minutes of police testing

AUSTRALIAN police officers will not be jumping into the saddle of Ford Mustangs after the famed muscle car broke down after just three minutes of being put through its paces.

They were outperformed by a Volvo.

NewsCorp is reporting the Mustangs were put through intensive testing at a driving academy in New South Wales, but its automatic transmission overheated after two laps or "about three minutes of driving".

It then had to be taken to the Ford dealership for repairs.
 

New South Wales police are searching for an alternative to its Holden and Ford highway pursuit cars, given that the major Australian manufacturers are shutting up shop.

Currently NSW police use the Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo models with upgraded brakes and must have automatic transmissions.

The Mustang's failure is unlikely to have an impact on the car's popularity in Australia, with 6000 already ordered, pushing waiting lists out to 18 months.

A Ford spokesman told NewsCorp the Mustang was not designed for police use, and described the test as "extreme".



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