New cop car goes "like a bullet"
A NEW 'fully sick' cop car on the streets of Tweed is driving up police popularity.
The Mitsubishi Evo 10 has been seen cruising local roads in the lead up to next week's Repco Rally Australia.
Police say the $90,000 car, which features a rally-style blue and white checked paint job, “goes like a bullet”.
Senior Constable Paul Henderson of the Tweed Heads highway patrol said the car was attracting a lot of attention.
Even during yesterday's photo shoot with the Tweed Daily News, a number of passers-by approached the policeman to ask him if they could photograph the car.
“It's like this everywhere we go,” Snr Const Henderson explained.
“People love it.
“Sitting at the airport the other day waiting for the boss (NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owen - who flew in to meet with police about the rally), we had so many people come and ask if they could take photos.”
But the police aren't complaining about the attention.
In fact, that is precisely why they decided to borrow the head-turning car from Sydney just in time for the rally event.
The Evo belongs to the NSW Police public affairs branch and will stay in the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command for the next month.
The turbo charged 2L vehicle boasts a twin clutch sports shift transmission with pedal shifters, high performance suspension, an all-wheel control system with three differentials and 18 inch alloy wheels.
It can go from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds.
“It's pretty plain inside, it doesn't even have a police radio,” Snr Const Henderson said.
“It's for high-visibility policing but it is not an actual highway vehicle.”
The Evo 10 is due to be fitted with a police radio system so it can be used for track inspections and as a “run-around car” during the rally, which begins next Thursday.
“It handles really well,” Snr Const Henderson said.
A troop of extra police officers will be arriving in the Tweed next week to assist with the rally, he said.
“It won't all be cars either.
“We've got 24 bikes - 12 off-road and 12 on-road - so we can get on and off the track during the event.”
Deputy Commissioner Owen was at the Tweed Heads police station on Tuesday, where he warned that protestors planning to disrupt the rally would be prosecuted.