Western Australia Police (WAPOL) has ordered 55 Škoda Superb wagons to patrol the state’s highways, in what is the first large scale sale by the European brand to an Australian law enforcement agency.
The multi-award winning Czech-produced Škoda Superb wagon is powered by a 206kW/350Nm turbo petrol four cylinder engine that drives all four wheel via a six speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
It is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standing start in some 5.8 seconds. All 55 vehicles on order will be allocated to highway patrol units, with a further 10 cars expected to be added to the fleet at a later date.
The highway patrol version of the Superb is a largely unmodified Sportline grade that differs from the civilian model only in the removal of the standard Canton sub-woofer to accommodate a police-specification dual battery.
Škoda’s Superb Sportline is a large passenger car sold in either wagon or lift back form. Its combination of cruising comfort and dynamic capability, in addition to exceptional interior capacity for both passengers and storage, have won it numerous car of the year awards.
“Škoda could hope for no more resounding endorsement of our Superb than its selection by WAPOL,” Škoda Australia Director Michael Irmer said. “To be the car of choice for the officers who serve the great state of Western Australia is an honour.”
Headquartered in the Czech Republic, Škoda opened its doors in 1895, and is now operated as part of the Volkswagen Group. In Australia, it presently sells 24 variants across nine model offerings.