The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, codenamed Guardian and dressed up in a striking yellow-blue uniform, will be safeguarding the highway traffic in Australia for the next year.
The commissioning of the Mercedes-AMG vehicles is part of a campaign by which the Australian authorities in Victoria are trying to boost road safety. The high maintenance costs of the $198,900 vehicles made them make up their minds to only rent the cars for 12 months.
The Victoria Police representatives believe that the estimated death and serious injuries could drop by a third if people would choose to drive the safest car available.
“We’re not saying that everyone needs to rush out and buy the latest and greatest but we need people to prioritize safety over leather seats and shiny wheels. Your car should be a guardian for your safety and the safety of your family much like police are a guardian for everyone in the community”, said Doug Fryer, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner.
And the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe sounds like the right car for the job. It comes with a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 under the bonnet, able to develop 585 HP and 760 Nm, sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. The AMG SUV runs from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Guardian is displayed at the Industry and Innovation Precinct during the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix season opener.