Ford Mustang arrives as highway patrol car

Ford Mustang arrives as highway patrol car

Prepare to see a Ford Mustang highway patrol vehicle in your rear-view mirror as the NSW Police is set to unleash the Pony car for duty this year.

Following a leaked photo of a Mustang coupe wearing highway patrol livery leaked on Facebook (above), a NSW Police spokesperson has now confirmed that the vehicle is being prepared for usage.

“It’s not operational as yet [and] it won’t be a police car for some time yet,” a police spokesperson told MOTOR.

“Not unlike any other car we’re going through an evaluation phase with all of them really, so that’s primarily what it is, there’s still a bit of work to go,” he added.

The Mustang was captured at the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command centre in Huntingwood, 40km west of the Sydney CBD.

Ford mustang drivingA tender was handed to several vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo in December last year in a bid to find highway patrol vehicle replacements for the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore. Feedback from industry closed in late January.

The Falcon will cease production on October 7 this year, with local manufacturing of Commodore to finish around one year following.

The Mustang coupe was initially thought to have been ruled out because it lacks four-doors, but we understand this is not a make-or-break issue for a highway patrol vehicle and it appears this Pony may soon gallop along motorways after all.

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