Czech Police To Chase Criminals In New BMW 540i xDrive Tourings


Criminals in the Czech Republic had better watch their backs with local police forces recently taking delivery of 10 BMW 540i xDrive Touring models and expecting to receive many more in the coming years.

In total, police in the Czech Republic will take delivery of no less than 70 vehicles from the German car manufacturer. Half of the 10 540i xDrive Tourings that were recently handed over to the force will be used for highway surveillance and come adorned in a striking police livery. The remaining five vehicles will be unmarked and used for high-speed pursuits.

A number of modifications have been made to the 540i xDrive Touring to transform it into a police car. For example, it comes with all the required lights, sirens, and camera systems.

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“I am very pleased that we succeeded in the selection process with premium brand cars at a more favorable price than the competition,” said Martin Strakoš, the chief executive of BMW Stratos Auto in Prague that delivered the vehicles. “Highway police officers receive specially equipped vehicles with top driving characteristics and a high level of active and passive safety, as is standard for the BMW brand. I believe that the new vehicles will contribute to increasing the safety of traffic on our highways.”

Powering the BMW 540i xDrive Touring is a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 335 hp at 5,500 rpm and 331 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque at 1,500 rpm. Working alongside this engine is an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power through all four wheels.

“An important step for improving the conditions and quality of police work is also the regular change of the vehicle fleet,” added Deputy Police Chief for Economy, Col. Jaromir Bischof. “I am happy that the police officers will be able to use such modern, safe and fast vehicles as these 10 BMW vehicles in their service.”

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