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Police Prius – humph

By 6 August 2009 50

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Not saying anything but a Prius?

Lets look at the stats

Holden Commodore VN (the choice for the charnwood crowd)
V6 3.8L 3800(125 kW), 63 litres of fuel, 5 speed manual, 0-100 kms/h 7.7 seconds

Toyota Prius (the choice of people who have their heads up their own *#$)
V4 1.5L 110(82 kW), 1-speed planetary gear, 0-60 kms/h 10.5 seconds

But then again I just got a $220 fine in adelaide for doing 6km over the limit so I might be a tad biased at the moment.

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50 Responses to Police Prius – humph
#1
Pandy9:03 am, 06 Aug 09

We need a Noddy car

#2
Holden Caulfield9:09 am, 06 Aug 09

Oh, I thought I might find the Raiders v Balmain YouTube clip here. :P

#3
flag_elation_fanatic9:16 am, 06 Aug 09

Tell ya what LlamaFrog, howsabout you try driving one before you open your mouth and show your foot. I have driven a Prius and I can tell you the 0-100km/hr performance you’ve quoted here is totally wrong. Actually from 0-60km/hr the Prius would only be a car length or so behind the gas-guzzler, as it uses both the electric and the petrol motor to get off the line.

Anyway that aside, I would never buy one, not because there’s anything wrong with the performance, which is more than adequate unless your willy needs a boost, rather the huge forward pillars give the car a bad blind spot, and that’s something I consider dangerous.

#4
TP 30009:26 am, 06 Aug 09

The Police have a wide range over unmarked vechiles. They have a new new Toyota Camry’s & a flash Holden SS Ute. The ute is dual exhaust & the flashing lights are along the metal bar behind the cab.

The Prius is just there to catch speeding Grannies

#5
KB19719:31 am, 06 Aug 09

flag_elation_fanatic said :

Tell ya what LlamaFrog, howsabout you try driving one before you open your mouth and show your foot. I have driven a Prius and I can tell you the 0-100km/hr performance you’ve quoted here is totally wrong. Actually from 0-60km/hr the Prius would only be a car length or so behind the gas-guzzler, as it uses both the electric and the petrol motor to get off the line.

Have a look at how the batteries are made & then tell us how environmentally friendly they are……

#6
Danman9:32 am, 06 Aug 09

I can’t see the problem, not like it is advertised as a high speed pursuit car.
Not all police are traffic police, and they travel from A to B in the course of their job as well.. May as well economise at the same time.

#7
artuoui9:40 am, 06 Aug 09

I think you’ll Contsable Kenny Koala driving that one. I’ve always been bit wary of speeding past him – being pulled over by a copper in a Koala suit would be embarrassing all round.

#8
Pandy9:49 am, 06 Aug 09

Kenny would be so angry about it, he may pump 59 rounds into you.

#9
Wraith9:50 am, 06 Aug 09

Can’t wait for the fist car chase in this one, will be hilarious, at least you will be able to follow the pursuing officer with ease to watch the proceedings.

#10
johnboy9:55 am, 06 Aug 09

artuoui said :

I think you’ll Contsable Kenny Koala driving that one. I’ve always been bit wary of speeding past him – being pulled over by a copper in a Koala suit would be embarrassing all round.

More a koala with a man’s hand up its jaxie. Which is possibly even more embarrassing.

#11
Ozi9:58 am, 06 Aug 09

Interesting how many posters on this site will shoot their mouths off totally uninformed.

As “artuoui” stated, this Prius is one of a kind and used for Community Relations work. It is not used for Traffic Operations or General Duties patrols. Kenny tends to drive around in a Hyundai Accent, not this car; either way, neither of them are used for GDs.

Llamafrog, maybe check your facts before posting such tripe.

#12
layne10:04 am, 06 Aug 09

Prius’ are also super quiet, maybe they are taking a stealth approach… they just forgot about the paintjob and sirens.

#13
Hells_Bells7410:05 am, 06 Aug 09

My bf, his dad and ex workmate were doing 90 on the GDE near Mitchell and one of those Prius’ flew by them with little room on the left. No sirens, just in a hurry. But they assumed it had had some ‘work’ done to it.

Their collective opinion on the day as caryard workers having driven many Prius’ was they just don’t go like that.

#14
Wraith10:06 am, 06 Aug 09

Jaxie???

#15
Holden Caulfield10:13 am, 06 Aug 09

Ozi said :

Llamafrog, maybe check your facts before posting such tripe.

Agreed, there’s no way a VN could still do 0-100 in under 8 seconds, and that’s if it ever could.

#16
H1NG010:48 am, 06 Aug 09

0-100 in 7.7 seconds for a VN is possible. The Buick V6 in the VN can almost do it in 7 seconds. The VN is still the quickest V6 commodore ever thanks to its good power to weight ratio and its torque. Thats why it is the car of choice for P platers everywhere.

I had a VR commodore which has the same chassis and engine as the VN and that thig would hoot! It was quicker off the mark than my 2006 VZ.

#17
caf11:07 am, 06 Aug 09

Unfortunately due to the terrible live axle rear end it tends to spend as much time going sideways as forward.

#18
Thumper11:09 am, 06 Aug 09

Yep, VNs did have that unfortunate design flaw. Especially dangerous in the wet…

#19
LlamaFrog11:12 am, 06 Aug 09

Ozi said :

Llamafrog, maybe check your facts before posting such tripe.

Why should I start a trend. Looks like a cop car, assume would pull me over for speeding like a cop car, so most likely a cop car.

#20
Chop7111:12 am, 06 Aug 09

Charnwood crowd now drive compact SUV’s. The VN’s moved out when the school moved out

#21
Thoroughly Smashed11:30 am, 06 Aug 09

flag_elation_fanatic said :

I have driven a Prius and I can tell you the 0-100km/hr performance you’ve quoted here is totally wrong.

10.9s is quite correct for the Prius.

H1NG0 said :

0-100 in 7.7 seconds for a VN is possible. The Buick V6 in the VN can almost do it in 7 seconds. The VN is still the quickest V6 commodore ever thanks to its good power to weight ratio and its torque. Thats why it is the car of choice for P platers everywhere.

I had a VR commodore which has the same chassis and engine as the VN and that thig would hoot! It was quicker off the mark than my 2006 VZ.

Actually the Buick 3.8 is embarrassingly lacking in torque, even in 2004 when it ended it only had as much torque as you’d get from a modern 3L engine. The engine is revered more for its reliability than its performance. But yes, the VN weighs surprisingly little.

#22
PBO11:32 am, 06 Aug 09

flag_elation_fanatic said :

Tell ya what LlamaFrog, howsabout you try driving one before you open your mouth and show your foot. I have driven a Prius and I can tell you the 0-100km/hr performance you’ve quoted here is totally wrong. Actually from 0-60km/hr the Prius would only be a car length or so behind the gas-guzzler, as it uses both the electric and the petrol motor to get off the line.

Anyway that aside, I would never buy one, not because there’s anything wrong with the performance, which is more than adequate unless your willy needs a boost, rather the huge forward pillars give the car a bad blind spot, and that’s something I consider dangerous.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

#23
Chopper12:02 pm, 06 Aug 09

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA wish they tried to pull me over in that.

#24
Special G12:39 pm, 06 Aug 09

Hells_Bells74 said :

My bf, his dad and ex workmate were doing 90 on the GDE near Mitchell and one of those Prius’ flew by them with little room on the left. No sirens, just in a hurry. But they assumed it had had some ‘work’ done to it.

Their collective opinion on the day as caryard workers having driven many Prius’ was they just don’t go like that.

Must have that Police chip in it. Add some nitrous for extra boost.

#25
Ozi12:49 pm, 06 Aug 09

Special G said :

Must have that Police chip in it. Add some nitrous for extra boost.

*snickers* I had an image of a Prius doing 200km/h, overtaking cars, with a blue nitrous flame out the exhaust…

#26
caf12:53 pm, 06 Aug 09

They must fill it up on police-issue electricity.

#27
michcon1:56 pm, 06 Aug 09

I welcome the idea – there are many, many roles in policing that don’t require a fast & fuel hungry car.

Aside from that, when the lights and sirens go on, 99.8% of people would pull-over. And for the .2% who accept the challenge, you’d attract the attention of a dozen suitably equipped pursuit cars within seconds.

#28
housebound2:04 pm, 06 Aug 09

michcon said :

… you’d attract the attention of a dozen suitably equipped pursuit cars within seconds.

Do we have that many on the road at a time?

#29
p12:24 pm, 06 Aug 09

Shame the NSW cops weren’t driving on of those last night, I might still have my licence.

#30
flag_elation_fanatic2:51 pm, 06 Aug 09

Hey thoroughly smashed

Read it again. Not the bit about 10.5 seconds, but the bit about 0-60. At least I can read and pass a comprehension test 1 second later.

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