The New Ford Mustang Is Reportedly Too Hot For Australia's Police Force

Photo: EFTM
Photo: EFTM

A brand new sixth-generation Ford Mustang reportedly failed the Australian Highway Patrol’s high performance testing after just three minutes on the road.


With the death of the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore in Australia (RIP), the nation’s Highway Patrol are now in search for an affordable high performance alternative. Ford, wanting to keep their business, offered them a brand new Mustang GT for their rigorous testing process but the car overheated after just three minutes of “intense driving.”

Australian tech blog EFTM managed to get their hands on some up close photos of the GT in its full Aussie Highway Patrol livery:


According to Business Insider Australia, the Mustang passed the Highway Patrol’s braking test, but was immediately crossed off the list of potential replacement vehicles for the force when the automatic transmission overheated and put the American muscle car in “limp home mode” after just three minutes.

The Highway Patrol will now consider the Volvo S60 Polestar and VW Golf R Wagon to eventually replace its existing fleet.

The new Mustang reportedly has an 18 month waiting list in the Land Down Under. Hopefully they all bought a manual.

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Honest question: wouldn’t a V6 Mustang be enough for police work?

300hp not enough? Are there that many high speed pursuits in Oz?

Also, did they investigate that there wasn’t something amiss with the car? That sounds really odd for a GT, auto or not.