WELL this isn't playing fair.
The Lake Illawarra Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force has taken delivery of a brand-new Audi RS 4 Avant, with smiling officers enjoying the ballistic wagon for the next 12 months.
The purpose of the exercise is to apparently "support a variety of community and youth engagement programs" and, to be fair, a police liveried 331kW/430Nm 4.2-litre V8 Audi RS 4 Avant will certainly grab the attention of car enthusiast youngsters.
One thing's for sure, spotting one in the rear view of your VN Commodore would give even the bravest of outlaws decent reason not to try and outrun it.
Superintendent Wayne Starling, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC, said the RS 4 Avant would provide an exciting and visible platform for the local community.
"Our use of the RS 4 will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation," he said.
With the ability to reach 100kmh in 4.7seconds it would also serve well as a patrol car - as a deterrent more than anything else - but there was no mention of the $150,000 loan Avant being used for anything but engagement programs.
Yet despite the RS-badged Audi's performance, it still has some way to go to match other police vehicles globally.
British police had a 0-100kmh in 2.5-seconds Ariel Atom, the German police a 3.2-seconds Audi R8 GTR, and Dubai a 2.5-seconds Bugatti Veyron costing a cool $2million.