• Apr 24, 2010
This is interesting. As you cop-car fans well know, Ford recently introduced an all new Police Interceptor. After centuries decades of sticking with the body-on-frame, RWD Panther-platform Crown Victoria, Ford made the decision to go with the unit-bodied, front- or all-wheel drive Taurus chassis. They've beefed the full-size family hauler up to Herculean stature (claiming that it can withstand a 70 mph rear-end collision!) and by all accounts it should do just fine in the high speed pursuit biz. Still, to many officers and fans of the cars they drive, police cruisers should be driven via the rear wheels.

That said, check out this Hyundai. A Genesis sedan to be specific, all done up in Korean police livery. Looks good, no? Especially with the blue and red lights poking out from the grill. If you're wondering, the Genesis sedan has either a 3.8-liter V6 or a more muscular 4.6-liter "Tau" V8 up front. Both motors propel the rear wheels. For police duty, we'll go ahead and assume that Hyundai went with the more potent Tau option, as South Korean coppers will no doubt make use of the 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque (slight asterisk – that's on premium fuel. Should you opt for regular gas, the V8 makes "just" 368 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque).

True, like the Taurus, the Genesis sedan is still a unit body, meaning that officers in pursuit won't be able to drive over curbs at 50 mph without twisting the kimchi out of the structure. However, given the Genesis sedan's better than average handling characteristics, they should have little trouble driving around said curb, and thereby bringing the perp to justice that much more quickly. No word on a super-pursuit Genesis Coupe-based cop car. Tip of the confession-extracting sap hat to Nathan!

[Source: Chosun]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      i think the crown vic would be missed by all police officers... i think one of the baddest and best looking police cars still around..lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        My apologies if this is a duplicate post. It's been about 15 minutes and the first post hasn't shown up yet, while other posts have.

        Thunder938, there are plenty that would disagree with you. Let me use the city in which I live as an example. We tired the Charger route. They're less durable. Maintenance is more difficult. They're harder to see out of. They're harder to get out of. The back seat is useless. There's less room for equipment. They're not as safe. The TCO is much higher.

        We still use Chargers for traffic duty because they're lightening fast (and look good doing it). For us, the Chargers are special purpose vehicles. 90% of the street fleet has reverted to the CVPI.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a police officer I will NOT miss the CVPI. They were junk and we had to a be a fire mat of the gas tank so we did not get cooked in a rear end crash. THe Charger RT I drive now is SO much nicer than the CVPI. I am open to see the new Chevy, but not the new ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You obviously haven't been to any other country other than your county. The Neatherlands have Porsche 911's as do the Germans along with BMW's and Merc's, the British run LandRovers, Jaguars and Ford Cosworths. The Italians have the occasional Lambo, Ferrari and Alfa's tucked into the mix. God knows the Japanese probably have a couple Godzillas running around. The Ford CVPI ranks so far down my list of must have cars you'd need a drilling rig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it come with Bamboo Batons for ass whippin's in public?
        • 4 Years Ago
        *Sigh*

        I'm not trying to be a partypooper, but I'd say this is a horrible waste of tax dollars (or won's, I should say)... Hyundai Genesis in Korea (and rest of Asia/Middle East) is expensive, yeah it does sell head to head price of BMW 5 / Mercedes E class. (45-60 Grand) and considering that it's a police car, it'll have to meet some armor/bulletproof standard which would jack up the price even more =P...

        I'd say a Sonata-Optima 2.0Turbo (274HP 269lbft torque) on a special RWD/AWD platform would be much more money saving, the unit and the maintenance cost. But then again, South Korea was only of like 3 major developed countries to avoid a recession in 2008-09.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You’re talking about Singapore or Malaysia. There’s no whipping in Korea as a legal punishment (:
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vizel said "I'd say a Sonata-Optima 2.0Turbo (274HP 269lbft torque) on a special RWD/AWD platform would be much more money saving, the unit and the maintenance cost."

        So you think that asking Hyundai to take a brand new design and come up with a completely different RWD platform to stick under it would save money?

        I don't buy that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not trying to be a partypooper, but it seems like this is a case of wasting of tax dollars (or wons, should I say...) Genesis Sedan costs head to head equivalent price of BMW 5 or Mercedes E class in Korea (and Asia/Middle East), 45-60K, and given that they had to meet some kind of bulletproof/armor requirements, the price must've been jacked up more.

      If they needed a high-speed chase car, why couldn't they get a special AWD/RWD edition of Turbo 2.0 Sonata/Optima instead? It would've cost alot less, and it'd still done it's job for overwhelming majority of the cars over there =P.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see the Korean govt is mimicking the Americans with their over-powered, gas-guzzling Police cruisers.

      Korea is densely populated, there's no high-speed car chases and no cop will ever need 350+ hp. Waste of Korean tax money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        michiganboy: Sorry, but talking about fuel efficiency with americans just doesnt work because you are so easily impressed. 17 MPG is 14l/100km, which worldwide fuel efficiency terms is similar to the fuel consumption of a Saturn V rocket.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Does the Korean Frank Buillitt drive a Genesis coupe in dark green?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like this is a company that makes one-off or specialty vehicles. Check out the Caddy police convertible I found on their site:

      http://blog.naver.com/common/util/imageZoom.jsp?url=http://blogfiles6.naver.net/20100424_21/chihon1_1272095202905_6Stj6i_JPG/Eldorado%EC%98%A4%ED%94%88%EC%B9%B4_07.JPG&rClickYn=true&isOwner=false
        • 4 Years Ago
        Surprise. Korea police used american cars as their police cars. Maybe Korea is only country which using american car as police car, in outside of US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here he here he, let the Korean boy clear this mess up...

      First of all, the Genesis is NOT a common police car in Korea. In fact it's harder to spot one than perhaps even a Maybach. Most likely it's one of those "show cars" alike the Lamborghini Gallardo that the Korean police also owns.

      Also, the Tau V8 version is NOT available in the Korean Genesis. The 3.8L V6 is the range topping powertrain there.

      The most common police cars in Korea are the Hyundai Elantra (Avante), Hyundai Sonata and the Renault Samsung SM3 (Nissan Sunny). Crime is drastically low in Korea and high speed chases are practically nonexistent in our vocabulary.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well you may not have much real crime, but you still have Chan-wook Park making us believe otherwise ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last year in Korea, a poll was taken with car enthusiasts as to what vehicle would be the most ideal for high speed pursuit type of police duty. Well, the result indicated the people favored none other than the Genesis Coup. So, now that I see a Genesis sedan dressed in uniform, it could be just a matter of time until Genesis police coup shows up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a knowledgable car person. Can someone clarify whats being implied here?
      "True, like the Taurus, the Genesis sedan is still a unit body, meaning that officers in pursuit won't be able to drive over curbs at 50 mph without twisting the kimchi out of the structure."
      What happens when you drive unit body vehicles over a curb?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The article is full of misdirection.

        First, they swap between the Crown Vic and the Taurus, depending on which has the disadvantage to the Genesis. They need to pick one and stick with it. It makes sense to pick the Taurus, as it's replacing the Crown Vic.

        The Taurus is faster than the Genesis.

        The Taurus has 40mph curb rated wheels. They choose 50mph, because it's higher than 40. I suspect the Genesis couldn't handle 15mph as well as the Taurus could handle 50mph.

        The Fords have a 70mph rear impact rating. The Genesis has no such rating, though the article is structured to make you believe it does.

        There is no reason to believe that other than being a powerful RWD vehicle that the Genesis has any modifications to make it an acceptable police vehicle.

        Complete crap reporting by Autoblog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In a country where 50% of the population live in one city where the roads are both too narow and too congested to do any speeds faster than 3km/h, why do they need a V8 RWD police car...lol.

      Because of the price of gas most people drive small 1.3L hatchbacks anyway.

      This'll just end up being more negative publicity...IMO anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        inv4zn...

        Not sure what city you're thinking of when you say 50% of Korea's population lives in one city. I can only assume that you mean Seoul. According to the 2005 Korean census, the population of Seoul was 9.7 million people while the population of all of South Korea was 47 million people. That means about 20% of Koreans live in Seoul. A far cry from the 50% claim. The source of this info is the Korean National Statistics Office.

        Further, the average traffic speed in Seoul is about 24 kph. Again, a far cry from the 3 kph you mention (which I'm sure was an attempt at hyperbole). This info comes from a 2009 Korea Times news article.

        Finally, although I can't find any official sources, my own anecdotal evidence would say that by far, the most common type of vehicle in Korea is the 1.6 liter sedan. In fact, I'm unaware of any model of vehicle available for purchase in Korea that has a 1.3 liter engine.

        Perhaps you would enjoy living in Korea more if you knew more about the place. The National Statistics Office has lots of information available in English and free of charge. Check it out, you may be surprised at what you find.

        Cheers

      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys should track down info on this and see if they did any upgrades on this for police duty or not. This does make sense since Hyundai is a Korean auto company, and it looks nice to, be nice to pick one of those up after a few years on the road..
      "What you own?"
      "Oh one of those police duty Genesis's hehe..."
      • 4 Years Ago
      you can hop a curb in the new taurus and not twist the chassis
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