There are two models of the State Cruiser; the standard issue model fitted with a full police package and the unmarked model.
The State Cruiser is the main patrol unit for all police departments and appears at Heat Level 3 of a police pursuit. The unit is light but resilient resulting in an persistent means of pursuit against high durability vehicles. The power mixed with torque produced by the engine can become too excessive at low speeds and result in very little grip.
Officers driving State Cruiser units are trained in the following advanced driving techniques: Box, Herd, PIT and Roadblock. An excessively damaged or disabled unit adds a $2,500 Bounty to the rap sheet of the suspect.
The Ford Mustang GT (2005) replaces the Pontiac GTO in the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo Wii releases of Need for Speed: Undercover. The Dodge Charger SRT-8 (2005) takes on the role in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).
- The Pontiac GTO State Cruiser appears in some Team Escape events in Need for Speed: World. It used to appear as a pursuit vehicle at Heat Level 3 in early beta builds of Need for Speed: World, but isn't featured as a pursuit vehicle in the released build.
- The vehicle type "player_cop_gto", during development of Need for Speed: Carbon, allowed the player to drive the Pontiac GTO State Cruiser. It was altered for the released game to reference a driveable variant of the Police Federal Cruiser for Online game modes.
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