Ford recently threw the veil off its Taurus Police Interceptor vehicle, joining the new Chevy Caprice and Dodge Charger in a bid to serve police officers across the US. All three cars have their own advantages and disadvantages, though one thing they all share in common is that they’re derived from production-based cars, rather than being designed from the ground-up as a cop car.
The Carbon Motors E7, on the other hand, is purpose-built to serve the needs of police. This morning, Carbon Motors and BMW announced a large order for 240,000 of BMW’s twin-turbo inline six-cylinder diesel engines. Sounds like somebody is confident their car will succeed.
This is the same engine that is going into the upcoming Local Motors Rally Fighter, and Carbon Motors seems to have chosen the engine for the same reasons: torque and fuel efficiency. This diesel engine can get upwards of 30 mpg in the city, besting any of the Big Three’s police offerings in city mileage as well (low-to-mid 20’s depending on driving). Plus, with 425 ft-lbs of torque and 265 horsepower, these engines should be able to power the E7 to 60 mph in six seconds or less.
While the E7 is expected to cost a good deal more than the other police car offerings, it is also expected to have a lifespan of 250,000 miles… and the reliable diesel engine certainly helps. Most current cop cars are retired after 100,000 miles, though how the Taurus and Caprice do we’ll have to wait and see. Carbon Motors already has over 10,000 orders for the car though, so maybe the mileage and expected durability will mean quite a bit when the car (eventually) goes on the market.
With loads of features like 360 degree surveillance, chemical warfare detection, slots cut in the seat for those pesky belt mounted guns to fit in when you’re sitting down, and “optional integrated ballistic protection” (bulletproofing), the E7 sounds ready for anything… including the zombie apocalypse.
Check out the full press release on the next page.
Source: Carbon Motors