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Can Robocop Be Far Behind?


Far be it from me to intentionally break the law, but I almost WANT to get pulled over by one of these, just so I can get a closer look at it! 


AUBURN HILLS, Michigan/ATLANTA — As it rolls out the 2009 Dodge Charger police car this month, the Detroit automaker notes that sales of the Charger cop car have jumped 17 percent over 2007. But breathing down its back is the intriguing Carbon Motors E7, a so-called 'purpose built' police car that can run on biodiesel and has such features as integrated shotgun mounts, a driver-specific intelligent key and a 'hose-able rear passenger compartment.'


Of the two, the Carbon E7 is the most James Bond-like and intriguing. Its scorns traditional retrofitted cop cars such as the Ford Crown Victoria and Dodge Charger. 'It should be illegal to impersonate a police car,' says the sales brochure, which also describes the E7 as 'a new brand of justice.'


The Carbon E7, which is on a nationwide rollout, is powered by a 3.0-liter diesel that churns out 300 horsepower and delivers 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The E7 rides on a 122-inch wheelbase and has a curb weight of 4,000 pounds. Its makers say it sprints from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. It also boasts a 75-mph rear impact crash capability.


Carbon Motors said detailed pricing on the E7 will be announced in a few months.


For its part, Dodge brags that the '09 Charger police car with the 5.7-liter Hemi engine is 'the most powerful production police vehicle on the road, producing 368 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque.'

10/15/2008 4:38PM
Can Robocop Be Far Behind?
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