Thursday, August 12, 2010

BMW Turbodiesel To Be Used In Carbon’s E7 Cop Car

Carbon Motors has partnered with BMW Groups for its upcoming purpose-built law enforcement vehicle. BMW will be supplying the specialty manufacturer with an initial order of 240,000 with 3.0 liter sequential TwinPower turbocharged inline 6- cylinder diesel engines. The engines will also be specially equipped with BluePerformance technology.

The partnership pledges to reduce fuel consumption by up to 40 percent and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent compared to the current gas-powered law enforcement vehicles. The diesel engine will also provide less refueling downtime for officers with its 650-mile range per tank. The engine will also supply the car with more than 250 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque.

Carbon Motors has not disclosed an exact fuel economy figure for their vehicle, but highway fuel economy reaches 36 miles per gallon in the BMW 335d—so the E7 could be expected to report something in the same range for the highway rating. BMW will also provide a six-speed automatic transmission with each diesel engine, which could suggest a zero-to-60 mph time of approximately 6.5 seconds.

The E7 features an extensive list of unique standard and optional features that will make it truly the elite law enforcement vehicle. Some of them include turn-key built-to-direct-order – 24/7/365 call center support system, aluminum spaceframe body structure, NIJ Level III-A (or better) ballistic protection (front doors and dash panel), 360 degree exterior surveillance capability, automatic license plate recognition system, video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment and a 130hz – 350hz bass siren.


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