Calling it the first vehicle specifically designed to meet the needs of law enforcement professionals, Carbon Motors Corporation has begun a cross-country Pure Justice Tour to tout the merits of its revolutionary high-tech/low-emission cruiser. Code named the E7 -- aka "The Machine" -- this 21st century replacement for the venerable Ford Crown Vic comes loaded with new technology to make it more a more effective tool for police work. Built on an aluminum space frame, its aggressively contoured composite bodywork conceals a more ergonomically configured cabin that boasts everything from a 17-inch touch screen info display to 360-degree audio/video surveillance capability.
Those impressive assets notwithstanding, the E7's ultimate claim to eco-fame lays underhood, in its capable-but-clean 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. With 300 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque on call, this motivator is designed to burn either conventional or biodiesel fuels. Carbon Motors says this super-efficient alternative will help raise the E7's fuel economy by up to 40 percent over an equivalent gasoline-powered cruiser while trimming overall emissions by an equally impressive 40 percent over the course of its projected 250,000-mile service life. Company execs claim the 4,000-lb E7 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. But given the critical role that fuel cost now plays in any municipal budget picture, those benchmark mileage-making stats may well outstrip its ability to run down fleeing perps when it comes to legal bragging rights. No word yet as to exactly when or where The Machine will first roll onto the scene in an official capacity.