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I stopped by again on my way out of work, and asked the rep if he could talk about the engine source. He said no, because it had not been finalized. He repeatedly mentioned it was a turbo diesel, and claimed zero-to-sixty in something like 6.5 seconds.

Some interesting features - the front seats had cutaways at the midsection, to make room for the gunbelt. The doors opened wide - suicide doors at back. He claimed that the hinge was an important feature, very strong, and allows a very wide opening for suspects going in the back. Rear seats were solid molded plastic, with shapes molded in for cuffed arms behind the back.

He did say it was an aluminum frame - maybe VVA from Lotus?

Even with the nice ideas, what police force can afford to buy a vehicle that doesn't have all parts available from a garden-variety dealer, anywhere?
lol, not much LUMBAR SUPPORT
 

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being built in Connersville, Indiana...engine is a 300hp turbo diesel sourced from BMW. A Local paper to me had a decent sized blurb on this car, and what it will mean in terms of jobs in Connersville and the surrounding area if it is successful. Only thing i don't get is why they would source a foreign powerplant when diesel engines are already fairly prevalent in the states.
 

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BMW diesels are among the best and cleanest available, run forever, and have more HP per liter than anything built in the US. Plus the parts are available readily. I heard BMW is selling 250,000 motors to the Connersville plant.

Pretty cool, the police deserve a safe, fast and clean running car. This thing takes a 75mph collison from the rear and keeps on going. It is designed to operate for 250,000 miles.

being built in Connersville, Indiana...engine is a 300hp turbo diesel sourced from BMW. A Local paper to me had a decent sized blurb on this car, and what it will mean in terms of jobs in Connersville and the surrounding area if it is successful. Only thing i don't get is why they would source a foreign powerplant when diesel engines are already fairly prevalent in the states.
 

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I took the opportunity to visit with the company folks and sit in the car for a touchy feely when they brought it to Savannah, it is a great concept but they will never be able to make price point to complete with Dodge/Ford.

The new 2012 Ford Interceptor based on the Taurus/500 vehicle will be a serious contender for most agency purchase orders. If you have not taken a look at it the thing makes serious power from its V6

Todd :)
 
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