14,000 Carbon E7 Police Cars Wanted So Far

It's been a while since we've heard from Carbon Motors, the builders of the world's first purpose-built police car. The Indiana-based manufacturer announced however last week it has received orders from over 400 police agencies for 14,000 vehicles.

Of course, the reservations more of a promise than a commitment and they don't actually mean those ordering them have paid anything yet, or even signed a contract for the cars. With prices yet undisclosed, the E7 is said to go on sale in 2012.

Despite the now 14,000 reservations, the E7 didn't actually landed any orders yet. Meaning agencies like it, want it, but it all depends of how much it costs and how much it has to offer.

Powered by a BMW turbocharged six cylinder diesel engine, the E7 has a rear-wheel-drive and uses a unique aluminum unibody architecture. The Carbon E7 is the same length as the Charger (200 inches), but rides on a longer wheelbase (122 inches) and a much wider track (66.9 inches front and rear).

The engine is expected to output  300 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque using a six-speed automatic to drive the rear wheels. Carbon says it will hit 100 km/hour in 6.5 and top at a speed of 250 km/hour. Combined city/highway fuel consumption will be 28-30 mpg (12-13l/100 km).

Being a cop car from head to toe, it features a dashboard which allows seamless integration with whatever computer hardware and software a law enforcement agency might require.

In addition, a full partition between the front and rear seats reduces contact with arrested suspects.
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