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Lotus Evora S Police Cars

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On: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Evora S Police Cars

Public service has never been a glamorous life. You either work hard for relatively low pay or you take bribes and defraud the public, get caught and go to jail. Police officers, for instance, are likely to be seen driving around in a nondescript Ford or Chevy both on-duty and off. Not exactly the "high life.” But every once in a while, police forces get a taste of the good life by getting high-tech, sporty cars to use for patrol. The Italian military police known as Arma dei Carabinieri is the latest force to have a couple sweet rides in its ranks.

Lotus donated two specially outfitted Evora S models to the police force for its Rome and Milan units. Like any good police cars, these two Lotus cruisers have all the mandatory equipment: lights, communications equipment, and a voice-recognition system called Enhanced Vehicle Automation. Because these are more than your average patrol car, each car also comes with a refrigerated compartment in the rear, designed to keep organs on ice during transport. Presumably, it could also keep the officers' soda or iced cappuccino cold when they have to unexpectedly run out on a bust—assuming that drinking something out of the organ cooler is kosher with the officer(s) in question.

Lotus chief Dany Bahar said of the occassion: "Everyone knows that Italy has more than its fair share of high-profile sports-car manufacturers, so it’s a real honor for a relatively small British brand to be in this position. The feedback from the driver training on the Evora S at our test track was very positive."

The Evora S packs plenty of high-speed-pursuit power, boasting 345 horses and 295 lb-ft in its 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The small, light car can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and screech all the way to 172 mph.

I love Lotuses, and I love the Evora S, but it just doesn't translate into an intimidating police car. It looks cool and all, but a small Lotus coupe just doesn't say "Big, bad moustached cop that you don't wanna' mess with." It's more like "Cosmopolitan man of the world that enjoys Parisian sunsets and leisurely lunches." Not the right car for the job, if you ask me.

Unfortunately for the rank and file of the Carabinieri, only specially trained officers will get to drive this one, and they've already received training from Lotus. The cars are on loan to the police for two years.

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dwalter | 3:03PM (Tue, Aug 16, 2011)

It's like Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, but in real life!

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