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2011-07-26 08:39

GREEN MACHINE: Although it’s finished in regulation police blue, this Evora is sure to turn Italian automotive traditionalists green (Lotus’s corporate colour) with envy.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lotus
Model Evora
Engine 3.5-litre V6
Power 206kW
Torque 342Nm
Zero To Hundred 5.2 sec
Top Speed 260km/h
The land of Ferrari, elegantly organised crime and outlandish sunglasses needs some very special policing.

This responsibility falls to Italy’s military police, the carabinieri. Considering their elite status, a standard Fiat patrol car would never do...

Italian law-enforcement agencies are well known for their premium patrol cars; the country’s state police operated a one-off Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia until wrecking it in 2009.

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The latest performance two-door to gain official recognition among Italy’s police is the Lotus Evora. Donated by Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar (previously head of Ferrari’s marketing effort), the British performance coupes will do duty for two years in the carabinieri precinct around Rome and Milan.

High-speed pursuits will be the carabinieri’s latest toys’ forte, with the Evora’s mid-mounted Toyota 3.5 V6 good for 206kW and a top speed of 260km/h.

The car’s inherent stability, a feature of any Lotus product, will be well suited to its secondary role as a rapid response medical vehicle, transporting blood and vital organs to accident scenes or hospital operating theatres. Appropriately, the carabinieri’s Evoras have been configured with a special refrigerated compartment behind the front seats.

The carabinieri Evoras also feature the latest voice-recognition technology, are finished in regulation police issue dark lacquer, contrasted with white lettering, and finished-off with a rather official-looking roof-mounted lightbar.

So, if you ever find yourself in severe trouble outside Rome or Milan, as the cause or simply the victim, expect a Lotus Evora to be first on scene to assist you.

Or arrest you.
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