Lotus Evora S ‘Carabinieri’ (2010): Playing Cops and Robbers

The spiritual home of the super car, Italy police forces are renowned for taking on a very limited number of fast exotic sports cars for special duties.

However, it was perhaps a surprise when the Italian Carabinieri military police took delivery of two specially modified British-made Lotus Evora S models. The matter becomes less surprising when one takes into consideration that the Evora S’ superb handling and high speed capabilities, and that its price tag is considerably more affordable than Italian exotics, which are occasionally donated to the police such as the Lamborghini Gallardo.

With smart midnight blue and red livery with a white roof and abbreviated emergency light rack, the Evora S ‘Carabinieri’ could well be the sexiest police car in the world, but while it’s mechanicals and performance are unaltered from stock, its roof lights and will shave off a few km/h from its top speed due to wind resistance. On a two-year stint with the Carabinieri, officers were given special training in piloting the Evora S at its limits at Lotus’ Hethel headquarters.

With the Carabinieri providing special public services in Italy, the Evora S pair are fitted with a rear refrigeration compartment for the swift transport of vital transplant organs and blood required for medical emergencies. The Evora S ‘Carabinieri’ also comes fitted with high tech Enhanced Vehicle Automation systems including the latest in voice recognition technology.

Specifications

  • Engine: 3.5-liter, mid-mounted supercharged V6-cylinders
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • Power, BHP (PS) [kW]: 345 (350) [257] @ 7000rpm
  • Torque, lb/ft (Nm): 295 (400) @ 4500rpm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.8-seconds
  • 0-160km/h: 11.3-seconds
  • Top speed: 277km/h
  • Fuel consumption, combined: 9.9 liters/100 km
  • CO2 emissions, combined: 229g/km
  • Length: 4342mm
  • Width, without: 1848mm
  • Height: 1223mm
  • Wheelbase: 2575mm
  • Kerb weight: 1436kg
  • Weight distribution, F/R: 39% / 61%
  • Steering: Power-assisted rack & pinion
  • Lock-to-lock: 2.86 turns
  • Suspension: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring, anti-roll bar