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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Texas Police Department Adds Corvette Z06 to Its Fleet


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Just a few years ago, the biggest news in police vehicles was the migration from Ford Crown Vics to the likes of Dodge Chargers and Ford Explorers. Then things kind of subsided, but one police department in Texas has a new acquisition that blows those vehicles away.
According to the NY Daily News, the New Braunfels Police Department can now count a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as part of its fleet. The car was seized as part of an operation that broke up a meth smuggling ring, and was converted for police duty.

New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator David Ferguson says the court determined the car was purchased using drug money. As part of the refit, police graphics were added, including the message, “This vehicle was seized from a Drug Dealer.” “It’s kind of like a driving billboard for drug dealers and criminals saying ‘Hey look, crime doesn’t pay,” says Furgeson.


Before the arrival of the ZR-1, the Z06 was the big dog of the previous-generation Corvette. It features a 7-liter (427 cubic inch) LS7 big block V8, cranking out 505 horsepower. It also features stiffer sway bars, a supercar-quality dry-sump oil system, and an aluminum frame that makes it 136 pounds lighter than the standard frame of that year. It is capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
The KENS news anchor calls is a “Z-6,” which is sure to cause a few Corvette owners’ undergarments to get in a bunch. They also jump on the fact that the Z06 was $80,000 when new. That may have been the case in 2007, but the current price of that car is about half on the used market. New Ford Police Utility Interceptors (Explorers) cost between $30,000 and $40,000, so getting a Corvette for free is still a better deal.