As the American police cars get the all the big sedans such as the Ford Taurus Interceptor or the Chevrolet Caprice, the European police cars are going for the smaller version of the BMW MINI E. AC Schnitzer is producing a tuning package for the MINI E police car, which is being displayed at the 2010 Essen Motor Show.
The BMW MINI E is an all-electric car that is powered by an electric motor with 204 hp with 162 lb-ft of torque. The battery can be fully charged through a standard outlet in about eight hours. But there is also a higher amperage charger available that will be installed in the customer’s garage enabling a full recharge in just 2.5 hours. BMW claims that the lithium-ion battery has an estimated driving range of 150 miles, and that is plenty to get around town all day. In acceleration, the MINI E can sprint from 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 95 mph.
Much of the electric powertrain remains the same, but AC Schnitzer’s tuning package adds a bit of safety equipment and bodykit to make the MINI E police car looks more stylish. The new MINI E police car gets classic Polizei colors of light blue and silver and new signaling system mounted on the roof. The tuning package also includes front and rear bumpers, lowered side skirts, bonnet vents and a large roof spoiler.
There is also optional equipment which includes 18-inch MI 2 8-spoke wheels with high-performance Hankook Ventus S1 Evo tires, ventilated disk brake system with 328mm 4-caliper, and set of suspension kit that lowers the car 1-inch all four corners.
AC Schnitzer’s tuning package with be ready to ship out as soon as the MINIs come off the production platform.