The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office showed off the “newest and freeist” addition to their fleet over the weekend, and it’s a C7 Corvette Z06.
Bound to be the envy of everyone stuck in a Ford Police Interceptor Utility, the car was seized from a felony suspect and given an eye-catching wrap. The model was also outfitted with flashing red and blue lights, although traffic stops won’t be its forte as the vehicle will be used for community engagement and recruiting purposes.
Since the Sheriff’s Office knows some people would likely object to a Corvette patrol car, they claimed “no tax payer dollars were used to fund this vehicle.” As they explained, the “new wrap and upgrades were funded by the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation,” which is a nonprofit organization that aims to support employees of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office as well as foster community engagement while also promoting public safety.
NorthEscambia.com reports the 2016 Corvette Z06 [In the video it’s called a 2017] was seized from “local drug dealers” and its wrap features “iconic local scenes, including the landing of Don Tristan de Luna and the Blue Angels at Pensacola Beach.”
However, the model is more notable for having a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 650 hp (485 kW / 659 PS) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. This particular car appears to have a seven-speed manual and this allows the model to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds when equipped with the optional Z07 package.
Image credits: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, H/T to Road & Track