• Dec 10, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of the Police Evo X

The South Yorkshire police just added a ten to their squad. No, that's not a sexist statement about some new hire, it's a reference to the new Mitsubishi Evolution X they just added to the fleet. Joining an already-intimidating Evo VIII and IX in the motorpool is a specially equipped X that should help keep the Road Crime Unit (RCU) ahead of the baddies. The Evo X should be more than adequate for tracking down drug dealers and car thieves by itself, but deployed as a pack, the trio of Evos will probably scare scofflaws into simply giving up the chase.

The new Evolution X squad car will also be fitted with an onboard Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, which allows officers to "check who the vehicle is registered to and if there is anything remotely suspicious about the vehicle." So it even does a bit of detective work, too. This sounds like just about the perfect pursuit and apprehend vehicle. While it's no Lamborghini LP560-4, it's no i MIEV either. Looks a bit like that Carbon Motors E7, but it's a proven platform with SUPER ARREST POTENTIAL! There's a full press release after the jump and a small gallery of high-res pics available below.


[Source: Mitsubishi]

PRESS RELEASE

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE HUNT IN PACKS WITH THEIR LANCER EVOLUTION TRILOGY
  • Lancer Evolution X to be used in the Road Crime Unit
  • Inspector praises Evolution's strong visual impact, performance and safety credentials
  • All-new Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system adds extra value to crime stoppers

Evo X Has Excellent Pursuit Capabilities
The new Police specification Evolution X has arrived with South Yorkshire Police to the great delight of its drivers, and the chagrin of local villains. The new car will be used alongside the ever present Evolution VIII and IX in the Road Crime Unit where proactive road policing is the mission and officers will be driving the new car in cases involving drug dealers and car thieves. "The Evo X was the car of choice because of its excellent pursuit capabilities and the fact that so much time and effort has been put into maximising performance whilst minimising the risk of accidents" Inspector Slack explained.


An intimidating view for any criminal

The Hunted Will Give Up
The new member of the team will be used on the same missions and at the same time as its previous-generation siblings, creating such a strong visual impact that the vehicle being pursued will often simply give up the chase and pull over, knowing they won't be able to out-run the RCU. What is more, the Police Evolutions 'hunt' in packs of three, which, Inspector Slack explained is often enough of a deterrent that high-speed chases are avoided.

Evo X Has The Latest Software and Hardware
Not only will the new Evolution X be one of the most capable performing cars, it will also be fitted with the latest Police hardware and software combinations. The onboard Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system allows officers to check who the vehicle is registered to and if there is anything remotely suspicious about the vehicle.


The latest hi-tech ANPR system is now fitted to the Evolution X


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      • 6 Years Ago
      ok where do i apply for work there ??????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im wondering, how much weight did all that equippment add to the car?
      In anycase, the awesomeness is un-deniable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look at that beautiful Evo Vlll...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh my... that's a hat trick from the Brits tonight.

      1st score: TopGear Fiesta video
      2nd score: New Focus RS pics
      3rd score: This really cool Evo cop car

      Good game.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When you don't have to spend your police budget on guns, you have more money to buy fancy cop cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the looks of that interior shot, the Police have the $2K optional Rockford Fosgate Navi/head unit. Nice. I wonder if they're kickin it with the subwoofer also.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think all of the Evos with the SST pretty much come with the Navi in them. At least here in Chicago every MR I've run across has it. I'm the only Evo X owner I know with the regular 6-disc changer instead of the "Multi-Communucation System" or whatever Mitsubishi calls it these days. I still have the 600 watt Rockfor Fosgate action, though, with the subwoofer.

        I would pull over, though, because those probably have 360hp and not the 291 like my poor American Evo does.

        And they "hunt" in packs of 3... yeah, I can only imagine how much those guys love their jobs right about now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i really hope the police over here don't get any ideas like that.
      i dont want to start seeing C5 z06's with cherrys in my rearview.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SUPER ARREST POTENTIAL!

      Hilarious :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Almost like Hot Fuzz!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Point Break or Bad Boys II?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Little hand says it's time to rock and roll.
        • 6 Years Ago
        perfect for apprehending geese
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yarp!
      • 6 Years Ago
      lol i love that picture with the bmw
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say, maybe they could use this to fill a certain soon-to-be-vacant Wednesday time slot.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's called Police Interceptors.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_Interceptors

        They use both the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Evo. I think one episode focused on the chief trying out a new Evo X at a trade show.

        Same channel that Fifth Gear airs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good call! That would be something I would watch!
      • 6 Years Ago
      where the heck is "South Yorkshire"? Home of cute fluffy white dogs?
        • 6 Years Ago
        South Yorkshire.

        Just below North Yorkshire. Contains City of Sheffield.
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