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It may look like something out of Grand Theft Auto, but the Carbon TX7 multi-purpose police truck will begin protecting the streets of America within 12 months if its designers have their way.

Indiana-based homeland security company Carbon Motors announced the intimidating TX7 ‘Multi Mission Vehicle’ is now available for US emergency service departments to order, with production slated to start in late 2013.

At 6.9m long, 2.5m wide and 3.0m tall (picture a 2x2x2 stack of Volkswagen Up! hatchbacks), the Carbon TX7 has room for 10 occupants, and has been designed for prisoner transport and personnel carrying, surveillance and integrated incident command duties.

The Carbon TX7 teams a 224kW/813Nm-plus turbo diesel V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels of the off-road-capable police truck.

Offering NIJ Level III-A ballistic protection, the TX7’s unique standard features list includes a weapons of mass destruction threat detection warning system, reconnaissance system with unmanned aerial vehicle deployment and control, holding cell, infrared cameras and thermal imaging system, and roof-mounted solar panels.

The Carbon TX7 is priced from US$149,950 ($142,400), which Carbon says makes it competitive in a segment of vehicles that typically starts at several hundred thousand dollars and ranges up to US$2 million.




  • Westie

    I’m sure they’d sell a bundle in affluent suburbs to the yummy mummy school run set!
    More imposing than any Q7 or X5.

  • asdf

    robots in disguise?

  • Henry Toussaint

    They Really like to style there cars like toys…

  • Nasal Explorer

    I don’t think they will be able to use that for covert surveillance.

    • Dave W

      lol yeah, I was gonna say how are they gonna use the ugliest car for surveillance? That thing sticks out like a sore thumb.

      • Aidan

        Lol, this thing isn’t even a sore thumb, this thumbs been entirely cut off and has little to do with the hand anymore.

  • InterestedPerson

    F-Ugly man – whats with the weird head lights? 

  • Grosborn

    I like the yellow one

  • PIZZA

    I hope EA will upload this truck in need for speed most wanted….

  • Peanut

    If I couldn’t design a better looking truck with some crayons and a ruler in 5 mins I would shoot myself.

  • Troll No. 56

    Like their police car, it will probably turn out to be an expensive flop that nobody wants.