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    Cop Corvette proves to be arresting

    Cop Corvette proves to be arresting

    Saturday, February 2, 2008
    Detroit AutoNews Insider

    General Motors Corp.'s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz used his online blog this week to strike fear into the hearts of Michigan's speed demons.

    Under the header "Your worst nightmare," Lutz posted a photo of GM's 620-horsepower super Corvette, the ZR1. The twist: This Vette comes decked in a Michigan State Police logo with a light bar atop.

    The police cruiser Corvette was conceived by a GM team that put together a presentation for Lutz to give before a Flint civic group that raises money to help law enforcement and other emergency agencies. The team thought it would be fun to dress up a Corvette to look like a police car for a slide presentation on GM's future products.

    The idea was a hit with the crowd, GM spokesman Dee Allen said, and Lutz thought it would be fun to post on his FastLane blog. Soon afterward, auto Web sites rushed to put up links to the photo and, as of Friday, hundreds of people posted comments.

    The photo even generated buzz over at police headquarters in Lansing. Allen said GM got a call from the folks who coordinate test drives of police fleet vehicles in Lansing wondering if GM might bring the ZR1 for a spin.

    "If we had Corvettes, our troopers would think it was cool," State Police spokeswoman Shannon Akans said. "Obviously, though, we're not making any plans to purchase a $100,000 Corvette."

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