Municipal Hoonage: 2007 Elgin Pelican P

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The mighty Mike Austin, former of MPH as well as ours truly, now spends his time at the head of the class, long-lead testing such automotive n00bs as the Jaguar XF and Mitsubishi Evo X. Of course the key benefit to such a gig is getting on the horn to a supplier of municipal maintenance vehicles and barking something like, "bring it over," and having them jump to do so. That's power. Of course, when they bring over the Pelican P — the classic street sweeper — instead of the Road Wizard or the named-after-a-70s-prog-rock-trio Crosswind Fury, you have to be gracious. [Car and Driver]


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This says it all:

PRICE AS TESTED: $140,900 (base price: $134,250)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged pushrod 8-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 276 cu in, 4519cc

Power (SAE net): 99 bhp @ 2500 rpm

Torque (SAE net): 274 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: computer-controlled hydrostatic drive


Wheelbase: 127.4 in Length: 192.0 in Width: 102.0 in Height: 118.5 in

Curb weight: 14,300 lb


Zero to 10 mph: 3.1 sec

Zero to 20 mph: 10.6 sec

Top speed (drag limited): 23 mph

Roadholding, 100-ft-dia skidpad: 0.37 g