Escort's highly-acclaimed Passport 8500 detector utilizes a state-of-the-art microwave receiver and proprietary software for ultra-high sensitivity and complete immunity to VG-2 (radar detector detectors). The Passport 8500 arrives in an Escort travel case, with a quick-release windshield mount, built-in earphone jack, and coiled cord — it's a great traveling companion.

The Passport 8500 features an AutoSensitivity mode, which automatically reduces false alarms while maintaining high sensitivity. For visibility and ease of use, you'll appreciate the ultra-bright matrix display with its 280 LEDs and the three high-resolution meter modes. And the "ExpertMeter" display identifies band and relative signal strength on up to 8 signals simultaneously.

The on-board processor can be reprogrammed and updated to protect you against the latest developments in radar and laser technology. "EZ Programming" lets you store your preferred settings for ten different functions. The unique power cord even has a built-in alert lamp, pilot light, and mute button.

Sorry, but we cannot ship radar detectors to Virginia or the District of Columbia. Escort products do not qualify for free shipping.

  • super-high sensitivity for the earliest possible warning
  • advanced reprogrammable digital signal processing (protects your detector against obsolescence)
  • VG-2 immunity (invisible to radar detector detectors)
  • digital and audio alerts for radar, laser, SWS, and VG2
  • multiple high-performance laser sensors for optimum coverage
  • power-on indication
  • signal strength meter
  • auto mute
  • city/highway modes, plus AutoSensitivity mode for greater resistance to false alarms
  • 3 brightness levels plus dark mode
  • EZ Programming for preferred settings retention
  • dimensions: 3-1/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 5-5/16"D
  • 1-year warranty

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What's in the box?

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  • Radar Detector in custom travel case
  • SmartCord cigarette lighter adapter with attached 8' coiled cord
  • Adapter for larger cigarette lighters
  • Windshield mount bracket with 2 suction cups
  • 2 Extra suction cups
  • Owner's Manual (includes product registration and info on ordering accessories and extended warranty)

Features and Specs

X Band Radar Yes
K Band Radar Yes
KA Photo Radar Yes
KA Wideband Radar Yes
Laser Front/Rear
Pulse Warning Yes
VG-2 Protection Yes
Display & Alerts
Dimmer Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Visual Alerts Bar
Audible Alerts 5
Mute Yes
Earphone Jack Yes
Visor Clip Optional
Straight Cord Opt
Coiled Cord 8'
Case Included Yes
Battery Powered No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Technical Information


VG2: This unit uses a SmartShield VG2 Immunity to make it invisible to radar detector detectors.

Range: With a new waveguide antenna, state-of-the-art microwave receiver, and advanced digital signal processing, the sensitivity of the 8500 is dramatically improved.

SmartCord Cigarette Lighter Adapter: The cigarette lighter plug has an alert LED which lights even when the unit is in the "Dark" mode and a mute button incase the unit is not within easy reach.

Earphone jack: There is a standard 3.5mm earphone jack on the right side of the unit.

Laser Port: There are front and rear Laser sensors for complete coverage.

Voltage Meter: One of the power indicator options is a voltage meter, this provides a continuous, digital readout of your vehicle's battery voltage and warns you if the voltage rises above 16.5 volts or drops below 10.5 volts.

Mounting: The detector is mounted to the windshield using the included adjustable bracket. A visor clip is also available directly from escort.

Auto Mute: After the initial audible alert, the volume is automatically reduced, so you need not manually mute the sound. This feature can be defeated.

Mute Button: Once an alarm sounds, it can be silenced using the mute button.

Highway/City Switch: The highway and city mode can be switched manually or set to automatic.

Display: The alpha numeric display uses 280 LEDs and can display alert type, signal strength, and even radar frequency.

Multiple Signal Tracking: Using an advanced display option, this unit can track up to eight radar signals simultaneously.

EZ-Programming: This radar detector provides 9 driver selectable features that allow you to customize how alerts and indicators are presented to you. These include adjustments to the power indicator, power on sequence, signal strength meter, automute function, audio tones, city mode sensitivity, display brightness, dark mode, and which bands are active.

Safety Warning System: The radar detector has a Safety Warning System (SWS) with 64 visual text message alerts. SWS alerts you of highway construction/maintenance, highway hazard zones, weather related hazards, travel/convenience information and emergency/slow moving vehicles.

Memory Retention: Memory retention eliminates the need to reset your preferred feature settings each time your unit is turned on/off.

Technical Information

Receiver Frequencies:

  • X Band 10.525 GHz +/- 25 MHz
  • K Band 24.150 GHz +/- 100 MHz
  • Ka Band 34.7 GHz +/- 1300MHz
  • Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth

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