The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) conducts some of the toughest testing of police vehicles in the country. At a recent session, the soon-to-be-released Ford Police Interceptor demonstrated their performance attributes, with the sedan recording the fastest lap time of any police car in those tests.
The Ford Police Interceptor AWD sedan, equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost™ engine, delivered an impressive 0-60 mph performance of 5.8 seconds and the fastest lap time – trumping all V8 competition from Chevrolet and Dodge. The Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.
Equally impressive, Ford’s base 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT Police Interceptor sedan with AWD showcased stellar handling and performance, beating all V6 competitors in braking, acceleration and lap times. The combination of 280 horsepower with twin-independent variable cam timing technology, six-speed transmission and unique pursuit suspension tuning and calibration delivered the goods.
For the first time ever, Ford will also offer a Police Interceptor utility vehicle equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine and all-wheel-drive technology. When tested with a 400-pound loaded cargo box, the Police Interceptor utility posted the fastest lap time, beating the Chevrolet Tahoe by more than two seconds.
This new portfolio of Ford Police Interceptor vehicles provides departments the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two bodystyles, AWD or FWD and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20 percent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
The all-new Police Interceptor sedan was first shown in March 2010, followed by the utility version in September. You can read the article about the Police Interceptor sedan on theFordStory by clicking here, and read about the utility Police Interceptor by clicking here. Both Ford Police Interceptors debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.