Ford new Police Interceptors Prove Capability in Grueling Police Testing
NOV
19

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.

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john no reason to dog the EcoBoost... Baja 1000 torture test proves it can handle what the LE vehicle will dish it
3 year(s) ago via
Jesse From what i have heard, the crown vics are ideal for the police because of the body on frame construction. These cars are relatively easy to repair. I heard police forces have autobody shops dedicated to repairing these cars after getting beat up in a high speed chase or some idiot hitting the car. With these new cars, repairs to the body will be significantly higher because of the body design. leading to higher costs for taxpayers to repair these new cars.
3 year(s) ago via
Marty I've been working in LE for many years and everyone in the departments I've been a part of always preferred the old Caprice to the Crown vic for power, handling and comfort. The CV has been the best alternative for LEOs compared to the current chevy and dodge alternatives, and I know many who will miss the trusty cv. FWD is not the way to go for ANY vehicle. if you think FWD handles better than RWD, you don't know how to drive. turbos = maintenance woes, no matter how well engineered. you have to use equipment that handles the abuse, which is why the CV did so well for years, simple enough to idle all day and hold up to the pounding of LE duty.
3 year(s) ago via
Cliff I'll miss the CV's as I have one. Love the car and it's rock solid reliability. Never had a problem from it. Wish I could say the same from my GM cars. The Taurus is a nice car, a great car really. The SHO reminds me of an Audi of yesteryear with its power delivery and performance. If I had a say in it, I'd continue the CV with an updated chassis, suspension, and powertrain. It wouldn't need the new 5.0L V8 but maybe the current 3 Valve 4.6L, thats good for over 300hp, and mated to a 6 speed transmission from the F-150, would achieve good gas mileage for its size. I would even leave the body alone. It's so familiar now that almost everyone in the world knows this car.
3 year(s) ago via
jerry berte what does the 5.0 gt stang do to the new camaro ss. i am an avid ford owner and im wondering what the stang will do to the camaro. ive driven a new camaro and was allowed to really stand on it.its a very good car as in very quick.i would prefer the v6 in either car.insurance on a g t is astronomical and also the chevy.300 horses is enough for me.mustang with performance pkg v6 is my choice.im in a 2010 fusion and i love this car.4cyl. the 3.5 fusion has got to be a real quicky.
3 year(s) ago via
CB In 2002-2003 our department went to the Impalas for gas mileage reasons due to the size of our county. BIG MISTAKE! What we saved in gas mileage we lost in vehicle maintenance due to constantly having cars in the transmission shop. So our Sheriff decided to go back to CV's. Now Ford is not going to produce a RWD. I guess we will probably go to Chargers b/c the man won't go back to FWD and will def. not let us have AWD.
3 year(s) ago via
chipahoy72 G.M.s answer to everything, more cubic inches, the ford will blow it away in handling and fuel economy, on top of that a 6.0 in a sled like the caprice is nothing to get up about, look what the 5.0 Mustang does to the Camaro!
3 year(s) ago via
RS I don't doubt it...BUT...considering that high speed pursuits here are more an exception than the norm, this hot V6 will be more than ample. A good showdown would be a SHO with that 5.0 vs. the Caprice with the 6.0. I think that 6.0 would be more than happy to tell you what the SHO's tail lamps look like in the brief second it'd have to see them as the SHO blew past it.
3 year(s) ago via
RS AGREED. The new Taurus is cool and all, but what about room? I've heard a lot of complaints about the new trend of mid-size squad cars. My friends in law enforcement, they loathed when their departments started using the Chargers and Impalas. To the point that they requested to have a three year old Vic rather than a new Charger. Neither had the room of the Vic, and the Charger's line of sight is a joke. Also, the reliability and toughness - we're talking about a Ford vs. wannabes here.
3 year(s) ago via
Anthony ....while continuing to cost tax payers large wads of money for fuel costs....most PI sit on the side of the road idling...at an engine 1/2half the size with equal performance, it's a no brainer....go Taurus SHO
3 year(s) ago via
Barry Melville General Motors - Australia , have contracts for supply of the Caprice PPV in the US and this vehicle with the 6.0litre motor knocks the ford right out of contention , sorry.
3 year(s) ago via
George Ewing scrap
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Dunne nothing wrong with aussie built cars tim, as for floor shifters what sort of hillbilly living in 2010 would want a column shift?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Coby Epperson these new cars for the police are awesome
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Holderle why are we selling fast cars to the enemy? sell them slow chebbies.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Corey Huff SHO interceptor!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Rios scared, happy and sad mixed in one. Keep up the good work Ford!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mýa Parker Wow, very intriguing. Love the exterior design, so sleek.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Anonymous User Damn pinky!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Pat Ford v6 === I HAVE A V8 FORD MUSTANG 5.0 HIGH OUT PUT WITH A SHIFT KIT TRANS , PUSH BAR, AND MUCH MUCH MORE,TV
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave I will take one of each please. These are awesome machines!
3 year(s) ago via
Tim Theodorou I wish Ford would keep the Panther platform alive. We will see how these new cars hold up. having once owned a 97 CVPI and now a 2006 CVPI, I am very pleased with the Crown Victoria. At least this isnt made in Austrialia with a stupid floor shifter (Chevrolet Caprice is both). Is Ford going to offer "Street Appearance Packages" for these Interceptors?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Hawbold what about the PIT maneuver? I know there still are police depts out there that still rely on that to stop a fleeing suspect. The PIT tends to tear up a FWD a lot more than a RWD Live axle P71.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Fersch Police aren't hammering the throttle 24/7. With the Ecoboost, the power is there when you need it. The other 99% of the time, it'll be sipping fuel.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ross Hadyniak However they should take the 5 liter like Kevin stated and put it back in the vics.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Luis Nieves FORD ALL DAY!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ross Hadyniak P71s won't meet emissions in 2012 that's why they will be no more. As far the ecoboost, they are very powerful but the only way to get power is when your in the boost which means fuel economy and with twin turbos comes a lot of heat. Therefore fuel economy won't be as great as stated.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin Howard i have a p-71 and modified it and now i get over 28mpg hwy and 21 city and have also improved horse power and handling.with more to come.the new 412 hp 5.0 would be better than any v6!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Trevor Stacey Nice car's.... But the Crown Vic is the best Police Interceptor that Ford ever built. Nothing will replace it... I think that they should keep the Vic in production and just add these new "police" cars to the line up of Fords police vehicle's they have to offer.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kelsey Allen Campbell oh yeah go ford
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jordan Haughee The P71 was old and clunky and the 4.6 v8 was hardly a gas sipper. Ford was wise to get a newer v6 with better mileage and more power, I'm not too keen on the FWD. For what it's worth the crown Vic was a machine and could take a beating. We will see if the new vehicle will be as durable.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Cuttle Why can't I "share" this link?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Hawbold The P71 was fine. Why get rid of something that's been effective for years? It's always a seller.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Melanie Stumler Coleman There are going to be some happy officers on the road in these cars!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jason Walker nice set the new cars are amazing, ford went above and beyond with these cars
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Evans ROBOCOP!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Susan Brooks Peters Like the old school black & white cop cars.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shelbe I agree, Ford should have cont'd the Vicky maybe with a slight bit of bodywork upgrading, and the new 5.0 as a base engine. Could have been fun as a sleeper car too!
3 year(s) ago via
Get Real It's not all about engine size, a Crown Vic with a 5.0 might have been quick, but the new police interceptor would have still been able turn circles around it. The Crown Vic is an overweight and aging platform. Seeing the popularity of the new Charger Police interceptors from Dodge, Ford has done the right thing.
3 year(s) ago via
kevin the crown vic with the new 5.0L v8 would be better .but for made a poor choice by discontinuing the crown victoria
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