What You Don’t Want to See in Your Rearview Mirror
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12

How do you top the industry’s leading police car? The Ford Crown Victoria has held that title for 15 years. When production of this model ends late in 2011, it will be replaced by the all-new Ford Police Interceptor, engineered to exceed durability, safety and performance of the current model.

The all-new Police Interceptor is designed to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading powertrain, safety and technology innovations. Ford will also add a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs. More details will be released in the third quarter of this year.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle – engineered and built in America – that’s as dynamic as it is durable,” said Mark Fields, Ford President of the Americas.

To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.

A focus on safety

Continuing Ford’s safety leadership includes engineering the Police Interceptor to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. Currently, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only pursuit sedan to meet this test.

The new Police Interceptor also features Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy® side-curtain air bag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain air bags use Ford’s unique Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window.

Increased power, enhanced sophistication

Ford’s Police Interceptor engine strategy will provide a V6 lineup that performs equal to or better than V8 engines. The lineup comes with two powertrain options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements.

A highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6-liter Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Plus, an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lb. of torque across a broad rpm range.

EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Offering performance that bests normally aspirated V8 powered police cruisers and comparable fuel economy and CO2 emissions to the standard V6, EcoBoost represents a triple-win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve and the environment they help collectively to preserve.

A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system.

Rigidly tested, police-tuned

Throughout its development, Ford’s new Police Interceptor has been put through the paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure its individual components can hold up to the rigorous driving styles of police professionals.

Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department evaluates the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of tests where the car’s systems are pushed to the limits for nearly an hour and a half – far exceeding the demands most patrol cars ever experience.

To meet the rigors of the durability testing, the brakes have been increased in size and performance. The cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator.  Its honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more air flow throughout the vehicle. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.

The Police Interceptor second row also has been optimized to address police-specific needs. The vinyl seats are specially sculpted and set back to improve second-row space and maximize legroom. The back door hinges are modified to open up another 10 degrees versus traditional rear doors.

The Ford Police Interceptor also is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment necessary for officers to do their jobs.

Ford’s new Police Interceptor sedan will be manufactured at Ford’s Chicago (Ill.) Assembly Plant and will be offered without interruption when production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

For more information about the all-new Police Interceptor, click here to go to fordpoliceinterceptor.com.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
John Bryfonski Fantastic upgrade; better performance; handles like a sports car; AWD gives us great traction in the winter and we are saving thousands on gas and significantly more safe.  
9 months(s) ago via
Joe Waggoner I spent 4 years in Australia in the late 60s and early 70s. Sent there by the military, I took my 67 Buick GS400 (340HP) with me. The Aussies came out with the Ford Falcon with the Australian 351 Cleveland, which is a totally different and better than the 351 used in the States. This Falcon was a beautiful car and had power to burn. I drove my friend's new Falcon (5 speed) and it got away from me when I hit the accelerator. They do wonders with our engines down there.
10 months(s) ago via
T C What would be nice is if Ford would offer a police package option for the civilian versions of the Taurus. That would be nice to be able to order a civillian Taurus with heavy duty, brakes, steering, suspension, cooling system, etc. Why should only cop cars have everything heavy duty? I wonder if a customer can order a cop car from the dealership?
2 year(s) ago via
Mark Still driving my 2001 Crown Vic Interceptor at work. Love it. A very reliable an predictable car that delivers in a pursuit and during daily drives. The days of torque stands are at their end. Technology can be a bad thing for real drivers.
3 year(s) ago via
Aaron What I believe is good about these new models is that they have to be super reliable for the police/government in which they will also in return be just as reliable for the public.
3 year(s) ago via
Arnold Me too we all will!
3 year(s) ago via
Arnold (wasn't someone who had to repair them every day while keeping costs minimal) You're Right!!! I can't Imagine how hard it's going to be the pain for us trying to fix and keeping costs minimal. CVPI P71's Are safe, comfortable and Tough. Easy and cheap to maintain. I also think Ford is making a big mistake.
3 year(s) ago via
Arnold Well, I guess this is the end of the cool, comfortable and tough Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. I thought they were goin to continue the production until at lease 2013 but with the DOHC 4.6L V8 but oh well.. I guess AWD 3.5L EcoBoost Won this one. =) I don't know if the new Police Interceptor transmission and suspension are as heavy duty and as cheap to maintain as it is with the CVPI. We'll see after 5 Years. Thanks ** (2006-2011 CVPI will last for long time)
3 year(s) ago via
Martyn Police Interceptor LOL Been watching too many Mad Max movies have we?
3 year(s) ago via
fleet repair #12 I think Ford is making a big mistake trying a FWD replacement. I for one was around when we tried FWD before in my department. We hated them. They couldn't take the curbs or field use and were always needing service. Really liked the RWD p71s. They had easy to switch out body on frame panels, allowing short down times. Dependable and safe in collisions too. We are now looking at other sources instead of Ford now. Planning on putting a few RWD models in service to determine dependability. Ford is loosing us for the time though due to past experience. I'm not sure who designed this blunder, surely wasn't someone who had to repair them every day while keeping costs minimal. Uni-body too costly to repair and we can't afford to throw them out like the MFG probably wants.
3 year(s) ago via
Mike I have owed 4 Marquis' a Town car and a Crown Vic and have loved them all.I guess after 2011 I will have to buy used but at least the ford execs are forward thinking to try and keep the market for police cars and other fleet outfits. I hope this works and the car looks and sounds great.Good job Ford!!!!!
3 year(s) ago via
Dale you won't lose any trunk space , you obviously haven't seen the Taurus trunk.......
3 year(s) ago via
james larsen I'm sure I will see one of these pulling me over in my mustang gt before long!
3 year(s) ago via
rumbler yeah no kidding! wait till one chases my truck and i'll run over a ramp an guess what?! I'll see a FWD cristmas tree leave an oil trail an Quit with a puff o' steam. Ha!
4 year(s) ago via
Mike I sure wish FORD would get Jeep away from Chrysler. I am so sick of Chrysler's powerless engine choices. Jeeps can really take the punishment, and would make great Interceptors if they had FORD engines in them.
4 year(s) ago via
Mike Has to be 4 doors. 2 door cars are only good for multi-car speed traps
4 year(s) ago via
Mike Yes. That turbo would have to run like a supercharger to get the police to want it. The last thing they want is turbo lag when trying to perform a pit manevour.
4 year(s) ago via
Tom I wish Ford would come out with a 2011 Mustang Saleen Police Interceptor Package.
4 year(s) ago via
Mitch your tellin me this is ganna outrun the new 2011 mustang GT??? it can do better than 0-60 in 4.3 secconds?? i doubt that!! call it what you want and talk it up, there is no way that thing is ganna catch anybody with a half-decent ride
4 year(s) ago via
John Someones full of POO!!!! The Chevy Caprice is not available yet therefore has not been sold to any departments and the new Ford will not be offered for order or sale until the Crown Vic ends production in August 2011....
4 year(s) ago via
RJK I'm afraid that I'll have to disagree with you on a few of these points, Tark, and have to agree with Troy. First of all, fwd cars handle in no way what so ever with rwd cars, and awd is yet another driving experience entirely. There are reasons that NASCAR, CART, and Indy cars are rear drive-not the least of which are durability and handling. Most police agencies worldwide pilot rwd cars as well, again, for a reason. As far as BOF construction vs. unibody, there is no comparison between the two in a police cruiser, with equipment loads taken into account. One needs a more durable "truck-like" platform to carry the load, and rwd to do it in pursuit. FWD is prone to understeer to begin with, and with the added weight pushing it through corners, I guarantee it will not be a pleasant driving experience. BOF construction, AWD w/bias to the rear wheels, and a cast iron, high output V-8 are the ticket to longevity, handling and performance in this arena, as any police officer performance driver will tell you. Amanda, as a driver in New York, I can tell you that there is nowhere you're going to go in a FWD car that I can't get to in a RWD car, and without the handling surprises that lifting your foot off the gas on an ice covered, windy road will give you in a FWD car. And a RWD car is infinitely more able to recover after it has "lost it" than any FWD car that I know of. Todays FWD cars are no the Oldsmobile Toronados of yesteryear with a couple of tons of metal and a 455ci motor sitting over the front axles, but a different breed entirely. This makes them good as errand boys, or day to day grocery-getters, but not as multi-weather limits of performance, carry-all, police cruisers. Equip any Crown Vic or Caprice with Positraction and studded tires-or tire chains, and with the load the police are carrying in these beasts, you'd be hard pressed to find a FWD car of todays era that could come near all of the tasks they're capable of. Further, get your FWD stuck, and I'll do the same in a RWD, and we'll see who frees their vehicle sooner. Ford had some sharp thinking in keeping with their RWD, full-sized sedans...now I'm thinking they've lost it. As the other cars return to RWD, they are getting punch-drunk and going away from it. As an old school GM RWD guy (Pontiacs in particular), their was a reason that I switched margues to Mercury Grand Marquis...c'mon Ford-don't mess up a good thing now!
4 year(s) ago via
RJK I couldn't agree more. Not to mention increased labor costs with a more techinically complicated and sardined drivetrain package.
4 year(s) ago via
RJK Could have stuck with the Crown Vic, and the new motor, in my book. Perhaps a Marauder makeover...in any event, all of us aren't so in love with everything being some "euro-style" adaptation. Give me big rear drive American iron that looks American, thank you.
4 year(s) ago via
Adam the Beretta is the most P.O.S. car chevy has ever mad aside from the geo. I had a fully hooked up beretta and those chargers walk the beretta without even trying.
4 year(s) ago via
Ben I couldn't agree more! Beautiful car, and great performance! Kudos
4 year(s) ago via
Dillan In Miami, the under-cover cops use black Lambos.
4 year(s) ago via
Brandon Ive been working with the tradicional crown vic.police int. and has been a excellent vehicle for our fleet especialy when some of these vehicle run 24hrs a day 7 daysa week,very low maintenance i am very dissapointed in ford with the end of the crown vic,i would have loved to seen a new body style crown vic with a 5.4 lt and bigger tires with tuned suspension but that is just me,i know all those city,state,fed fleets are looking for economy and abought saving money on fuel,but the new police interceptor is just a ford taurus with all wheel drive jakked up in steroids i dont think is going to hold up and all the money saving in fuel will go down the toilet when you start replacing expensive parts besides just regular maintenance,being front wheel drive and rear wheel drive no good,but oh well we will find out maybe we can be wrong,i just wish ford the best and i still love there products,good luck...
4 year(s) ago via
javeria ford is just superb. i love it
4 year(s) ago via
mark oooooooooo m the crown vic is better but this is really good
4 year(s) ago via
Pat Enter Hey, LoL - Wouldn't it be great two, if we all could drive one? For me, i'm a huge man of 60+ and seeking my angle to serve the public in law enforcement and a downright stickler for advocatin' citizens on patrol. Mighty Fine
4 year(s) ago via
Go Go Gadget How about kickin back in one of those twenty years ago when electricity was really deregulated in Central Texas? At the least they could'a used Buick's patent for the seatbelt tensioner in the back seat of the current one's. Lat
4 year(s) ago via
Mike Hopefully they oust the contract dodge has with alot of the law enforcment offices if I get arrested I would rather be in a Ford.... All hail the new 302
4 year(s) ago via
Christopher Actually, I have driven FWD cars. And that is precicesly why I will never own one. RWD offers vastly superior handling dynamics and ride quality as compared to FWD. Also, with RWD, there's no torque steer-a common problem with FWD vehicles, especially those with over 200hp. FWD vehicles are weight biased toward the front, which translates into understeer, and undesirable trait. When a FWD car understeers, there's no way to counter with throttle oversteer since the rear wheels aren't powered. In the case of the AWD in the Taurus, only about 40% maximum power can be sent to the rear wheels at any given time. RWD cars, on the other hand, have generally balanced weight distribution, which contributes to better overall handling. Why don't you go drive a rear-drive car? Then maybe I'll take your comments seriously.
4 year(s) ago via
mando actually they only had one lambo and it was donated and that car is wrecked now it got crashed trying to evade a car infront of it
4 year(s) ago via
James i think the ford has way better performance and is faster and more durable than the crown vic
4 year(s) ago via
Seán build something nicer that this car..... Bring back the Rs Cosworth
4 year(s) ago via
vetteman It will be funny to see them stuff a 300 pound man in the back seat of this compact.
4 year(s) ago via
detox012003 How about a Ford spot with some photoshopped robocop footage. That would really boost interest!
4 year(s) ago via
Sean Devero Please do not use the Taurus for a interceptor model, you will do nothing but hurt the people who enjoy the privilege of driving a Taurus. By making it the next "cop car" in my opionon will do nothing but hurt the status of what is Ford`s flagship car. Who wants to pay 25,000 to 40,000 for a car just to see others like it pulling over others. Please look at the Falcon, i have seen this car and WOW! The Falcon should have been in the states along time ago.
4 year(s) ago via
tom I bet it still couldnt keep up to the 2010 dodge challenger 6.4 L
4 year(s) ago via
Tony One thing is for sure - you cannot outrun the policeman's radio. Drive responsibly, people!
4 year(s) ago via
father This is bad car
4 year(s) ago via
axe The one reason why the police forces chose the Crown Vic as a PSV was because that there a RWD, I think that Ford is making a mistake by going to a FWD or a RWD.
4 year(s) ago via
Brian It is so sad to see so many "experts" talk about the advantages/disadvantages of FWD compared to RWD. I am a police officer and we drive exclusively FWD cars. Are you all trying to tell me that you do not know how to drive FWD? Both has it advantages/ disadvantages. All I will say is that when you catch a BMW doing 140 mph, it makes no difference to the perp. In some situations RWD is better but in 90% of the time there's nothing wrong with FWD. Think of this... The BTCC and WTCCC were both won with FWD cars. There were RWD cars but on most circuits the FWD were superior. Think about that. Also AUDI makes very goood FWD and AWD cars and most people think they are brilliant. Ford Also makes arguably the best FWD chassis in the world. Think Mondeo, Mazda 6 (yes the mazda 6 chassis is just a modified mondeo chassis) Euro Ford Focus,Mazda 3(focus 2 chassis) Fiesta, Mazda 2 (modified fiesta chassis) . I think these guys knows what they are doing. I own 2 FWD Fords and I don't see any disadvantages. Cant wait to see how it goes.. Until then I will reserve judgement.
4 year(s) ago via
jason you mean they have a cop car that can run with my chevy beretta. the new dodge charger couldn't.
4 year(s) ago via
Miguel A. Alarcon If they do end the production of the Crown Vic then that factory that makes the Crown Victoria will be use to make the right hand drive version of the Ford F150 that is powerd by Diesel becuase the damands of bio fuels and bio diesel and maybe the F150 wil be a Diesel powerd police truck! As my regards the Crown Vic is built in a factory in Canada that meets the highest Japanese quality standards that is why they will end up making a right handed version of the F150 for export!
4 year(s) ago via
Miguel A. Alarcon Yes the Caprice just when they come out with an Oz built Caddy 0% US compoment more Japanese compoments.
4 year(s) ago via
Miguel A. Alarcon Yes I know the Interceptor concept is the way to go!
4 year(s) ago via
bryan na< i dont think so cuz if that was the case then why havent they put it out. the crown vik is the only car most been used by police deparment.
4 year(s) ago via
bryan yea but what about if the rwd was the thing making the cars profomace good, now a fwd now that someting eles.
4 year(s) ago via
bryan yea true to that they have the best car out there for police, then must know what they are doing with this one pluse its about time they changed them.
4 year(s) ago via
bryan no du any kind of cop car can catch you which ever it is they both are a good idea.
4 year(s) ago via
renato26 It's like a Ford Taurus SHO 2010. It's nice but I'll miss the Crown Victoria
4 year(s) ago via
Jase I agree. I love the Crown Vic. I been driving big car sense I first got my license. My first was a 86 LTD/Crown Vic. It would do circles around the Caprices. I still have my 1992 and 1993 crown vics. I have my my 1994 Crown Vic i got from Ebay that can from Russia. Try explaining the euro tags in the rear. I have the 2001i got new and i have an 2004 Sport model. Now that car i scared even my roommate and he is a county cop here in Pittsburgh PA. It is sad to see ford get rid of a great Icon of the American road. But hopefully they will bring it back later only better and really bad and make the new 2011 chevy caprice craw under a hole and rust away.
4 year(s) ago via
Warren Maybe you should drive a front wheel drive car before you comment, in a straight line you only need 2 wheels, and the front is the best way to get the power to the road, And as you start to corner and the front wheels start to slip then the rear will come online and add to the traction of the vehicle. Funny but thats how rally cars get around. Maybe you should watch and learn
4 year(s) ago via
jacqueline thomas Freeman Thomas is my younger brother by 16 months. We were very blessed to have an American father and German mother. My dad was in the air force so our young childhood years we were raised in Europe. Freeman would spend a lot of time drawing cars etc. he would look at me and say "I am gong to be A CAR DESIGNER when I grow up.. Sure enough that is what he is. I am so proud f my brother FREEMAN..........I love you JACQUELINE
4 year(s) ago via
Jay Nice car. But the Interceptor Concept of two years ago that MANY loved and love, which this version of the Taurus and SHO borrow from; Is a nicer snazzier more powerful looking car. One thing police want is plenty of truck room and plenty of room to get in and out. This and the new Taurus are like bobbed off versions of the Interceptor Concept from two years ago. The back and front are chopped off. Making it a nice but small car. Not much bigger than a Pinto. Like many cars these days. Which writers and some execs seem to praise. But most Americans don't. Not a new version Lumina or Granada mid size. But a powerful real car. I like Ford/Lincoln/Mercury. But I and many like a grownup, rear drive, regular sized powerful snazzy capable strong wow of a car. Maybe they will put the original Interceptor out as a production vehicle sometime. Maybe if Chevy puts out the Super Sport that wowwed also.
4 year(s) ago via
ulq actually in italy, cops do have all wheel drive lamborgini gallardos. these new interceptors have got nothing on those cars.
4 year(s) ago via
Gerhard Ford should have gone with rwd Falcon we have Australia, much better than any fwd car. Rumour has it that Ford plans on importing this fwd car to Australia, I hope they don’t make that mistake. We want rwd Mr. Ford, or else we go to the opposition and you sell 500 of these instead of 30 000 vehicles you sell currently. No I don’t want to see this car in my rear view mirror, in fact I don’t want to see it at all, thank you.
4 year(s) ago via
amanda Troy, I must say I am surprised on how much you are against FWD. I agree to what everyone says, RWD makes sense when thinking of crashes and stuff. However, try to drive around in the middle of winter in rear wheel drive, you won't have the control of FWD. I do it all the time. It really is more difficult especially at higher speeds. We still have primarily Corwn Vic's where I live but a lot of FWD cars are moving in. Another good point is that this car is AWD. AWD is awesome! I had one of those before also... it goes through everything! I am talking from experience and since the state I live in has snow and ice 4-6months out of the year I guess I know what I am talking about. Thanks for your opinion though.
4 year(s) ago via
Joseph you better stop smoking that crack, it's not good for you.
4 year(s) ago via
Ken When if ever do you guys think Chevy will offer the Aussie Holden Caprice to the public? (I had 3 grand in GM Mastercard points and missed the '96 Impala SS by several years to purchase new.) Bought an '01 Impala and absolutely hated everything except the decent mpg. I am willing to forgive Chev. for yanking that Imp. SS off the market if I could purchase one of these Holden bad boys. The stats. on these cruisers are incredible! I like Ford, (love the CVs) but this poor little Taurus-mobile won't hold a candle to the new Caprice.
4 year(s) ago via
Alex B Chris, Louis and all, I have spent some time in Australia and I have to tell you all that the GM Interceptor that is being imported from Australia will most definately run rings around the Ford Taurus based Interceptor in any way you care to mention. It's so much quicker in acceleration and top speed, It handles so so so much better and it is heaps larger on the inside and comfy. And best of all.... It have a 6.2l V8 and rear wheel drive! There is nothing to think about, the Taurus is dead in the water when compared to the Aussie Commodore based Chevy so honestly, even if some Police outfits buy the Taurus, you can bet they will be driving the Aussie Chevy soon after. However, Ford Australia has the absolute when it comes to a large sedan, it is the only large Ford Sedan in the Ford lineup world wide after the Crown Vic is dead and it is available in utility type vehicle as well and the utility sits on a full chassis. The Aussie Commodore (Chevy Caprice/ Interceptor) Is a great car but the Aussie Falcon is better and safer. Check out www.fpv.com.au And petition Ford guys and gals to bring the Falcon to USA. Hey Chris, if you really want one let me know, I have a friend in Australia that will convert one or a dozen and send them over!
4 year(s) ago via
louis This car is not only better that anything that GM will produce, it is also alot smarter. The problem was that Ford did not keep up with the times leaving the Crown Vic un changed for 15 yrs however they are now back and will clearly leave all other types of police cars in its dust as this car is built with the help of cops it is what they want and the civil market is not who Ford is aiming for with this car its the Police and they are the ones that will ultimately decide if this car is the real deal. I think so.
4 year(s) ago via
charles I wonder if I could buy one of the new police cars from ford
4 year(s) ago via
Christopher Well, that depends. If you want a "real" Shelby, you'll want either a '65 or '66 GT-350. Those were the originals. 306hp from a hopped up 289, 4-speed manual transmission (no slushbox was available), and even a couple of supercharged models. the '67 and '68 models were more toned down and luxurious. They were still powerful, but not so much as the first ones. Then the '69 and '70 models were for looks only. Very few if any performance enhancements. Personally, I prefer the 1968 GT-500KR model. To me, that is the best looking model. And it did have a 428 Super Cobra Jet V-8 and could be had with a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed slushomatic. But it's all your preference and what you can afford. I can't afford any of them. So it really doesn't matter. All I can do is look anyway.
4 year(s) ago via
Josh Well, I personally prefer the crown vic over any car. But, however, police work is police work and we shouldn't be focusing on a "cool" car. I think that Ford should have just tried to fix the problems of the crown vic, but hey, like I said before, police work is police work.
4 year(s) ago via
aubrey i need a new shelby what is the best year to git
4 year(s) ago via
vicki Oh, a crown vic police interceptor can CATCH YOU !!!
4 year(s) ago via
Kevin Crown Vics are the last full size rear wheel drvie car, I love the smooth ride. Looks like i will be buying used ones after 2011. I love the big trunk on my crown Vic.
4 year(s) ago via
Christopher Okay. The engine is mounted sideways under the hood. The transaxle is mounted sideways under the engine. This is a FRONT-wheel-drive car. Under most normal driving conditions, this car will be wrong-wheel-drive. And it will handle like a wrong-wheel-drive car. The only time the AWD will engage is when the computer senses front wheel slip. During normal driving, absolutely NO POWER IS GOING TO THE REAR WHEELS. How hard is that to understand?
4 year(s) ago via
hristopher Nope. The Taurus' AWD system is like most FWD/AWD systems. Under normal driving conditions, the vehicle is basically a FWD car. And will handle as such. The only time the rear wheels kick in is when the computer senses front wheel slip. The Subie WRX, on the other hand, has full-time AWD. Which means that all four wheels are powered all the time. And the center diff sends power to the wheels that need it the most, be it the rears or the fronts. Therefore, the Taurus AWD will still posess the inferior handling characteristics of a basic FWD car most of the time. Unfortunately.
4 year(s) ago via
Christopher Hmmmmm. Interesting if cryptic response. Does that mean that the Taurus may, some day, acquire the vastly superior handling dynamics and ride quality of REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE? God, I hope so. FWD is for sissies, girly-boys, and soccer moms. Real men drive REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE!!! All Ford needs is the Falcon. Bring the Falcon back home Ford!!!! We need that car!!
4 year(s) ago via
Christopher Actually, if the new RWD Caprice looks anything like the Australian Holden Commodore upon which it is based, it will look quite a bit better than the Taurus. And, given the inherent superiority of RWD over FWD, it will handle quite a bit better than the Taurus as well. I hate to see Ford lose the PI business, but FWD is certainly not the way to keep it. If there is a better RWD car out there, the police agancies are going to buy that one over FWD any day of the week.
4 year(s) ago via
alex Hmmm I believe the article said all wheel drive...which Fords been doin for a while and seems to hold up fairly well in other vehicles that endure rigorous punishment...subaru wrx or lancers. And I think I've heard somewhere that AWD handles a bit better than rear, especially in high speed maneuvering. Could be wrong tho.
4 year(s) ago via
alex Hey cool CHP already has a lambo and if they are using a lambo to catch you anyways, there's guaranteed to be more than one car in the pursuit. And chances are you'll be transported by ambulance not patrol car after when it terminates. Yay!
4 year(s) ago via
Ernesto Mosqueda That is one sweet police car. I really doubt the caprice can come close to looking as good and handle as good as this car.
4 year(s) ago via
MIke The cops will switch over to the Chevrolet Caprice with the 6.0 L (370 cu in) L76 AFM V8 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) are imported from Australia.
4 year(s) ago via
Jim You may notbeat a radio but you can beat the person on the other end! And yes I know.
4 year(s) ago via
zack i need a challenge , my honda cbr 1000cc crotch rocket will out run 190 in fourth gear that car could if lucky get 130 mph
4 year(s) ago via
BDD This new awd model car is one tough car. I had the Five Hundred model and i tried to kill it. It didn't work out so well for me. It took every thing i gave it... All I can say is have fun losing this cop car. they stick to road like they are on rails and Now it has a 365 hp motor.
4 year(s) ago via
Tim Lamb Great looking car i really look forward to it coming out!
4 year(s) ago via
Aaron we will have to see how both engine options handle....besides, the 3.7 needs a RWD platform, which does not exist with the Taurus...at least for now...
4 year(s) ago via
commedianking Yeah they are going to have us pooping bricks by sitting is in shot-gun seat doing 120mph+ around a 25mph curve so we don't drive fast again...but too late...we're upside down now.
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Brian Hennessey Why did'nt Ford put the new 3.7 in the interceptor?
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Joseph I believe the chevy caprice ppv will the replacement of the p71. Ford is not listening!
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Tark Troy, I'm not going to argue with your experience, but all I would say is that you should keep an open mind until you actually get to drive one. You're basing your opinion on a program 20+ years ago. The technology and design from then to now is worlds apart. And while most officers are used to RWD and the current FWD offering out there (Impala) is pretty poor, current FWD design offers handling not hugely different from RWD. And AWD offers handling and driving characteristics that is much better than RWD, both on dry pavement and in bad weather. Also, keep in mind that everything that went into the Crown Vic as far as testing, design and engineering is being taken into account for the new interceptor. And the testing it's undergoing is above and beyond what the CVPI went through. It's not just a re-badged retail car. It's completely redesigned for police use, with dedicated components and engineering. The sheet metal looks like a Taurus, but underneath there's a lot of difference in the components. The CVPI evolved over the years to become a dedicated police interceptor. This car was designed from day one, using all the learning from CVPI over the years, so it's starting out in a better place to begin with. Everyone that has had a chance to drive one so far and compare it to the CVPI have had nothing but good things to say about it. And as for safety, you're going to be safer in this car than a CV just on the basis of newer, better technology and design for crash survivability. In a crash, the vehicle itself might come out the worse for wear compared to a CV, but the driver will have a much better chance of avoiding injury, which is the important thing. Like I said, I'm not arguing with you, all I'm saying is don't write it off until you actually get a chance to experience one yourself. A lot of people are going to be surprised by this car.
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Deyana instead of the government or state investing in new cars they should be helping the people that need it the most instead of a car that can get damaged in a police activity
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Troy Well Tark, not that I don't agree with you on unibody contruction, the point is FWD and AWD for police vehicles just don't work. After patroling in a Crown Vic for 15 years, I know these vehicles have passed every test that could be thrown at them. I was hit head on by a vehicle going over 55 MPH, and I drove it home, and only had to replace the front bumper! I know they are not as fast as the Dodge Charger, but I haven't had the need to drive 140 plus (just no need), but these and the Chevrolet Caprices will be the only RWD vehicles on the market. Ford introduced FWD in the late 80's with the Taurus, and as hard as it is for me to say this, they where junk. For Ford I think these new Taurus' will be very good sellers for the general public, but police agencies aren't going to be purchasing them. Ford should have continued the Crown Vic and introduced the Taurus at the same time, to see if they will hold up and most of all, prove them as a police car. Old timer cops are not going to be won over with this new model, until its proven to hold up. And as far as my own department, when I started we had all Ford Crown Vics, now we have 5 left out of 28, and as they get old it will be nothing but Dodge (yuck) Chargers, god I am going to die in one of these junkers.......
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1971F350 i agree there are inherent(?) problems with any front drive police car, if you are chasing someone 90% of damage to the vehicle is in the front end, which can disable the car
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Steve It's not change for the sake of change. It's change because the Crown Vic chassis won't meet federal safety standards come 2014, and can't be effectively updated to make it meet those standards.
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Tark Once the Crown Vic goes away, the only police rated vehicle out there that will still be body-on-frame is the Tahoe. Every other vehicle (existing or planned) will be unibody. And while body-on-frame is easier to repair, it's not necessarily more durable than unibody. And in terms of crash survival for occupants, unibody is much better than BOF. So if you want to save money on repairs, than BOF is the way to go. If you want something that handles better and is safer for your officers, than unibody is the better choice. Why do you think Ford is replacing the Crown Vic? Because as of 2014, the CV chassis will no longer be able to meet federal safety standards. That's why they have to replace it with a unibody, just as every other police vehicle has done.
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pick The new intercepter will be a nice change from the old Crown Vic. As to the comment about a used crown vic pulling away from the new car i say dream on. The old crown vics can't even get out of there own way. I have actually witness a 1989 mini van blow the doors off a police crown vic.
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NCLAWMAN Ford tried this before but the front drive can not handle the punishment like rear drive can so now here we go again why do you think chevy is going back to rear drive caprice V8 because it is alot better then front drive....Yea the car looks cool but it just will not hold up.
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Crys It looks like a really strong-looking vehicle, and It's going to be fun watching this baby on the road. But, what on Earth is going to happen to those millions of current police interceptors? And, It will be strange seeing a different car, since it's been the Crown Victoria for as long as I can remember!
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Jerry I agree with this comment plus I sell these cars and the Agencies I deal with arent real happy at all. The new car has some good new features but I dont feel they are strong enough to overcome the the Dislikes such as FWD,AWD, UNIBODY
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Tim K How much more per car will this cost vs. a crown vic. I seen the taurus in the showroom and its really nice, but expensive.
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Troy Ford went from 70% of the market to less than 20% with this new police car. For 1 thing cops don't like front wheel drive. Cops also don't like turbo charged engines. Ford had a reliable workhorse with the Crown Vic. now they will loose most if not all of thier police car contracts. Ford tried this Taurus police package in the late 80's and 90's, and all they had was junk. Ford had the market on Dodge, now they don't. I'm a diehard Ford driver, but this new police car won't fly. I know this for a fact, because I'm a law enforcement officer and front wheel drive doesn't work.
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luis nah they dont have back seats so they cant arrest us
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Greenville_NC I don't know why everyone is so excited about this vehicle...... So what, it's a freaking Taurus!
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Jon You must of skipped the paragraph where it read "Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department evaluates the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of tests where the car’s systems are pushed to the limits for nearly an hour and a half – far exceeding the demands most patrol cars ever experience." So it sound like that police are already putting the car through the paces and finding things that can potentialy be improved on. So how can the car be a hazard?
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serge I realy hope it will run as good as it lookes,anyway is the coolest police car ive ever seen.My respect for FMC.
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Yoshi Yeah, way to go Ford. Cities can't afford what they have now. How about something more economical since "you can't outrun the radio anyway?"
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Will how do you know they will be a hazard? the havent even came out yet. you dont know what they will be like. i think ford knows what they are doing. they made the crown vic and its been the best police car for a long time.
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Nathan Lets hope theres more room in the back for your feet with this one. I hate having to turn my feet sideways to get comfortable.
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Torino466 Send the Panther to SVT finishing school and add the 5.0 Coyote V8 / 6 spd auto from the 2011 GT. You'd have the same weight/mileage of the GT (excellent) and the durability and ease of repair of the current full frame CVPI, still run 87 and have even more power than the Taurus. The live axle out back is no detriment when properly sprung and located and probably takes a hit better than the sometimes fragile halfshafts of IRS. Not a difficult or expensive proposition.
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Brett Well Brian it is much more difficult to control the vehicle through curves and while trying to perform motions to stop other vehicles or chase them down.(especially pit maneuvers) and once the vehicle begins to go out of control you can't save it like you can with a RWD vehicle. And obviously we would want something that can perform those maneuvers well otherwise we would just all drive SUV's they are a lot more accomidating and comfortable to work in. Also on a side note although it is RWD the Charger is nowhere near as nice a squad car as the Crown Vic not to mention the whole fleit sent to the NCHP had to be sent back due to the breaks overheating. As far as the whole the charger has more power I've driven both and I'd take the Crown Vic anyday in any chase.
4 year(s) ago via
M basner Still can't catch a Yamaha R1 though and at just a fraction of the cost
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Brent Amen brother, I hate FWD and AWD cars and a V8 is always a much smother running engine than a sideways mounted V6. The new Taurceptor will be way more expensive to maintain and repair than the Crown Vic. Chevy fans are smiling ear to ear. I will never own another Ford after the panther platform is gone.
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ford dude it is cool, and u can see it when it is behind u
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Christopher Oh yeah! I forgot about the Falcon Ute. For those who don't know, it is just like the old Ranchero. A car/truck hybrid. And it is totally awesome! We so need this car in the USA! How does one go about getting together a petition to bring this wonderful car to our shores? I'll be the first to sign! Even though I couldn't afford to buy one when they got here. :)
4 year(s) ago via
cody whats next cops are going to have lambos comeing after us
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Alex B Waffle, Chris and all, Ford Australia have consistantly pushed to export its Falcon in left hand drive however the stumbling block is Ford US. The Aussies are specialists at low volume engineering and are very capable of turning out a Left drive Falcon if only they would get the green light from HQ. The irony is, that for Ford Australia to remain viable as a production house they need to compete with Government Motors Australia (GMH) who are given the green light to export the Aussie Commodore as a Buick and a Cadillac. On another note in regards to interior space the Current FG Falcon had its A pillars moved forward and its C Pillars moved rearward thus smashing the Commodore for interior room. At the same time it took out a 5Star ANCAP safety rating which is up with the best from Mercedes and BMW and the like. It also has a 6 odd tonne (metric) roof strength. Someone else mentioned the utility vehicle Ford US was offering and that it was Front Wheel Drive, The Falcon Ute is everything the Falcon is except it is a Utility with a full chassis and Rear Wheel Drive like the Falcon! Maybe they can bring that to the States as well?Petition Ford, Petition Hard, they need to hear it Guys
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Alex B Ken, guaranteed to be smaller than the Crown Vic, go to a dealer and sit in a Taurus then reduce the seat size so they can stick in the 9'' console and you have even less room. Now check out www.fpv.com.au and see what they have in Australia! It leaves us in the dust.
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DW Guys you are not giving Ford's FWD/AWD platforms any credit. The 320ish horsepower Focus (Europe) is freaking amazing. I am pretty sure the AWD can be set up so its 50/50 or better yet 60/40 like the Jaguar AWD was. Watch Top Gear test the Focus and you will change your minds. That said the Taurus is a rebadged 500, it isn't exactly small. I am large 6 ft tall and every Ford I have ever owned had great interior room. Yes the body on frame design is the ultimate in durability but Ford's new platforms have excellent safety ratings from everything I've seen. The new motor is only new in the US, Europe has had these for awhile. On the other hand, I also would like to see Ford import the Falcon and the european cars here though, it's stupid to offer us two engines when you can get 6 or 7 in the same car in europe. And diesels????? you can get freakin 65 miles to the gallon with a diesel focus/standard please Ford please give the US the good stuff
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boogie The Crown Vics are more comfortable up front and last longer, it's a fact, both as cabs and as patrol cars, the FWD Impala structures go loose quickly and the suspensions usually go flat at about 30 - 35 K mi. The Impalas have sensitive alignments, all of our Impalas have wheels pointing in different directions. The Impala interiors are tight, with all the gear on, you keep bumping elbows with the guy next to you. Plus, on the side of the highway I'd rather be sitting in a body-on-frame Crown Vic and get rear-ended by a speeding DWI who is fascinated by the shiny lights, rather then in an Impala with a rattling body after all of two years of police use. The Crown VIcs are technological dinosaurs, but they are great for heavy duty police work and are cheap, easy to maintain and safe. Ford should have just modernized the Crown Vic in the engine/transmission dept, and kept on popping CVPIs out year after year. Also, the CVPI looks quintessentially American, like an American police car should, instead of a euro jelly bean. The Charger we had looked great and everyone wanted to drive it, but it was unreliable and had terrible visibility issues all around. A part of American culture will go the way of the dodo along with the iconic Crown VIc, but hey, in the future, cops will be going on patrol in Priuses so we might as well get used to it.
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Christopher Okay. Ford is a big company. It wouldn't take much to modify the Falcon platform for left-hand-drive. Besides, a few years ago, Ford of Australia began importing the last generation Mustang Cobra to Australia complete with right-hand-drive modifications. The Mustang wasn't engineered for RHD, but they did it anyway. Same with the Falcon. It can be done. Ford just WON'T do it for some reason. Especially considering the fact that RWD is back in fashion again. I mean even Hyundai has gone RWD!!!!! Ford is letting itself get upstaged by a cheesy Korean econobox company. That's embarassing.
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Christopher Why not indeed. The Vicky is legendary. Unfortunately, it's been on the same Panther chassis since 1979 with only minor updates. What I would like to see is a Crown Victoria with an independent rear suspension - use the one from the Explorer (since it's a body-on-frame, it could be modified to fit the Vic), a 5.0L or 5.4L DOHC V-8 with 400+ horsepower, and a six-speed auto transmission. Then it would be able to keep up with the changing times. Or if that won't work, just bring the Falcon over here from Australia. Easy peasy.
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Dustin It might beat the 2010 model of the Mustang Gt but it will not beat the 2011 Mustang Gt with the all new 302 race proven engine the 302 coyote is a real beast of an engine making over a hundred more hp then the previous 4.6l mustangs.
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BM it looks good, but why FWD? why not just update the crown victoria?? a RWD car is in so many ways better than a FWD... And the AWD is an idea, but how often do you really need AWD, maybe those states with hard winters and much snow. I would keep the Crown victoria!
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Petey Why not make the EcoBoost motor E85 compatible too? It's got a high octane utilizing direct injection with the high compression ratio will allow for exceptional fuel economy.
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einzig It's a wait and see,having been a city police officer years ago I can attest that the full sized LTD and Fury was less taxing on me than the Fairmont or Volare was after a 8 plus hour shift. PD Tulsa had a fleet of Taurus circa 1993, within but a few years they were all phased out. As Americans scale down the size of our vehicles too so will governmental agencies. Perhaps in years to come only truck class vehicleswill maintain the large wheelbase.
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Rich It will be a sad day for all of us the love the Crown Victoria when you scrap it. any chances of a reguler person ever to own one of the last production modles?
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Martin It makes a good looking cruiser- Front wheel drive - that will be the test. I beat my patrol cars to death which makes me dubious of a 6cyl/front wheel drive platform. Maybe it will out run my Ford Model A . Think?
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Tpr. B.D. Yeah, the car has lots of great features but there is one problem we are all over looking. Its front wheel drive. Sure you can spend more for the AWD version but for a large agency with alot of patrol units, the front wheel drive version will be the sales leader and it will get destroyed. Ever since the first generation taurus and impalas the main complaint was front wheel drive. Its a fact they can not stand up to the rigors of hard service like rear wheel drive. Theres more working parts up front and more to break, apparently Ford does not remember these past problems. Thanks for the AWD version but with buget cuts in most agencys im sure the only time I will drive the AWD version is when my agency gets a test vehicle.
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waffle911 The problem with that, and this was covered by one of the car magazines, is that the Falcon hasn't been engineered to be built in left-hand drive. It's exclusive to Australia, and can only be built in right-hand-drive, and this has been the case for many model generations. The Pontiac G8—now the Chevy "Rolling Cucumber" Caprice (or Holden Commodore, in its homeland)—is the Falcon's main competitor, but was engineered for both left- and right-hand drive markets in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall something-or-other. That said, some have complained that the Caprice is in fact a bit too small for police duty; as the primary competitor of the Falcon, would this be an indicator of the Falcon's suitability for service in the States? Not to mention, the Caprice is coming at a price premium because even if assembled in the US, the parts largely have to come from overseas. This is why we never got the "true" second- and third-generation Focuses Stateside (the current "3rd"-gen here is a worked-over 1st-gen!) and why the Dodge Sprinter van costs so much for what you get, and why Ford hasn't brought over the full-size Transit to replace the 18-year-old Econoline (though that will change by 2014, finally). Also, the last Australian Ford we got was the Escort, which was badged as the Laser in Ozzyland, while Europe got the vastly superior "true" Escort that was a precursor to the Focus. In general, Ford has a bad history with importing foreign-designed models to the States. It's only in recent years that it has been getting its act together with the Transit Connect (not really a Transit) and Fiesta.
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waffle911 The problem with trying to revive the Crown Vic is that there is little civilian market for it now that it's been replaced by the Taurus. Keeping the CV in production is not profitable, plus merely revising the existing car would be a lot of cost for not a substantial amount of change or improvement; making an all-new CV exclusively for police would be far too low-volume for it to be worthwhile. The reason for making a Taurus PI is to offset the cost of production with parts that they are currently making in larger quantities. The low volume of the CV just doesn't justify the machine tooling and factory space it requires anymore.
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waffle911 The Chevy and the Ford, but not the Carbon Motors E7?
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RED Yas the LED fog lamps are standard
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stranger nice pic. but sadly not my preferance in cars.(company ,that is)
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Henri Ladies and Gentlemen, the police will have ample power. The ecoboost engine is already on the Lincoln MKS 2010. A Motortrend and Automobile magazine video shows how it performed against four high performance cars: BMW 550i, Mercedes E550, Jaguar Xf, Maserati Quattroporte. Lincoln placed close second to the BMW.
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Ford Guy I really hope Ford knows what they are doing on this one. The crown vic is such a versital car, there is nothing on the market like it. Yeah it's been around for a long time, but there is a reason for that. Change for the sake of change is not always good and alot of the time turns bad.
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Plus 2 Bout time they came out with a AWD version .. Where I live the hills in winter basically eat up the CVPI in the rear wheel drive config, as far as this F-Tard .. Umm have you ever even tried to compete with a cops radio ??? They'd be set up to catch you counties away ???
4 year(s) ago via
John Doe Can't you tell this comment is a marketing plant?
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mario its cool but why not just put the new 5.0 in it for the highway because im prettysure the police would like a v8 ford in their fleet haha and bring back the broncos
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Robert Schmidt Taurus? The leggendary panter full size cars are the last classic full size american cars on the market,these are so behind the curve that they are almost ahead of the curve again seeing as how rear wheel drive and torquey V8 's have been beginning to come back into vogue (300, charger, genesis, g8......). Had FORD had the sense, they probably could have carved out a healthy niche of retro motorists the way Harley did with their "archaic" super bikes in the 80's, give them modern hybrid engines ,crome,and retro styling and I think they could have kept making these invincible cash cows.
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ryan you can beat the car but not the radio... :) and plus the new "eco-boost v6 civilian model" already can woop a mustang gt, and i dont even want to know how its gonna go when they modify it for police work, our department already have the new 2011 chevy caprice police cruiser and the 2011 ford taurus interceptors on order to be here next march,
4 year(s) ago via
bill neat car where can i buy one?
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Christopher I second that! We need to petition Ford to bring us the Falcon. I have been a huge Aussie Falcon fan since I first learned Ford was still building it in Australia. The Falcon went out of production in the States back in 1970. But the Aussies knew a good thing when they saw it and kept on building them. Now the Falcon is comparable to the best from BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, and all the best RWD sport sedans Europe has to offer. We desperately need that car over here. Think about it, with a little "badge engineering", Ford could spin the Falcon off into several cars. Ford could have the Falcon, Mercury the Comet, and Lincoln could have a new Continental. All based upon the fabulous RWD Falcon platform. Some day maybe I can venture to Australia and experience the awesomeness of the Falcon GT firsthand. For now I will have to be content drooling over pictures of this amazing car.
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Alex B Ford Falcon from Australia will from April 2010 be offering 5.0litre V8 similar to Mustang in 450hp and the Flagship GT will have 530hp from a supercharged version similar to the US Ford GT Engine. The current 5.4l V8 in the Australian GT has 427hp. The Australian Falcon is also produced with 4.0l straight sixes ranging in output from 290hp (lowest output or standard engine) thru to 420hp turbo. When the Crown Vic goes bye bye it will be the only large rear wheel drive platform left in the Ford Global line up and it IS a large car not like a Taurus and I have driven it and it IS outstanding, tough, reliable, comfortable and great looking! Chris, you have to see these in the flesh to truly appreciate how fantastic they are and real quality, they are not all plastic like in their interiors, and cabbies in Australia and I mean all over Australia don't drive anything else probably because they are geting a million miles out of the things and that's durable! Petition to Ford time People.
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andrew Ford will also add a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs. More details will be released in the third quarter of this year. ohhh boy maby the explorer???
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andrew FWD idk understeer idk... hrmm im a RWD guy but not a cop so whats it matter... i think it will stand a chance up aganst the RWD chevy police car on it way into porduction but the police will miss the body on frame set up and RWD v8 good car cant wait to see what happens hopefully a RWD TARUS WILL FIND ITS WAY INTO EVRYBODYS HANDS BEFORE LONG
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Matt I am glad ford is trying something new! It looks great! Ford has done a good job! Police officers will enjoy driving the new car!
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bob it's spelled "their" kiddo. and a crown vic doesnt match the ower to weight ratio of the new interceptor.
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aakash I'm sure you must have heard of the ford focus rs sold in europe. That is a FrontWD car at 315 bhp that can handle almost as well as a mitsubishi lancer evo which is arguably the best 'handling' 4-wheel drive car in the world and 300+bhp on offer
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paul i hope this one wont be like the ford fairmonts police cars they had v6 and were out run by everything on the road.
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danny check out WWW.fpv.com.au or WWW.ford.com.au
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Mike Read the article. Offered Standard as FWD or OPTIONAL AWD. Anyone ever driven a car with 300+ HP to the front wheels and tried to turn? It does not work. I have a hard time believing that this car stands a chance for Police use. Look at the Chevy Impala 9C1 Police Package. How long did those last as patrol vehicles?
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cesar wow it's beautiful the new police interceptor...with this baby , I'd like to be arrested by one of thses new babies
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sanderdog1 if you have not been in a new Taurus, you might think it a smaller car. IT is one of the most crash worthy cars on the road.
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Christopher Oh man, I can so agree with that! Why Ford won't import the Falcon to the US is beyond my comprehension. The Falcon is the most amazing car Ford has at this time. It's REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE, extremely cool looking, has 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, manual and automatic transmission options (for those of us who would rather shift our own gears, darnit!), and 400+ horsepower everywhere. Heck, even the base 4.0L DOHC INLINE-SIX has close to 300hp! That car needs to come to this country. I know you'll love it. Maybe we can get a petition going and convince Ford that we desperately need this car!
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Ford Man Actually, yes, the handling will be different from that of a REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE vehicel. Although the new Taurus police car may be AWD, the majority of the engine's power is routed to the wrong...er...front wheels. That means that under normal driving conditions, you will essentially be driving a front-drive car. The rear wheels will only engage when the system sensed front wheel slip. Therefore, it is possible that officers may need to go through some extra training since FWD vehicles have vastly inferior handling characteristics as compared to REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE cars.
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Thomas Okay. Ford replaces the wonderfully durable and legendary Crown Vic with a...a...Taurus?!?!?!?! What the heck are they thinking. There's a reason why the Vicky has been the law enforcement staple for decades. REAR-FREAKIN'-WHEEL-DRIVE with a BIG, HONKIN' AMERICAN V-FREAKIN'-8 Engine under the hood. That's also why the Dodge Charger is so popular. Mostly because the Charges's 5.7L Hemi V-8 has over 100 more horsepower than the Crown Vic's 4.6L. If the Vicky had the 412hp 5.0L and 6-speed auto from the 2011 Mustang, it might remain competitive. But to replace it with a FWD/AWD Taurus?!?!?!?! Unthinkable. If Ford had any sense, they would start importing the Falcon from Australia. Now that's a fantastic car. It looks great, handles great, and it's REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE!!!! What's wrong with Ford these days?
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Brandon Actually Brain it will be AWD, or at least the Ecoboost version will, they probably will have the entry engine models offered FWD and AWD but I don't know.
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Dermot The police force used to be a collaboration of LTDs Then Crown Vics and Caprices Then Corwn Vics remained Recently they tried using Impalas - not intimidating at all And I saw a few Altimas in Police garb - Whatta JOKE When the Charger Interceptor came about - I thinking to myself Ohh S@$! Now the Crown Vic is gone - and the Taurus comes in - The streets are gonna be plain scary Chargers and Taurus's in police garb - 350+ bhp demons hovering and howlin' away
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Danny the Australians have a Rwd 5.4 liter V8 ,4 liter straight 6 with a turbo option both producing more than 400hp,6speed auto and manual options. All meeting emission and safety standards .Full sized sedan called the falcon which is used as a patrol car and taxi ,Designed and built by ford Australia
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Dave What does this mean for the future of the Grand Marquis/Town Car? I'm well over 6 feet and since the Crown Vic went fleet only, these cars are the only options for someone of my height. The Taurus is way too small and is a joke as a full-size car, and I simply don’t want a truck or an SUV. And honestly, will a vehicle that is not RWD, 8-cylinder, full-frame construction hold up for police work? I’ve always been impressed by the robustness of these vehicles, and I can’t imagine a FWD will have similar durability. Personally, I think Ford is making a big, big mistake if they are completely ending this platform. By the way, I’m only in my 30s, proof that there is a market for these cars among the younger generation, if Ford would only listen.
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Jack Actually, it will be up to each individual police/law enforcement agency as to which car they choose. I've seen a little bit of everything out there.
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nick What is everyone talking about? These new cars are nothing but a potential hazard. They are hard to maintain and are built cheap. But I will have my kicks the first time I see a thug smoke a new cruiser with a retired Crown vic in a chase through L.A. Headlines should read: Police getting owned by there own equipment. It will be funny watching them try the PIT in that short wheel base Go-kart.
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Adam durrua wow i am just happy ford still has the police car
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Jehu I guess wanting to be a cop is not a bad thing after all.
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Larry The actual twin turbo car is All Wheel Drive. Mechanical reliability is an unknown because the powertrain is still fairly new. There shouldn't be any real requirement to specially train or re-train drivers for the All Wheel Drive as the handling behavior isn't really all that different from a Rear Wheel Drive vehicle. Interior space and trunk space would be the only real questions. The eco-boost twin turbo car will flat run away from any P51 Crown Vic.
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tom if ford cant or wont sell this for 20,000 or less then i guess they just took themselves out of the market and gave it back to chevy and the imcrapa, I sure hope they think hard about this, you can buy a full package cvpi for about $19,500 and thats without all the police equipment added. so I really hope someone importaint tells ford to watch the price or we will all be forced to drive the imcrapa, dodge isnt doing well at all with the 24,000 to 26,000 charger.
4 year(s) ago via
Gregg Ok so Ford discontinues the CVPI. They replace it with the Taurus. Front drive Chev Impalas arent cutting it. What has Ford done to make a front drive Taurus better than an Impala? Purpose built? Purposely built to replace to CVPI and Crown Vic for civilians, with no difference. Well maybe except for some electrical, and interior changes. Where is this purpose built?Sounds like phrase used by another company making "purpose built" police cruisers. I just listened to some marketing BS for a product and engines already in the civilian market. Anybody with half a brain can figure that out
4 year(s) ago via
simharrison you're sad that dodge are doing it too? well what about GM with the australian car??? that was planned way before the new ford police interceptor, and will be chosen as the police interceptor. because THAT was going to replace the crown victoria, not this thing!
4 year(s) ago via
Brian i have a hard time believing that police officers have never driven a front wheel drive car, and even if they havent- how much harder is it to drive FWD then RWD, not at all, unless your talking about special police manuvers- it sure will be a shame to not see police cars spinning out in movies once this thing becomes the next standard issue.
4 year(s) ago via
kelly Chevy will take over the police interceptor market. The new 2011 RWD Caprice with a V8 will be the car for the police. This car is made for the police market only. Fords AWD will be expensive to buy and repair. The base Ford (Utility) will be FWD.....big mistake. Chevy is changing from a FWD Impala to a RWD Caprice because the police don't want FWD. FWD is to expensive for repairs and you can't make good pit manuvers for driving. Ford will never regain the 75% of the police market that they enjoyed. The Crown Vic is a full frame RWD that stole the market when Chevy stopped making the RWD Caprice in 1996. Now Ford will hand the market back to Chevy in 2011 when the Vic goes down and the RWD Caprice comes on board. Ford is doing alot of things right....but they messed this one up. Besides would you like a police car and a yellow taxi pulling up beside your new Taurus.. The Taurus going back to a fleet queen is a big mistake..
4 year(s) ago via
Jim stone Too bad they only made the marauder in 2003....
4 year(s) ago via
Robert Schmidt The taurus is not a real full size car, Ford, make a retro restiling of the Panter line, with modern V8 and agressive retro styling, bring the soul back!!! Put a lot of chrome in the front like the Super dutty and bring back the classic car
4 year(s) ago via
mark gurra I'm never going to sell my 2004 marauder......
4 year(s) ago via
Jeevendra Awesome looking vehicle. Wish we could've something like that...
4 year(s) ago via
Zach Wow! Nice car, but you know what. Stick to the crown vicks. Atleast those don't cost me an arm and a leg in taxes. I don't feel like paying for the cops, that pull me over for driving the same speed as everyone else, to drive around in this overdone money trap.
4 year(s) ago via
Blake Well dang, atleast now when we go to jail we will be riding in style!!
4 year(s) ago via
Jeff Glad to see the new American Manufactured Vehicle using American Manufactured LED Lighting. Thank god they got away from Federal SIgnal and moved to Whelen
4 year(s) ago via
Waylon In Wear and tear condtions you cant beet a V8. Sorry to see it Go. It is the day and age we are living in and it is sad.
4 year(s) ago via
Harold Baker Looks Gooood-Will miss the faithful CVPI. I hope Ford is right on the FWD/AWD and interior/head room. Get rid of those UGLY wheels and circa 1930 hubcaps!!!! SAFETY---Again, it looks as if CORNERING LIGHTS are missing. Also how about Outside Temperature and a compass in the rearview mirror?? Good Luck and hope it is the car of choice in the law enforcement world.
4 year(s) ago via
Reggie I know several people who are police officers who have been able to test several of the "mid-size" police cars such as the chevy impala, and dodge charger and the 1 MAJOR problem is space. For officers who are either nearing 6 foot or more, the officer area of the car is too small and very cramped. Additionally, the caged area of the car is also very cramped and should an officer arrest a large suspect, they will not be able to fit into the seat. Oh, and dont forget the trunk. Will the trunk be big enough to carry the equipment required? While I think Ford is making drastic changes to its fleet of vehicles, I believe that if the car is too small on the inside for either an officer or suspect to fit, the car isnt practical. Keep in mind, and officer has to spend 8-12 hours a day getting in and out and riding around in this vehicle all day. Space and comfort are key for any emergency vehicle and its uncomfortable enough to wear a duty belt which can weigh upwards of 10-20lbs plus a bullet proof vest which can be restrictive, but then add a cramped space to work in and it will make the job all the more ergonomicly unfriendly and downright painful. My thought would be to revise the crown vic with all the latest and greatest that they have put into the taurus but keep the internal dimensions as spacious as possible. Put in a stronger and more efficient engine. Adding bigger, stonger, and more efficient brakes. Change the lights or the lines of the car, but dont reduce the intereior space. The Taurus is a great platform, but will it measure up to the standards currently set forth by the crown vic? We will soon find out.
4 year(s) ago via
Kevin Oh, this new car will be able to catch alot of stuff, but hopefully no cops will get hurt. :/ cuz some of them fly down through town
4 year(s) ago via
OzzyJames NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't use a Taurus for the cops car. There ugly peace of junk. Just update the Crown Victoria. That a great car. And the Taurus isn't. The new Taurus is to big and ugly. And looks like the Chevy Impala. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just update the Crown Victoria. It is a better car.
4 year(s) ago via
Gabe 3.5 Turbo,Too Cool.
4 year(s) ago via
Bill I can't wait to be arrested in this cool flippin' cop car!! ppppfffftttt!!!!
4 year(s) ago via
Devon I would become a police officer just to be able to drive one of those... I;m glad I live in Michigan. We'll be the first to see these monsters. I might speed just to get pulled over
4 year(s) ago via
A fan The police car does have cup holders. They have more pictures on Ford's website.
4 year(s) ago via
billy Interesting, yes. I'll reserve my final opinion until I actually lay my hands on one. My experiences with everything containing a Taurus label when assigned to a law enforcement function has not been favorable at all. My agency replaced nearly every vehicle in investigations with 1998 Tauruses, and they fell apart. I hope for Ford's sake that this doesnt repeat, but you have to consider that I am not the only one out there with these bad name-plate-associtated-memories. Car #001 does look the part with that snazzy grill guard, but i'd like to see it fully "naked" like most agencies... including my own.. are going to buy it. My chief is so horrified of giving the public the impression of "police invasion", that he won't buy a CVPI without the full hubcaps. With a SEL Taurus on our local dealer lot listing for $28,000 with the basic v-6, I can't imagine what the Eco-Tech engine and it's accompanying AWD will run... but I imagine it will be the least purchased setup. Fleet vehicles are cost-driven. I hope that Ford hasn't lost sight of that.
4 year(s) ago via
JR Funny you refer to GM as Government Motors when Carbon Motors is banking on a $310,000,000 loan from the US Government to get started.
4 year(s) ago via
John Ford has always made a dependable police vehicle. I am glad to see that they are trying to keep up with the time. As everyone stated the only thing that is going to give it a run for its money is the Carbon Motors E-7. The problem with Chevy Impala is it not roomy enough and it is not as safe. The problem with the Dodge Charger is that your rear visability is gone. Carbon Motors will give Ford a run for its money when it comes to the diesel engine and balastic rating. Ford will give Carbon Motors a run for its money just because of there prestiege and marketing department, plus Ford just always makes a solid vehicle and has more then one model to choose from.
4 year(s) ago via
Saddam It looks like Toyota Camry...
4 year(s) ago via
TOWNCAR97 Of course this car is available to the public, it's the Ford Taurus, if you want the powerful engine then you just buy the Taurus SHO with the ecoboost engine. Very nice cars and amazing interiors. High quality
4 year(s) ago via
towncar97 No, the ecoboost runs on 87 octane just like the cv
4 year(s) ago via
andrew im so happy ford is putting a new police car out there and not chevy
4 year(s) ago via
matt i'm just glad to see the police driveing something other than the crown vick.lol.catch me if you can!!!!
4 year(s) ago via
Jon Hopefully the general public will also be able to purchase this automobile. Since the fall of the American Sedan (Crown Vic, Impala, ect...) there are no cars that someone and tall and broad shouldered as i can fit in, leaving pickup trucks as my only option. Of course, the extra engine power wouldn't be a subtractor either :)
4 year(s) ago via
Matt I'm glad to see that ford is going to be back in the Police Enforcement. (considering I want to be apart of the law enforcement)
4 year(s) ago via
Pierino I hope to see Fords PI in Switzerland! Here Police drives BMW, Lexus, VW / Skoda....all expensive and nice for girlis! The officers can only dream of a car like that.
4 year(s) ago via
Ken i pray its not any smaller than the crown vic, with the cage i barely fit in my current patrol car. my back can't take any smaller vehicle.
4 year(s) ago via
Chuck For the past 20 my department has purchased CVs. Over the years they have proven to be a very dependable police vehicle and an acceptable cost per mile expense. I have looked at the new Taurus have a concern about the headroom in the new PI since it is on the frame as the Taurus. I hope the interior design for the PI will improve the amount of headroom. If the PI's trunk is the same size as the Taurus there will be plenty of room for all the extra gear that officers need to carry. Also, will the Ecoboost require a higher octane of fuel? All of our CVs can run on 87 octane. I look forward to seeing and driving the new PI I am sure that it will be a better vehicle than what Chevy or Dodge has to offer.
4 year(s) ago via
Andy Ford should build a Police Interceptor for Germany. The Volkswagons just won't match any Ford.
4 year(s) ago via
Ranchero Good bye Crown Vic - The Last real American Full Size Sedan Crown Vic is an automobile Legend!
4 year(s) ago via
Justin Just on a side note I wonder if the production units will be coming with the HID headlamps and LED fog lamps as a standard feature?
4 year(s) ago via
Justin Bill the AWD will be nice as the carbon E7 will be RWD..... From my understanding what Carbon said they will recycle the E7's and will "never" allow those cars to be in the hand of Civilians, and also said that they will buy back the cars from the PD's.... Like I said it will be very interesting I honestly think that It will be a race between Ford and Carbon... that is unless you want to joke about govt motors (GM) having the first buy bids for some strange reason if you get my hint... LOL!
4 year(s) ago via
Bill I agree with you about the Carbon patrol car, but what are they going to do with them when they get run out? Are cabbie companies going to buy them. The nice thing about the new Ford patrol vehicle is that it comes standard with AWD. That will be a nice function for those of us that have patrolled areas that are subject to snow.
4 year(s) ago via
Seth Uh, or it looks alot like the new Taurus with a bite-your-face-off aggressive grill guard.
4 year(s) ago via
Jeremy I can't wait to drive one of these, the Crown Victoria is quickly becoming outdated and can't keep up with even most 4-cylinder performance cars. Please add all wheel drive for those of us in winter climates.
4 year(s) ago via
Chad Olivieri Quote "A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system." doesn't sound like it has FWD unless you think the F stands for four.
4 year(s) ago via
Steven Conley I hope it has cupholders unlike the Dodge Chargers.I also hope it has good looking hubcaps to.
4 year(s) ago via
Justin Nice looking car love the updated look and the sync system seems cool as I have seen a video on youtube where a company rigged the sync system to turn on the lights as well as run plates on there seems like the same thing carbon motors is trying to do which is really sweet. But why did Ford go from a RWD to a FWD I still dont understand when so many officers loved the RWD... It will be interesting with the Caprice PPV the new Ford PI and Carbon all coming up with new police cars. I have always been a Ford fan so I hope that Ford will take home the prize but the carbon car if priced right might be a big challange esp with all the Techy stuff it has.... What do yall think?
4 year(s) ago via
Kristoffer Olson I am a mechanice at a ford dealer in sothern california. I see alot of crow vics. i was kinda upset to see dodge in the line up of police intercepors. I was so please to hear Ford is comming back with A brand new vehicle and with the Ecoboost engine, this car is a mean lean bad guy catching machine!!! I cant wait till i see one in person. Thanx Ford for macking my the police have safer, more powerfull, enviromental friendly police cars! KEEP UP THE GOOD DESINING!!
4 year(s) ago via
matt It looks a lot like a chevy impala.
4 year(s) ago via
mark frocione Way to go Ford!!! This will be a car that will withstand the kind of abuse that the police give them all. I can't wait to see them on the road. I hope that the municipalities order them with the ecoboost and don't short change themselves. More horespower and better fuel economy. This will be the future of law enforcment.
4 year(s) ago via
Brian Very nice looking car. Can't wait to see how roomy the front compartment is when a cage is added. I am also curious to see the trunk space. Although I do have reservations about the FWD. When you have agencies of 2,000 plus sworn personel, there is a cost associated with re-training all of those officers. Along with the price tag for the vehicle itself and all the police related equipment, departments will now have to add training time, instructor time and costs. For my department that will be an added $2,000,000 to purchase these vehicles to ge the current force up to quals. Time will tell if Ford made the right decision.
4 year(s) ago via
Bob I was amazed to see the current model Ford Police inteceptors in use each time I was in Moscow Russia as the special cars for police duty. I am sure they will be interested in the new model Ford interceptor.
4 year(s) ago via
Paul I can't wait to be taken away in this one!!!
4 year(s) ago via
Joseph W. Extremely happy to see Ford stay in the lead with this beauty!
4 year(s) ago via
Patrick Awesome looking car! A big kudos to Ford for making this new Police Interceptor happen! I strongly believe our law enforcement officers will thoroughly enjoy driving this new car.
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