Ford Police Interceptors get top marks in latest police trials
Ford’s Police Interceptor duo appears to have performed well in the latest Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department annual trials.
The company claims its Police Interceptor sedan set the fastest lap of any law enforcement vehicle for the 2017 model year, while retaining its status as the quickest accelerating pursuit vehicle.
Powered by an EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine, the sedan launched to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds for the MSP tests. Rivals powered by 6.0- and 5.7-liter V8s — the Chevrolet Caprice and Dodge Charger — both took more than six seconds to reach the same speed.
Perhaps more important to officers behind the wheel, the sedan was also the quickest to reach 100 mph — taking 13.6 seconds — and reached a top speed of 150 mph. The Caprice is not far behind in acceleration, hitting 100 mph in 14.4 seconds and reaching a superior top speed of 155 mph.
The EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor Utility was not far behind its lower-riding competition in a straight line, hitting 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and pushing to 100 mph in 16 seconds flat.
“In terms of both public safety and the safety of our law enforcement officers, the best police chases are the ones that never happen,” said Ford police vehicle chief engineer Arie Groeneveld. “But like our industry-exclusive 75-mph rear crash test rating and standard full-time intelligent all-wheel drive, these results reinforce the point that Ford is relentless in pursuing safety in our police vehicles.”