Ford Police Interceptors lead Michigan, LA cop trials
Ford’s Police Interceptor lineup has set several performance benchmarks in department vehicle trials orchestrated by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The EcoBoost-powered sedan and its high-riding counterpart, the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, are said to have achieved the fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration times, quickest quarter-mile run, highest top speed and the lowest average lap time in their respective categories.
The sedan reached 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, representing a 0.8-second advantage over the 5.7-liter HEMI Dodge Charger and 0.9 seconds quicker than the Chevrolet Caprice with a 6.0-liter V8.
“We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute,” said Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer Arie Groeneveld. “Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely. This team is obsessed with officer safety.”
The company notes that both the LASD and MSP have implemented new testing protocols, running cars in “key on and drive” configuration — with traction and stability control on default settings — to better replicate performance in real-world scenarios.
While most police officers presumably enjoy the performance advantage of a fast vehicle, safety advocates have continued to call for more restraint to prevent casualties in high-speed police chases. The US Department of Justice suggests more than 90 percent of pursuits are triggered by a simple traffic violation rather than a more serious crime, however thousands of innocent bystanders have been killed in such chases.