• Oct 6, 2006

Ford's SOHC 4.6L V8 isn't exactly known for its potential to make big power, and saddling it with over two tons of mass means that Crown Vics aren't exactly feared on the streets unless they're being driven by a police officer. Sal Mennella from Power Surge Performance (a shop specializing in Ford PCM tuning) developed a solution for this problem, however, in the form of a supercharged 5.4L that he snagged from Ford's defunct Lightning sport truck. As delivered from the factory, this engine was usually good for about 330 rear-wheel horsepower - a substantial improvement over the sub-200 RWHP provided by the stock motor.

As if that wasn't enough, the stock Eaton blower was replaced with the substantially more efficient Whipple supercharger to provide more boost. The stock heads and throttle body remain, though, as do the stock cast iron exhaust manifolds. This combination produces nearly 540 horsepower at the rear wheels, as well as a dead-flat torque curve that maintains more than 500 lb-ft over the entire duration of the dyno pull.

This has us convinced that Ford should offer a GT500 version of the CV - just so long as it promises not to offer them to law enforcement agencies.

[Source: Crownvic.net]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      check this video out... that cop got OWNED!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKQpL5By-HY

      if cops drove around in BIMMERS, we'd all be fucked
      • 8 Years Ago
      The honda fit gas tank is between the wheels. Plus it is so light that it would receive less force before getting pushed out of the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can't believe the vitriolic reaction such a harmless topic has generated. Take it easy guys - it's just a Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes peope do worship the Crown vic I DO!!! why do u think this site is here there are clubs out here and many young people own these cars I DO!!! so dont be hatin on thsi tryin to act like you hard on the internet your a child.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The dude's name is "Sal Mennella?" Sounds like Bart Simpson has been having fun again.

      Scott
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not a plagiarist...and for that, i give someone else credit for his words. I'm not sure who wrote this, but here it is - and true too!
      3 antennas on ebay---$150
      P71 Police Interceptor Cruiser---$4000.00 (including tax, tag, and title, with half a gas tank)
      Never being tailgated---priceless!

      What about that? While these cars are not really meant to be raced, how about dropping a 32v cobra motor into it? Supercharged? Forget even that. As they are, you have no problem changing lanes and overtaking other cars. This thing speeds up easy. I'm 16. This is my second car (corolla was first). I love it. Back seat? Yeah...u know what i'm talking about. Mine is white, so i don't have to worry about getting rear-ended. Full badges + tint makes everyone stop short and fall back. They think i'm a cop. Cops nod at me. Kids wave. Women shriek into oh-my-god-it's-like-i-though-he-was-a-cop-but-he's-not-oh-my-god-like.... Yeah, that.
      It's fun. Safe. And who in the world is going to rear-end me at 70mph?

      Before blabbering out your one-sided opinions, at-least drive one, try to give it a fair chance, and then make remarks. As far as negatives go, there are a few. Not to be racist but the car is envied by african american society and it's prone to theft. Also, when people "finally" realize that you are not a cop (especially because of my front bumper plate that says POPO on the loose) they act weird and crazy. Also, it sucks being stuck behind two cars going side by side whot think you are a cop and they slow down to 30mph. Yeah. Even cops hate that when you guys (us) do it to them.

      They last forever. If there is a problem with motor/tranny (I turn my own wrenches), go to junkyard, get a mustang motor/tranny, swap in, ready to go. parts are readily available. heavy duty police package. Bigger alternator. Aluminum drive-shaft. 3.73 rear gears. Enough trunk space to stuff eight more dead bodies in the trunk (i've already got one...just kidding).

      WHat's not to love. The ice-cold blown ac? Just because it's TOO cold? ok. yeah...seats need lumbar support - i'm 6foot 5 at 243lbs and i need that. Other than that...i love the car. I can walk in with muddy feet (i've got vinyl liner instead of carpet) and just take a wet rag and wipe it down.

      In other words, there are alot more. i don't have all the time in the world. For mine, however, (i'm at 110000 miles). Around 150000, i'll do a 32v cobra motor swap with paxton supercharger. i'll try running around 400+hp.

      Still hate crown vics? GO to youtube.com and type in crown vic. Look for a customized one that states 650hp on it. It's got a plethora of stickers on it. It's made by ford racing's team panther. Check it out! THen tell me if a ricer/rice-burner can do that---and do that without making a farting sound from the muffler. I wanna hear that whine from the supercharger. Can it do that? i doubt that. But check it out anyway and then envy for the rest of your life.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott - i was going to point out the same. "Sal Mennella?" the heck?

      is his secretary's name "Amanda Hugginkiss?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      My neighbor hired a shop to put a V8 into his old Jeep. Does that merit a writeup on autoblog too?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seabass, how did you ever get so insightful? Your wisdom flows through your keyboard and onto this page. I check this board hourly just to see what I can learn from your posts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Poopy, you called me a tard so childish isn't something you should attempt to label someone else unless you are willing to look within first. It's childish to become offended when someone puts something back in your lap when you initiated it.

      Quote whatever study you wish as it doesn't matter to me. I have found that study results can be manipulated to suit the researchers hypothesis; just look at any poll or research conducted about anything and the result can be spun to favor completely opposite sides. Thankfully, I haven't ever been involved in an accident large or small. Additionally, most accidents aren't major ones fortunately so I'm really not concerned.

      Nice Audi by the way. I'm glad you enjoy it although it's not for me. I can't imagine paying over $30 large for a used car which can't seat six and gets worse mileage than my outdated taxi. Does it bother you that in day to day driving on city streets that your car can't do anything better than mine for twice the price or are you compensating for something with your purchase? It would explain your angst. Or perhaps you just hate it that other people are secure in their manhood and aren't concerned so much about what other's think of them.

      Dude, go out and get a nice girl. You can take her home and work off some of that angst because those long nights sitting out in the garage looking at your Audi aren't working for ya bro.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Your reply only further proves my point. You have no come back so you resort to personal attacks with no pretense or backing. I can call you an idiot because I uncovered the flaws in your logic. You on the other hand, have nothing but penis comments. You're the one that needs to grow up. Not me.

      I responded here because you made a false claim about the CV. In turn, you are too immature to admit you were wrong.

      Like the blue collar boys say: You can't fix stupid

      FYI, I cross shopped the CV because I have an investment in a dealer group that happens to own a Ford dealer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      500 HP or 50 HP; it doesn't matter. Only people north of 70 years old drive one. The CV is worsiped by cab drivers and cops and completely shunned by everyone else. Remember the remake of the Marauder? Not exactly a sales success, and you can guess why (hint: it looked like a Crown Vic without a roof-mounted lightbar).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not North of 70 and I drive a Crown Victoria. At present I own/drive a '06 P71 that's got every police agency upgrade possible as well as a few more of my own. After being rear ended by a drunk driver estamated speed of 60 to 70 MPH I vowed I'd never drive a mid-sized (Mustang 5.0) car ever again. It took fire & rescue almost an hour to cut me out. My P71's got plenty of get up n go power as well as preformance for a full sized car. Granted I may be driving what you consider a car for the seniors North of 70 but I can guarentee if I put you behind the wheel of my P71 I'm sure you'd be pretty darn impressed
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