• Jul 27, 2007
Many fans of the Ford Motor Company are longing for some form of the RWD Interceptor concept to become a production reality, and little do they know, such a vehicle is on the way. Well, it's not exactly the Interceptor concept, but spy shots of the 2008 Crown Victoria show that the original Police special will receive the Ford corporate three-bar grille when its refreshed. If the more masculine front clip isn't enough for you to spring for Ford's fleet maestro, then check out the new "special edition" badging complete with a crown adorning the colors of the Italian flag. The only other visible difference on the '08 donut delivery vehicle of choice is a puzzling strip of chrome at the bottom of the lower fascia which looks like a bling goatee. No word yet on powertrain, but the existing 4.6L V8 and a four speed automatic are good bets.
It's difficult to understand why Ford would go to the trouble of doing anything other than a full remodel of the Crown Vic. However trivial the costs of the updates, given that the Vic is now available for fleet sales only, we can't see anybody looking at the 2008 Crown Victoria and saying anything other than.... TAXI!

Click the Read link to see the full view of the Vickie's new three-bar grille.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry folks, I followed the link, and ended up reading this instead.

      http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/automotive_news/4219741.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drove my grandmother's '98 Crown Vic for the first time in years last weekend. It only has 28k miles on it and looks like a new car.....but the compliments end there.

      I drove my Mazda3 to her house, then took her to lunch and she insisted we drive the tank. I was baffled the whole time I drove it thinking- "Why in hell would anyone want one of these?"

      It was very similar to how I felt when I'd be stuck driving my ex-roomie's 2001 Sable. It was his company car but even he was embarrassed to drive it on a date, so he'd borrow my '92 Accord EX. He and I both agreed, if we were given the choice of either at the same price, we'd pick the nine year older Accord....no matter what the price!

      UGH! Cars like those are what's wrong with Ford!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, if police departments keep buying 'em, Ford will keep selling 'em.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I read somewhere that its a 31 year old platform. But hey, if it still sells and makes a profit, let 'em sell it. If Toyota can dress up a Camry and sell it for $55,000 CAD...

        • 7 Years Ago
        To be fair, the Lexus ES isn't really a dressed-up Camry any more than the MKZ is a dressed-up Mazda6. Yes, they share the same fundamental platform, but other than engineering similarities they're different cars.

        Platform sharing (Altima/Maxima/Murano, 6/Fusion/Edge, Camry/ES/RX/Highlander, Caliber/Lancer/Outlander) is not the same as badge engineering (Cobalt/G5, Fusion/Milan).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Err, I as Italian, i'm wondering: why the italian flag?

      I always liked this car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      And I was starting to worry that I wouldn't recognize unmarked cop cars since they've started to switch to Dodge cars and various SUVs... thank goodness for the identifiably bland Crown Vic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A friend once told me he thought it should be illegal for civilians to buy Cop cars so we wouldn't mix them up on the road (mainly Crown Vics). I made him realised that nobody buys them anyway wich ammounts to the same result.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford, PLEASE just give us the Falcon!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        More and more these days, I see Impalas and Chargers being used as police cruisers. These vehicles must offer as much as or more than the Crown Vic, or they would not be gaining sales. I don't have a problem with satisfying the needs of the fleet market, but if that is what Ford wants to do, they should focus on improvements that would benefit the fleets. I don't think the police care about a 3-bar chrome grille. I have never seen any chrome on a cop car. Which brings me back to my original point: The Falcon would sell in the States, both to the public and in fleets. In Australia does well in both these markets.

        As for the taxi fleet market, this car is great--but other cities are bound to follow New York in creating a hybrid taxi service. To combat this, Ford would need to put a hybrid configuration in the Crown Vic. Instead, it seems like they are focusing on getting the Escape in the NY taxi fleets.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Rambo: if everyone shared your opinion, the Crown Vic would not be fleet-only.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jon:
        Maybe you could explain to me what is wrong with satisfying the needs of the fleet market? In a previous article Autoblog made the point that the domestics were withdrawing from fleet sales and the imports were taking up the slack. Responses followed boasting that the imports were making great moves by obtaining market share. Fleets want reliable vehicles with low owerniship costs at low prices and the Crown Vic offers all those attributes plus saftey and size. GO FORD!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Crown Vic is Ford's equivilant of that old piece of clothing you had in the '70s or '80s. If you hold onto it for long enough, it'll come back into style (e.g. large RWD sedans)!
      • 7 Years Ago
      You may hang jewels on a sow, but you still have a sow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always thought the current CV was a sharp looking vehicle. It has that long, wide, low look that you can only get on a 19 foot full size car.

      If they'd made the 2003 Marauder a $4000 sport package and not a $10,000 nameplate upgrade that they never advertised and Mercury geezers didn't want, I think it could have had some success as a consumer vehicle.

      It needs the 3V V8. I would never buy one new, but a 2-3 year old car is one of the best used deals going and 60 more HP would make it fun.


      • 7 Years Ago
      I still let off the accelerator when I see a Crown Vic coming the other way. Old habits are hard to break.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The side emblem is quite retro. So of the 'veteran' readers will recognize it as the badge some Ford products used in the 1950's and 60's. What's old is new, and vice versa.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Crown Vic is one of the best-riding vehicles I've been around (or at least the Panther platform). It's NEVER harsh, and who gives a crap about cornering in something supposed to go down the highway or down the boulevard at posted speeds?

      As to the "It should have NO chrome" remark: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? You can't get enough chrome, IMO. It needs chrome rims rather than those silver aluminum jobs.

      I want a 4.6 3-valve option, a 5.4 3-valve, and the on-again-off-again Hurricane motor available. 25-30k gets a 300HP large sedan that will stomp SIVIK ESS EYE TYPE ARR ARR MUGENS all day. 350hp with the 5.4, 400 with the Hurricane, you get my point.

      I'll take a Vicky before any other "big" sedan. Charger? Fugly, and a desecration. 300C? Fugly. 500? FWD, too heavy. Oh, wait, that's the TAURUS. Oh. Does anyone care?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Matters why? 500/Taurus is a unibody, and a brand new design at that. The Vicky ain't light, but it IS a body-on-frame, fullsize.

        I dunno, I just like big cars, and the Vic/Marquis/Town Car are the last of the real ones.
        • 7 Years Ago
        RIGHT ON!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Crown Vic weighs 400lbs more than the Taurus.

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