• Mar 12, 2010
2012 Ford Police Interceptor – Click above for high-res image gallery

Later today, Ford will officially unveil its new Police Interceptor at a private fleet sales event in Las Vegas, but the first images of the new vehicle were posted this morning on the company's website. As has been rumored for some time, Ford will be adapting the Taurus to take over for the aged Crown Victoria, which is finally being euthanized in September 2011.

At this point, we don't have any mechanical details on the new cop car. We wouldn't be surprised if Ford offers the Interceptor in two forms: a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 version with front-wheel drive could serve for all those local applications like liaison officers, supervisors, etc. where extra performance is not needed. The true Interceptors for highway patrol applications will probably use the SHO powertrain with the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 and all-wheel drive.

This twin-turbo cop car would provide the first real performance challenge to the increasingly popular Dodge Charger while likely getting much better fuel economy (not to mention GM's upcoming V8-powered, RWD, Zeta-based cruiser), and we presume that the Blue Oval will field the new units with the obligatory upgrades, including a more robust suspension, cooling system, electrical system and, hopefully, brakes. We should have all the answers for you around lunch time.



[Source: Ford]


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      FRITZ
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as they keep rounding up all the colored criminals on the streets they are worth it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just when I thought the Taurus couldn't get any more dorky looking..........enter Robodork.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn! I knew they would do this. I was really hoping that the new Interceptor would not be a modified Taurus. For branding purposes, I like the idea that the SHO does not have a service counterpart. But I understand from a platform development cost standpoint (and gaining more ROI from the expense of developing the D platform), this move was inevitable. With the vehicles costing $40k at retail, I am really wondering how comfortable municipalities would be to pay for it, even regarding the potential drive til destroyed service life and any fleet discount given. But it's a bold time for Ford, and it does make for a nice sedan. Time will tell.
      Rich
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Carbon Motors E-7 is the police car of the future. It only makes sense to have a purpose built police car when you already have purpose built fire trucks and ambulances.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a wonderfull car :-) Here http://findrapidlinks.com/ I found a very cool pictures of this car:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not that Ford/GM can't justify the costs, it's the police departments who can't justify the costs.

      Plus, you've gotta realise, that the pictures don't represent what is actually going into the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While there may be a turbo package for some department looking to get a high speed pursuit vehicle, most will probably be built with the 305 hp version of the 3.7L for simplicity's sake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to Carbon Motors? They where supposed to own this segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last I knew Carbon was still in the development stage with their car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're joking, right? If Carbon Motors ever ships a vehicle, I'll be surprised. Police departments don't have the f-ing money to spend on a purpose built (read: expensive) car like what Carbon Motors is peddling. What people forget about the Crown Vic is that they were cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, and had a ready re-sale market as taxis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carbon Motors will only own this segment in their dreams. They can never build cars as cheaply as the major manufacturers and cash-strapped police agencies won't buy a $50,000 police cruiser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell with criminal "comfort," pick ups would do, just cuff and throw them in the bed like Walker, TX ranger!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somehow I doubt a car that they produced a zillion of (and for mostly fleet use) over nearly two decades will be a future collectible. Especially since it was a pretty dire car. But you never know I guess.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Ford shove the 5.0 V8 in one of these. THAT would be the shiz.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I just wouldn't want to see what the transmission would look like after you did!
      Capt. D. Larimore
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet Ride!!!!!
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