• Nov 19th 2010 at 8:58AM
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The battle for law enforcement domination rages on. A gaggle of would-be police cruisers showed up at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for public testing recently, and of all the competitors, the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor with its twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine managed to turn the quickest lap time of the bunch by beating out the V8-powered forces from Dodge and Chevrolet. It also ran from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds. Ford isn't saying exactly which other cars were on hand for abuse, but we can probably guess they were the Caprice and Charger.

The new 3.7-liter V6-powered Police Interceptor Utility, which is based on upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer, also managed to turn a lap time that was a full two seconds quicker than the new law enforcement Chevrolet Tahoe. Both vehicles were laden with a 400-pound cargo box at the time.

Ford's standard 3.5-liter V6 held its own during the competition, too – beating out the rest of the V6-equipped enforcers in handling, braking, acceleration and lap time tests. Ford says that in addition to performance and durability, the Interceptor also brings impressive fuel economy to the table – offering up to 20-percent better economy than the outgoing Crown Victoria.

How's that for a change from the last time these bruisers locked horns? Hit the jump for the full press release.

Live photos by Steven J. Ewing / Copyright ©2010 AOL

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2010 – Ford, the maker of the most popular police vehicle in America, continued its leadership position this week, recording the fastest lap time of any police car with its all-new Police Interceptor sedan in testing by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The results achieved by the next-generation Police Interceptors are proof points that Ford has engineered purpose-built and durable vehicles for the law enforcement community.

Ford's Police Interceptor AWD sedan, equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, delivered an impressive 0-60 mph test of 5.8 seconds and the fastest lap time – trumping all V8 competition from Chevrolet and Dodge. Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.

"These are purpose-built vehicles that we have developed with the support of police agencies across the U.S. and Canada," said Kevin Koswick, director of Ford's North American Fleet Operations. "As the leader in police vehicles 15 years running, Ford is committed to remaining the nation's largest provider of police vehicles. We're offering law enforcement officials a portfolio of products that are purpose-built and deliver on our commitment of providing the safety, technology, durability and performance they need to excel at their jobs."

Equally impressive, Ford's base 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT Police Interceptor sedan with AWD showcased stellar handling and performance, beating all V6 competitors in braking, acceleration and lap times. The combination of 280 horsepower with twin-injected variable cam timing technology, six-speed transmission and unique pursuit suspension tuning and calibration delivered the goods.

For the first time ever, Ford has a Police Interceptor utility vehicle equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine and all-wheel-drive technology. When tested with a 400-pound loaded cargo box, the Police Interceptor utility posted the fastest lap time, beating the Chevrolet Tahoe by more than two seconds. These results achieved Ford's target of delivering a pursuit-rated utility that matches the performance and handling of the V6 Police Interceptor sedan.

Ford's new portfolio of Police Interceptors provides departments the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two bodystyles, AWD or FWD, and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20 percent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Both Ford Police Interceptors debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Syrus Maxx
      • 4 Years Ago
      1994 LT-1 Corvette............ (modified) 0 to 60 in 3.997 seconds. Top speed around 175+ mph........... Bye Bye "Ford". (o:
      • 4 Years Ago
      6 cyl twin turbo...motor is gonna be junk after 100k miles...then what...there gonna have to replace the motors & turbos @ $5500.oo dollars or more a piece ? I am betting there NOT gonna get these fords just for that reason. Cops don't need the fastest car on the block, they have Motorola, and theres a cop within 3 minutes of each other most of the time, and there catchin them with what they have now..so whats the sense ? They need a DURABLE car that will stand up to continuous abuse for 300k miles. Now that makes sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "How's that for a change from the last time these bruisers locked horns?"

      It's a change because this time, the Taurus actually got to compete, instead of GM excluding the new car's results in favor of the outdated Vic. Gee, I wonder why they did that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Competition makes good vehicles, better. I doubt Ford will design a new RWD vehicles just for law enforcement, but I do see them doing so if other vehicles are spun from it. Law enforcement units would be "gravy" if there's a business plan for the regular units, probably make a Lincoln or 2 from it. Lets not under estimate the Taurus though, I've seen these jump up on curbs just as the Crown Vic...same platform as the new Explorer and has been tested in everything from the Volvo Xc90 to the Flex. There are "tweaks" to the Police Taurus, that are very similar to that of the SUVs suspensions too...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why design a new one? Ford has a RWD platform already. Much like the Caprice's roots are from an Australian Holden Commodore, so too does Ford have a full-size RWD counterpart down under, namely the Ford Falcon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing beats the longterm durability of a rwd PPV. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy payoff, Batman! A Frod V6 beats a Chev V8? How much did Frod pay you to write this garbage? That's right, Frod, not Ford. Fraud, or Frod, is the key word here. In this case you can judge a book by it's cover. It was the driver's skill, not the car's speed/power being tested here. You didn't fool me for a minute. Shame on you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I haven't seen the sales numbers but I have to say, if the car ISN'T selling well, I'll be damned if I know why. I love the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, that's good news then. I tell everyone to check the Taurus out. It's really a great car. Every time I talk to owners, they seem to love it, and have zero problems too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Taurus has about 5-6K sales a month (59K year-to-date), which is pretty good for full size cars. I think it might even be the leader of the segment. Competitor YTD sales are:

        Avalon 23K
        Lacrosse 52K
        300 36K
        Charger 45K

        Am I missing anyone? I don't think the Accord is considered full size, since it completes with the midsizers primarily.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ KGaver and katshot

        Volume isn't the only metric that counts. Ford is selling a lot of AWD and Limited models; SHO models make up almost twice the amount that Ford originally anticipated. Highly optioned Tauruses aren't cheap, there has to be a good profit margin on them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford has to figure out some way to sell those Taurus. I guess this new one is returning to it's roots and becoming a fleet queen just like the 90s Taurus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Guess your not much of a car guy to say Ford needs to find a way to sell those Tauruses as that car is flyinging off the lots with many dealerships having very limited supplies to even have on handon. The police version with Ford reliability is replaceing the fleet crown vic so with Ford reliability with police agencies its no desperation by Ford just a fact they sell what the people want.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I realize sedans are a bit boring, but the Taurus is gorgeous and reliable.

        I'm a big fan of Honda's Accord, but the Taurus is a much prettier car. What are you comparing the Taurus to?

        If Ford keeps making cars like this, they will become the world's largest automaker. Toyota (a good automaker) is inferior, which is something I didn't expect to happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give a cop a turbo car then they will understand why people like turbos. I know one cop will at least brake boost it one time(lol).
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP Crown Vic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My local police drive Crown Vics Police Interceptors and V6 Chargers... I don't think having the fastest car is their top concern.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These comparisons are more entertaining than the "my truck can tow more than yours" comparos.
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