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2011 Ford Police Interceptors – Click above to view the videos after the jump

The long-serving Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor will take its final bow this year, leaving behind a legacy of protecting and serving that outstrips even the legendary Chevrolet Caprice. To fill the void left by the stout-but-dated Crown Vic, Ford is releasing a fleet of new Police Interceptors, and they've got a legacy to uphold.

Ahead of their launch, Dearborn pitted the new Interceptors against their competition from Dodge and Chevrolet, the Dodge Charger and the Chevrolet Tahoe. Ford is releasing 2011 Explorer and 2011 Taurus versions of the Interceptor, with the Explorer getting a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 making 300 horsepower and the Taurus available with either a 3.5-liter 280-hp V6, or the 365 hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost mill from the SHO.

Ford is offering the Interceptors in front or all-wheel drive guise, eschewing the Crown Vic's rear-drive-only platform. Click past the jump to see how Ford's efforts stack up to the competition.

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All-New Ford Police Interceptors Challenge Competitors in
New Web Series Testing Performance, Handling and Durability

• Ford readies for the launch of its all-new Police Interceptors – the largest fleet launch
in the company's history – with an action-packed new web series that puts Ford's
purpose-built Interceptors up against the competition
• Four experienced law enforcement officers from the United States and Canada put
the all-new Ford Police Interceptors and the competition through a series of realworld
police maneuvers and driving conditions to find out which is the most capable
• Ford's new Police Interceptor sedan and utility, which debut after production of the
Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends later this year, are purpose-built to give law
enforcement agencies a comprehensive choice for pursuit vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich., March 7, 2011 – Ford, the leader in the police vehicle market, is putting
the company's all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility up against the competition in six
action-packed webisodes that debut today.

Cameras rolling, Ford turns its all-new Police Interceptors, which debut later this year, over to
the authorities for a series of competitive driving exercises against the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV
and Dodge Charger Pursuit, proving that Ford's Police Interceptors are up for any challenge.
Officers test Interceptor power and performance on a black lake simulating slick conditions,
capability and durability in the Dog Bone gravel pit, and acceleration, handling and braking tests on a tight, aggressive cone course.

"We set out to develop our new Police Interceptors to not only meet the current leader – our
own Crown Victoria – but to exceed it and the competition," said Lisa Teed, Ford Police
Interceptor marketing manager. "As we prepare for one of the biggest launches in our history of
developing police vehicles, we're committed to remaining the nation's largest provider. These
videos prove our new vehicles are purpose-built, capable, and deliver the safety, technology
and performance officers need to excel at their jobs."

Rigorously tested, police-tuned
Proven on and off camera, Ford's Police Interceptor sedan and utility have been put through
their paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure the vehicles' individual components
can hold up to rigorous driving. Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department proved out the durability and capability of the vehicles
through a variety of punishing tracks.

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Meeting a spectrum of needs
With the launch of the all-new sedan and utility Police Interceptor, Ford now provides a
complete package of performance and capability designed to meet the diverse and ever increasing needs of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. Ford's pursuit-rated utility brings
versatility to law enforcement in times where resources are constrained and agencies have to
do more with less.

Ford's portfolio provides departments the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their
needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two bodystyles, all-wheel drive (AWD) or
front-wheel drive (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.

Ford's new Police Interceptor utility vehicle is equipped with the highly efficient 3.7-liter V6
engine. This Ti-VCT engine, delivering at least 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, is mated
to a unique six-speed automatic transmission that combines lowered initial gears for improved
off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when

For the sedan, officers will have their choice of a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at
least 280 horsepower and E85 compatibility, or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 twin-turbocharged,
direct-injection engine delivering at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a
broad rpm range.

Both Ford Police Interceptors will be manufactured at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant and will
debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.

Video links:

Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 1 – Performance & Handling:
Officers test power and performance on the handling course in Ford Police Interceptor sedans
with standard 3.5-liter V6 and optional twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, and the Ford Police
Interceptor utility with 3.7-liter V6

Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 2 – Wet Pad:
On a giant skid pad flooded with water, officers push the limits of handling and control in a Ford
Police Interceptor sedan and utility, Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit

Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 3 – Dog Bone:
The unmatched capability of the all-wheel-drive, pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility are demonstrated in the Dog Bone gravel pit

Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 4 – City Pursuit:
Officers test the acceleration, handling and braking of the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and
utility, the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit on a tight, aggressive cone course
For news releases, related materials and high-resolution photos and video, visit www.media.ford.com.

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Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 5 – Officer Protection:
The next-generation Ford Police Interceptor is built to protect officers in the event of a crash,
and engineered to help them avoid a crash before it happens

Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 6 – Purpose Built:
Two distinct Ford Police Interceptor models, on one common platform, are designed and
engineered from the ground up to help officers do their jobs better

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Was there a curb-jumping test in there?

      It's okay for the boys in blue to spend an afternoon playing in the dirt, but the issue for most purchasing departments is life cycle costing. There is no way an inherently fragile, front wheel drive, turbocharged V6, uni-body vehicle will have the long term ruggedness, durability and repair-ability of a solid, sturdy, RWD, V8, body on frame vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I meant that the turbos on the twin-turbo mill are water-cooled, not just the engine itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spin cycle: Picky, picky, picky!

        Let's get more technical then, shall we? Okay, it's not that the turbo is water-cooled, r the bearings are water-cooled. The case has water passages that allow water to travel through it and transfer heat from the bearings to the case to the coolant, which then flows via passages and hoses to the radiator, where coolant is then cooled by the airflow passing over the radiator.

        Sheeze dude, this isn't shop class or even an A-school class. You want to get technical, fine, but if we're going on techhnicalities then the entire powerplant is ultimately *air-cooled*.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While you have a semi-valid point, primarily in locations that are rural, there are a couple of things to consider:

        1.) Cops don't spend their entire day reenacting Bullitt, Dukes of Hazzard, or any myriad of cop-chase movies.

        2.) The twin-turbo mill is water-cooled.

        3.) This is *not* a first for police departments. I've seen FWD Chevy Impalas and Dodge Intrepids working as law-enforcement mules. Heck, the NYPD uses more than their own fair share of FWD vehicles.

        Your logic makes sense for police departments 30 years ago, but not now. Times have changed and so has the face of the law enforcement vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope you are not suggesting that the RWD Dodge and Chev sedans are body on frame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Turbos aren't really cooled, they're supposed to run hot. You mean the bearings on the turbos are water-cooled. This has been the norm in cars for 15 years at least. This change (from oil cooling) has increased long-term reliability of turbos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2010 hemi rwd vs. 2011ford awd...... Not really equal. Should have compared against the 2011hemi awd charger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite impressive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      AND YES, NO FURTHER COMMENTS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And what can be said about reliability, MOPARS, HEMIS ARE BULLET PROOF,what about the new Ford Turbo engine????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check out the track runs at Gratten from this year's MSP testing. The Taurus PI erased a 30-second head start and passed the Charger at Gratten, and was gaining on the Caprice (which started 60 seconds ahead) when they ran out of laps.
        Horsepower is great in a straight line, but traction and control trumps it in 95% of all driving situations. Which is where the new Ford PI is way ahead of the competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        People like you will trust them, but nobody with at least a cent of brain will believe them, excuse me, but after so many miles why is the engine so clean inside? Why is it that there is no sign of wear why? the oil pan was almost new, what type of oil was used to made that possible, in my opinion that is B.S. another lie from Ford.
        I had a 6 cil Ford Explorer the one with several timing chains, and they broke very early, they made a huge damage to the engine, and yes Ford sent me a recall for the engine, but it was late for it. Service manager told me they are still experiencing the same old problems year after year, trannys have been also very bad. So don't tell me you believe them, they had to make that show to convince people to buy them their new Turbo engine.
        I might be wrong but nothing, no engine compares to a HEMI !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ive seen both the Taurus and Charger-based squads out in my area, both blacked out and unmarked, spare a few small LED lights mounted in rear window and front grilles. Im sure most cops would prefer a RWD layout that the Charger offers, but AWD will come in handy during inclement weather. We'll see which is the more popular platform in the next few years. In any case, I have to admit that both the Taurus and Charger look sexy as patrol cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats neat. I did not expect them to be that good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're basically advertising AWD. When the guy says "it's nothing like I ever driven before" it's because he never drove a turbo or AWD car before. It would be fun to compare these with an Evo or Subaru police car....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both the EVO and STi have a center differential, they don't drive the same as front drive with PTO systems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great and all, but I highly doubt most departments will want to drop extra cash for AWD, especially when its more expensive to repair than RWD. Same deal with ecoboost, I think cops would just prefer a sturdy V8 instead. Probably why you see so many chargers around.

      Most departments are going to go with the Charger or Caprice and Tahoe. The main reason the police buy so many Tahoes is that they are even cheaper than Crown Vics in the long run because they can get so much for them when they sell them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is unsaid here so far is what kind of impact this is going to have on department budgets.

      The overwhelming reason the Crown Vic held on as long as it did is because the car's longevity made it extremely easy to work on and find parts. The new generation will require new training for technicians, and will likely require more maintenance. In a time of cutbacks, departments are about to see a significant increase in the cost of keeping up their vehicle fleets.

      Now, there will likely be offsetting savings; the higher performance and better handling of these vehicles may help officers avoid accidents, and fuel economy will doubtless be better. Even so, there will be a period of adjustment, and it may not be pretty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking along those lines.

        How about a different kind of comparison: where a city mechanic has to change out a water pump. I'm thinking it's about twice the labor time for the transverse engine, especially the EcoBoost car with everything really crammed under the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it funny that Ford left out the Caprice out of the comparo...

      Guess it's easier to fix the comparo than actually compete against the real competition.

      Full size RWD BOF SUV vs. AWD mid size uni-body SUV?

      Really Ford?

      All the smack talk and you fix it where you'd come out ahead?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford's idea of winning is to compare their new car to an outdated one. I'm pretty sure the Chevrolet Caprice PPV bested both the 2011 Tauraus and 2011 Charger in a test. Yes I believe it did...

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Ford's idea of winning is to compare their new car to an outdated one. I'm pretty sure the Chevrolet Caprice PPV bested both the 2011 Tauraus and 2011 Charger in a test. Yes I believe it did..." - Tom

        Go reread your evidence. Chevy's bogey for that assertion was the Crown Victoria on the grounds that they would have the order books opened for the Caprice well before Ford does for the FPIs. Nonetheless, the FPI AWD beat the Caprice's braking distance and lap times in that test.

        As for Martin (among others), the Caprice is still a few weeks out of availability if the dates in that article are accurate. However, I doubt it would've made a huge difference. The tests chosen by Ford for this presentation heavily emphasize the traction and stability offered by the FPI family's AWD system, something no Pursuit-rated GM vehicle has an answer for. The Caprice maybe faster in a straight line, but it will still be more prone to spinning out during high speed maneuvering or adverse traction conditions, and will bog down in soft terrain just like the Tahoe PPV and Charger Police Pursuit did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Caprice is not yet on sale and therefore unavailable. Chevy won't provide vehicle to a competitor for testing.
        Regarding the article you mention, if you read it through, you'll see that Chevy is only comparing to the existing Crown Vic. They didn't include results for the new PIs because they aren't on sale yet, even though they were tested at MSP.
        Additionally, if you check the LASD testing, you'll see different results for the Caprice vs. Taurus, except for top speed, which Ford puts a limiter on because most police departments don't want top speed to get out of hand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so uhm, where was this in the comparison??


      there is no outrunning a Pontiac G8 GT unless you have a pretty serious muscle car or sports car. I would have liked to see this put in this comparison but I guess Ford was afraid to? It is not quite released yet but I'm sure GM would have been MORE than happy to lend them one for this test.
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