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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has been testing police vehicles annually since 1974, and the 2011 model-year edition featured new entries from the likes of Ford, Chevy and Dodge. You've read about Ford's new Taurus-based Police Interceptor that looks to replace the venerable Crown Victoria, and you've seen our episode featuring the hi-tech Chevy Caprice PPV, but who wins in a head to head comparison? Chevy's Caprice PPV topped the competition in the braking test, with a panic stopping distance of 138.44 ft from 60 mph. It also produced the best fuel economy results, with 18.9 mpg under some hard driving conditions. But, Ford's Interceptor otherwise outdid the Chevy on the day. The 3.5L V6 EcoBoost AWD Interceptor Sedan clocked the fastest 0-60 mph time at 5.83 sec, about 2 tenths of a second faster than the 6.0L V8 Chevy Caprice PPV. The Ford Interceptor also logged the fastest average time in a 32 lap high-speed endurance course, outpacing the Caprice by just under 2 seconds.

Ford credits their success in the LASD tests to their years of experience building the Crown Victoria Interceptor and their direct-injected, turbocharged EcoBoost engine technology.

"EcoBoost powertrain performance is optimized for closing speed and maximizing takedowns, thus preventing high-speed pursuits from even forming," said Bill Gubing, Ford's chief engineer for their Police Interceptors.

The full 2011 model-year LASD report is available here.

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Ford Police Interceptor Vehicles Best Competition in Annual L.A. County Sheriff's Department Police Vehicle Tests

• Ford's next-generation Police Interceptor® vehicles eclipsed the competition in acceleration, braking, high-speed pursuit and city pursuit testing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

• The all-new Ford Police Interceptor vehicles benchmark the industry standard, Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, while delivering better performance, handling and fuel economy

• Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can purchase an all-new, American-made vehicle with the proven durability and price range of the popular Crown Victoria. Police agencies can currently place orders through dealerships

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23, 2011 – The all-new Ford Police Interceptor® sedan and utility vehicle posted class-leading figures in the complete series of performance tests conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD).

The entire portfolio of Police Interceptor vehicles passed the extreme testing conducted by the LASD and proved to the public and the law enforcement industry that Ford delivers purpose-built, pursuit-rated Police Interceptor vehicles.

The annual test to validate pursuit performance on police vehicles is a joint evaluation conducted by the LASD with the support of the L.A. Police Department. To match real-world patrol conditions, emphasis is placed on a semi-continuous run of 32 high-speed pursuit laps to test for brake and tire durability, powertrain robustness and high vehicle temperature driveability.

"Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for the law enforcement community to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively," said Lisa Teed, Ford marketing manager for the Police Interceptor products. "The LASD testing proves the durability of Ford's latest generation of police vehicles."

Leading the competition
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost® all-wheel-drive sedan posted the fastest acceleration times of the event.

"EcoBoost powertrain performance is optimized for closing speed and maximizing takedowns, thus preventing high-speed pursuits from even forming," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for the Police Interceptors.

The EcoBoost-equipped Police Interceptor sedan completed the 32-lap, high-speed pursuit test posting the fastest average lap time, which was roughly two seconds faster than the V8 competitors.

Not to be outdone, the 3.7-liter Police Interceptor utilities completed the grueling 32-lap tests, and the all-wheel-drive variants all posted faster times than their competitors by roughly two seconds per lap. The Police Interceptor utilities also performed well in the braking event by stopping eight feet better than direct competitors.

The 3.5-liter Ti-VCT sedans completed the 32-lap high-speed pursuit test, outperforming the outgoing Crown Victoria. The Ti-VCT sedans also shined in the city pursuit test, posting times better than the V8 competitors. The city pursuit testing is a series of short straights and quick turns to simulate a tight, city-style pursuit. The event tests the vehicle's driving dynamics and ease of pursuit driving in urban environments.

Experience counts
Building on more than 15 years of leadership, Ford took the key product attributes that made Crown Victoria Police Interceptor the leading law enforcement vehicle and increased the next-generation product's capabilities including the first and only pursuit-rated all-wheel-drive police vehicles. Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the same durability and price range as the popular Crown Victoria. The new Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle will be built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant.

Working with Ford's Police Advisory Board consisting of law enforcement professionals from the United States and Canada who provided feedback on attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality, the new Police Interceptor vehicles are purpose-built to meet the requirements of this demanding industry.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Do these cars allow the police to carry all of the equipment they need? I haven't seen any of these cars in service, but regardless of the miles per gallon, do either of these makes offer the trunk room that the old Crown Vics did? What do I know?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know that the Ford Explorer adapted for Police use is meant to be the more utility driven vehicle, but both have been specifically adapted for police use, including modifications for computer equipment and storage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just the tip of the government takeover iceberg. More to follow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Harryforr. What if your daughter was in the car ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      A factory-stock Dodge Charger R/T with the 5.7 Hemi (not the SRT8 hotrod with the 6.4 Hemi), with the Road & Track package and Super Track Pak, available to anyone, will do 165. And it looks like it means business when it comes up behind you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great way to whiz more money away. High speed chases are dumb at best and put many people at risk. Simply record licenses and email them a ticket, you do not need super speed Cruisers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        if someone speeds then that may be because they were robbing someone or they murdered or comitted some other crime. i will admit that it is just as often that it is they are late for school or work or something but not all the time. emailing a ticket to these people who commit crimes are not going to respond and just delete their email then move so that they cant be tracked. i see a need for a super speed cruiser to help keep us safe. im not saying that speed chases dont put people at risk but speeders also put people at risk.
        • 3 Years Ago
        what if your car is stolen, and used in the commission of a crime? How does sending a ticket to a victim of a stolen vehicle solve high speed chases. Flawed logic Harry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this have future altercations? Better stopping - shorter distance-good vs - more tires to be replaced at because of worn spots causing bumping and unevenware times no. of vehicles. What the taxpayers yearly difference mark up per person per year including repairs on increasing accidents. Besides going faster and looks--Should not technology actually be helping the purpose of protecting the public with better updated necessary equipment rather than tv show mentallity of faster and better cars all the time? That is a lot of money thrown on speed when high speed chases should be minimized causing less affordable collateral damages. How about cameras that send live feed from police vehicles to the dispatch on duty sgt. or lt. posted for observation of stops using officer(s) watching the videos and auto record at dispatch without stop button which helps officers for their own protection. Take to the next level to help them by including an audio to the officers uniform which transmit to the police vehicle which is also transmistted with the visual. An evaluation on the job can also be more informatively obtained from an overall review board of higher ranking supervisors and their supervisors. Win Win Situation. Public wins to as a permanet record correctly in place and protected assist in improvement also in procedure improvements, field evaluations as well as supervisor be evaluated by their supervisors on preformance and fit for duty in their relevant capacities whether field or office. These suggestions are subjective in nature and if they have been sucessfully implemented--Ecellant- Cost can like in any business be justified in savings and court cost I hope and a fairness to those on the streets as 1st line of defense and a lot less paperwork (guess 70%) saved on paper, time on write up or shorter easier officer friendly forms on onboard computer and more usefulness and availabilty on the street. This lets the officers do what they chose as a career instead of being caught up in ink and boredem and do what they like--Which is Being an Officer of the Law and not handcuffed to manual paperwork. Science has traveled pretty far so lets help them (1st line of defense) too...Thanks for listening...
        • 3 Years Ago
        as i replied to an earlier comment that agrees with you, there are times when measures like this wont work. i am not denying that chases put people at risk but sometimes you must go through a risk to catch the criminals. again not saying your argument is not valid, only stating that there are times when highspeed chases are necessary because other measures wont work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that they'll have super cars maybe they'll go after super criminals instead of the average citizen. We have all kinds of major crime but they continue to waste their time pulling over the commoner. Go get em guys
        • 3 Years Ago
        No kidding! When the former peace officers (currently LAW ENFORCEMENT) start arresting billionaires like John Corzine and Henry Paulson who are robbing this country blind and using our military to hijack every other country on this planet then maybe you can preen and dance around and show off your sporty new civil right violating machines, designed to sniff drugs from behind, turn your car off with a flick of the switch and bombard you with ultrasonic frequencies that liquefy your ears. The government loves you. Pay your taxes.
        Emma M Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        I totally agree with you!!! They wait for the end of the month to get their quotta and start hiding out to give speeding tickets. The criminals are having a good ole time, while they are hiding behind bridges and trees waiting for law abbiding citizens who may just be going 10 over the limits.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      First of all, If you break any Law your are a criminal, (joshdschulte) I see it all the time were people driving to fast end up in a ditch or on their roof. If people would drive the legeal limit then the police would not need a super car to catch them. It would save every body money from our gas concomption to insurance rates. And texting I'm not even going their. I guess I have seen to many people killed on the highway in car crashes. Just one man's opion.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Correction. Unless it's an immigration law.
        • 3 Years Ago
        a very good opinion i think. i hear way too often that someone died because of texting or speeding.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was stopped by one of the new vehicles. The officer asked ME "Do you know why I am here?" I replied "Yes, you got all C's in high school"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they will enforce the laws now. Oh wait Washington doesn't want them too...
      Welcome Rosalie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah Baby get the Bad Guys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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