The Ford Crown Victoria relinquished its crown as the top Michigan State Police.

While we're still waiting to see the official results for the 2013 model year vehicle evaluations, Ford is saying its new Taurus-based Police Interceptor Utility outperformed other cars intended for rigorous police duty.

For the Police Interceptor Sedan, departments that opt for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will be rewarded with the best 0-60 mile per hour, 0-80 mph and 0-100 mph times of all police cars, including V8-powered models like the Dodge Charger Pursuit and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. New for 2013, the sedan will offer a 3.7-liter V6, and Ford claims this model will have the best braking distance of the bunch. Even the Police Interceptor Utility with all-wheel drive had top acceleration to 60 mph and 80 mph compared to the Chevy Tahoe. Both the Sedan and Utility held the fastest average lap times around Grattan Raceway, the track where some of the testing was performed.

Until the official results come out, we can't fully call this a win for Ford just yet, but it sure does make a good case for the next generation of Ford police cars.
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Ford Police Interceptors Prevail in Recent Michigan State Police Testing

-Ford Police Interceptors proved victorious in speed, acceleration and braking in recent tests by the Michigan State Police

-The Police Interceptor all-wheel-drive sedan equipped with the EcoBoost® V6 engine outperformed the competition in 0-60 mph, 0-80 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration tests, as well as setting the fastest single lap and average lap times of the week

-The Police Interceptor utility vehicle posted the fastest times in 0-60 mph and 0-80 mph acceleration tests in addition to posting the fastest single lap and average lap times versus competitive police utility models


DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 21, 2012 – Ford's new Police Interceptors led the pack in recent testing conducted by the Michigan State Police.

The Police Interceptor sedan equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine topped the competition in 0-60 mph, 0-80 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration. These fast closing-in speeds are critical for first responders and law enforcement professionals.

In testing at Grattan Raceway, the Ford Police Interceptor with EcoBoost V6 engine and all-wheel drive posted the fastest single lap and best average lap times.

Competitors with larger V8 engines could not keep up with the superior advanced engineering of the Ford EcoBoost V6. The purpose-built Police Interceptor is designed to outperform the competition by optimizing handling and control in combination with a high-torque engine and robust brakes.

"This year's testing by the Michigan State Police once again proves Ford Police Interceptors are industry leaders, offering government agencies the desired combination of capability, technology and long-lasting value," said Lisa Teed, Marketing manager for the Ford Police Interceptor program.

The 3.7-liter V6 all-wheel-drive sedan also boasted the shortest stopping distance for all police vehicles tested.

The Police Interceptor all-wheel-drive utility vehicle posted top 0-60 mph and 0-80 mph times in the acceleration tests and also achieved the quickest lap times versus competing police utility vehicles. The Police Interceptor utility vehicle combines the performance of a sedan with a larger interior package for agencies that require increased cargo capacity.

"We are very proud of the test results," said Bill Gubing, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer.

"During post-event inspection, the vehicles show proof of purpose-built durability," he adds. "The status of the tires and brake pads still show useful life, and are ready for more grueling testing."

A tough lineup
Ford's Police Interceptor engine strategy provides a V6 lineup that performs better than V8 engines of years past. The Police Interceptor sedan lineup now comes with three powertrain options, allowing police to choose the engine that best meets their patrol requirements. The sedan is available with a standard 3.5-liter V6, the new 3.7-liter V6 and the performance powerhouse 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost – all paired with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

The 3.7-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower is now available on the all-wheel-drive Police Interceptor sedan and is common with the utility vehicle.

A high-capacity six-speed automatic transmission is uniquely calibrated and adapts to pursuit mode for responsiveness to an officer's demands. All-wheel drive is standard on both sedan and utility vehicle Police Interceptors to optimize handling and control, which is important to meet the needs of first responders in their daily environment.

To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford's Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, who provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.

Building on Ford's safety leadership, the Police Interceptor is engineered to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing.

Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles recently earned top safety ratings in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      My question is, if I buy an SHO, can I get THOSE wheels and hub caps for winter tire duty? That'd be cool!
        Termin8
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        Usually, general replacement parts are available to the public.
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        that would be cool. I'd spring for a set myself.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sigh, we now have 3 different headlight patterns to memorize for night driving. Not including the Explorer and Tahoe. :( I can spot a Crown Vic a mile away, but these new police cars blend in too well with traffic, especially ones without light bars, and plain wrappers.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Charger is kicking Taurus butt in retail and police sales. Those Hemi's will running long after the Ford's are in the junkyard.
        itguy08
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Doubtful. Ford has done tons of torture testing on the Ecoboost and it will do fine. I'd also bet with proper fluid changes the beefed up 6f550 will do fine too. Motor Trend did some testing of the new cop cars and it was said that Ford's torutre testing for the car was 8 inch curbs at 40 MPH. OUCH!
        luigi.tony
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Who knew the Italians would build such a good Government Fleet car for the USA.
        Hunter Adams
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        The Hemi now is a water-downed version of what it used to be.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      saw a taurus police package in dc yesterday. i gotta say, it looked pretty badass
      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boosted FWD cop cars aren't going to be as durable as the Charger/Caprice. Fleet cars - which are what cop cars are need frequent maintence but they also need cars easy to work on whose parts don't run out. I can't believe Ford is pushing a platform like that Consumers are generally concerned with reliability - but fleet owners have to be concerned with durability as ease of repair. They aren't the same thing at all. Something like a old RWD volvo is very durable - not particularly reliable though..
        mmmfloorpie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GuyClinch
        "As durable as the Charger/Caprice" Are you insane? I think we have all heard the anecdotal stories from police officers that the Charger spends more time in the garage than on the streets. And how can you say the Caprice is durable? It's been out for a couple of months.
      T
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think AWD is a big plus for a cop car, but doubt it will be as durable in a transverse mount FWD based car. Turbos are great too, but I give me normally aspirated V8 power in a hard-duty service vehicle. There will be expensive maintenance issues with these.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      What, nothing from Carbon Motors? Singularly purpose built police cars.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        they got denied a loan from the Federal Government to help get them goin'....no loan = no go
      ibamarine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carbon motors vehicles would destroy the ford in speed, comfort, endurance and overall cost based on gas savings with the twin diesel. It was not part of the test as it cannot be massed produced yet.
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Top Gear USA sure gave the Interceptor their thumbs-up.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don\'t understand why everyone thinks the Turbo V6 isn\'t durable based on what? Turbo\'s have been in commercial use in Ambulances, Fire trucks, Semis, and pickup trucks and they last for hundreds of thousands of miles. I have yet to here any problems at all with Ecoboost motors and they have been out for years now. Stop speculating because you seen or owned some turbo gas motor from the 90\'s. Fords turbos feature water-cooled bearing jackets besides being cooled from the oil.
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        "Ambulances, Fire trucks, Semis, and pickup trucks" - All RWD based vehicles. It's not the turbo being questioned, but the platform layout. The final verdict/judgement will be in about 3-5 years. When we'll be seeing the repair/durability record comparison between the three vehicles.
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          So what are you saying then?? Transmission problems? I have seen SHO's going to the dragstrip and never having a problems. I think the built the drivetrain to handle the horsepower.
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        The turbos you are referring to are on Diesel engines and turn half the RPMs of gas engines.
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brian
          Maybe the engines turn half the RPM but not the Turbos
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about they quit using our tax dollars to buy new cars all the time, and just get a bunch of junkers and fix them up and use those? There are millions of people out there to would love it if they could use their own tax dollars to get a new car. Police are for sure going to beat the living crap out of whatever they are driving and they are going to put serious miles on them. So instead of letting them get new cars every freaking year, why not send them to the local used car lots to get something to drive instead? Saves us money and also will make those crooked car dealers start being a little more honest. Besides, when they smash up or blow up the cars they are driving, it's either some poor schmuck or our tax money that will have to fix them, so instead of spending $20,000-$40,000 or more on new vehicles to destroy, why not go spend $5,000 or so on a used one, another $5,000 suiting it up for duty and save some money for the country and also make people not quite so aware of the headlights that we can get accustomed to slowing down for and what-not? You would be giving more mechanics jobs to work on the cars and not wasting money on expensive vehicles that most people can't even afford.
        yo202
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thomas
        I rarely comment, but when i do it's because of people like you. You answered your own question! Because these cars have to withstand at least 16 hour days. Yes, that's with the car on.. As well as rapid acceleration and the list goes on. You don't understand that these cars cost right around $25,000 in the end. Most last 4 years, that's pretty amazing. Also what you didn't take into account is that these new cars get better gas mileage. So instead of spending $5,000 on a POS and then another $10,000 every six months to fix it up like you'd prefer, they do what makes sense. I mean dude.. A cop isn't going to do you much good when his car is stuck in the shop.
      Perplexed-Sausage
      • 2 Years Ago
      year two without the crown vic and the plot thickens.... seriously dont know how you can cross shop the explorer and the tahoe one is a truck and the other is a crossover police need a truck not a crossover i doubt track times mean much when considering what utility vehicle to chose for cops. the tohoe wins just based on flexabillity and utility alone! you can get a 2wd street version or a rugged Z71 off road version or even a hybrid! as for cop cars.... the taurus has a way nicer interior and yeah the charger is rear wheel drive but the taurus has visabillity and all around speed. granted the garage at police stations could EASILLY hop up the power of the charger with a few bolt ons and a reflash of the ECU so idk? the chevy seems like the best all rounder but never even seen one so dont know for sure
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Perplexed-Sausage
        First, it's not really a clear choice between a Tahoe and the interceptor utility. All depends on the needs. They may not need full size but need something that's not a car. Hybrid and Z71 don't matter in police applications (not that the Z71 is really that rugged as you elude too. Pretty much the same as any other Tahoe with different shocks and maybe skid plate. Not hating i like the Tahoe Z71, it's not REALLY any kind of true off road package over the standard Tahoe). Also, I doubt most departments are going to be putting bolt on mods on their police cars because one is a couple tenths slower than another.
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