Just last month, Ford announced its first-ever non-pursuit-rated version of the Police Interceptor sedan for agencies looking to maximize fuel economy, but that doesn't mean that Ford is giving up on chasing down the bad guys. While the Dodge Charger can lay claim to the fastest lap time at the Grattan Raceway test facility held by the Michigan State Police, the results are now in for the Police Vehicle Evaluation acceleration tests. And Ford's Police Interceptor duo (sedan and utility) came out on top.

In the acceleration tests, Ford says that the Taurus-based PI Sedan with the newly available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was the quickest among prospective police cars in both 0-60 and 0-100 mile per hour times. The sedan posted its best 0-60 time of 5.66 seconds, besting V8-powered competitors like the Chevy Caprice and Dodge Charger by more than 0.3 seconds. In the 0-100 test, Ford opens the gap further taking 13.5 seconds compared to the Chevy's time of 14.35 and the Dodge's time of 14.57.

As for utility vehicles, the Explorer-based PI Utility, which accounts for 60 percent of Ford's police vehicle sales, essentially went head-to-head with the V8-powered Chevy Tahoe with similar results. Equipped with the new EcoBoost engine option, this big SUV hit 60 mph in just 6.28 seconds and 100 mph in 15.51 seconds compared to times of 8.22 seconds and 21.95 seconds, respectively, for the Tahoe. Other important tests in the PVE include braking and top speed, but while no automakers have stepped up to boast about their numbers in either of these categories, Ford's images show that the V8 Caprice had the highest top speed of the cars at 155 mph while the Tahoe's 139-mph speed made it the fastest utility vehicle.
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Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptors Outrun Chevrolet Caprice V8, Hemi Dodge Charger in Michigan State Police Testing

-Ford EcoBoost® Police Interceptor sedan repeats top performance and retains its title as best-in-class overall acceleration pursuit vehicle

-New Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor utility vehicle acceleration faster than Chevrolet Tahoe and all base V6 competitors

-Ford Police Interceptors maintain segment sales leadership for 16 years straight

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 17, 2013 – Ford, manufacturer of the best-selling police vehicles since 1996, trumped Chevrolet and Dodge in recent instrumented acceleration testing by the Michigan State Police. The new Ford EcoBoost®-powered Police Interceptor sedan bested both the Chevrolet Caprice V8 and Hemi Dodge Charger, while Ford Police Interceptor utility with EcoBoost took down the V8-equipped Chevrolet Tahoe.

"These tests conducted by the Michigan State Police are an important validation of best-in-class performance in outright acceleration – the most critical measure of police pursuit vehicles," said Bill Gubing, Ford chief engineer. "Agencies tell us if the bad guys see the police vehicle quickly close in pursuit, they're less likely to try to run. If this can help reduce the number of high-speed chases, then we could improve public safety on our nation's roads."

Preliminary results of Michigan State Police testing show the fastest of the fast – the 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sedan with standard all-wheel drive – posted a 0-60 mph time of 5.66 seconds, compared to 6.04 seconds for the 5.7-liter Hemi-equipped Dodge Charger with optional all-wheel drive.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered sedan also topped the 6.0-liter V8-equipped Chevrolet Caprice, which clocked a 6.01-second 0-60 mph time.

The gap in acceleration only grows in Michigan State Police 0-100 mph testing: Ford Police Interceptor turned a 13.5-second 0-100 mph time, while Dodge Charger posted 14.70 seconds and Chevrolet Caprice took 14.35 seconds.

The new Ford Police Interceptor 3.5-liter EcoBoost-powered utility vehicle made its debut in Michigan State Police testing, and while competition was close among sedans, the Ford utility left its rivals in the dust. Compared to the 5.3-liter V8-powered Chevrolet Tahoe, which posted a 0-60 mph time of 8.22 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of 21.95 seconds, the Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with standard all-wheel drive hit 60 mph in 6.28 seconds and 100 mph in 15.51 seconds.

Ford's Police Interceptor utility vehicle is proving particularly attractive to agencies that could use the added space and versatility it provides. Gubing pointed out these tests demonstrate police agencies don't have to sacrifice performance for the additional space and functionality Police Interceptor utility delivers. Approximately 60 percent of Ford Police Interceptor sales are the utility vehicle, with 40 percent for the sedan.

Even without EcoBoost, the base 3.7-liter V6 Ford Police Interceptor utility with all-wheel drive is faster than Chevrolet Tahoe V8. Police Interceptor clocked an 8.02-second 0-60 mph time, with Tahoe lagging behind at 8.22 seconds. Police Interceptor led Tahoe in the 0-100 mph test too – 21.0 seconds to 21.95 seconds.

Ford Police Interceptors are gaining attention with agencies nationwide as a means of balancing law enforcement's need for speed in pursuit-rated vehicles with the need to save money. Switching from traditional V8-equipped police vehicles to powerful but more efficient Ford EcoBoost V6 vehicles achieves that.

With Ford's announcement in September of a new non-pursuit-rated, fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped Special Service Police sedan, the company now offers law enforcement agencies the power of choice when they want to maximize efficiency and power.

For more information on Ford Police Interceptor, visit www.FordPoliceInterceptor.com.


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      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Chevy cruiser will NEVER be a big seller until they install a column shift, period. Dodge does it and that is a huge reason they are selling more than the Chevy units. Most fleet buyers wont even consider buying a unit with a floor shift. The problem with the good performing MOPAR units is that they are hard to get in and out of with that low roofline. The CVPI was easy to get in and out of both front in back and that is a big reason fleet buyers kept buying them even when better performing were available. As AB and most comments are showing, those that point only to acceleration figures and use them for the value of a police car, simply have zero clue about they are talking about. Also those that point to fleet sales as all being bad, also are talking out of their ass. Walking away from fleet business is stupid since fleet buyers are going to buy from someone. Over selling to fleets is of course bad but a solid and profitable fleet business is important.....it also keeps factories running and Americans working. The ignorance of the fleet business shown by car mags and most commenters is stunning.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        Chevy DID install a column shifter in the Caprice for the 2014 model year (although it's actually dash-mounted like the Charger's), and installed a mounting plate between the front-seats for the equipment....look it up
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron Koehne
          Police forces around the world aren't as prepared as our police are in most cases. We have a lot more ground to cover and backup isn't always around so the more you can carry the better. Many officers are even sent through first responder training and some even get sent though EMS classes. Its not all about run and gun. Its about saving and protecting lives.
          Daniel D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron Koehne
          You have to wonder how police forces around the world can incorporate in car tech and police equipment into something smaller then a truck- but apparently most can pull it off. Perhaps the problem isn't with the size of these vehicles. The Chev PPV is an EXTENDED wheelbase car already from the regular Commodore/G8. I worked with Police in Australia and fitting the computers in a standard Commodore wasn't a problem. It shoudn't be in US cruisers either.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron Koehne
          Finally! They had their ass handed to them sales wise because of it. But the reason they still are slow sellers is because they are not big enough in the front seats with all of the computers etc. Even the CVPI was starting to have trouble. That is why Explorers are selling so well....along with Tahoes. They are easy to get in and out of and have more room.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      John Lucas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait till GM puts their new non turbo V8 engine, which gets better gas mileage than the Ecoboost V6 Ford, into their Chevy. The Chevy will then be the best of everything.
        brian peters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Lucas
        I assume you are parroting the GMC Sierra commercials. That motor bests the EcoBoost in the F150 by 1 MPG, in the EPA ratings, but makes less torque and HP. Not sure that's going to sway buyers that do their research and I'm sure it will have no impact on police sales.
          Kevin Gregerson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brian peters
          Like below, once you add in altitude to the equation which most all the states in the west have. You will lose more power on n/a engines. Though, I will say I do love the Ls series engines. I'm curious to see what the new LT series engine provides in terms of economy in something like a truck.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brian peters
          I hate that commercial. Its BS. You are so right, the Chevy has less power and tq then screams out about how it has ONE MPG better on the highway. Lets put a load behind each one then climb into the mountains and see that wheezing NA fall waaaay behind.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Lucas
        The current Caprice is best at just about nothing. The 3.5L EcoBoost has been out since 2009, the nano engines are coming...
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Lucas
        HUH? Lets compare apples to apples. The turbo has a ton more power and will perform a lot better at high altitude.
        Kevin Gregerson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Lucas
        Add altitude into that equation and... nope. The Boosted engine will have more mountain power than any n/a engine.
      eatworksleepdie
      • 1 Year Ago
      mmmm, Grattan Raceway
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder if we will see diesel police cars from Chrysler?
        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MAX
        I think FIAT should try to sell some Diesel powered Chryslers.
      F'nBrower
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since a typical Explorer is about a thousand pounds lighter than a Tahoe, I'm not surprised one bit that it was decidedly faster.
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota, Honda win the best vehicle available award GM, Ford, and Dodge. American cars are junk. I would be soooo embarrassed being seen in an American car. Driving an American car makes you look like lower income uneducated trailer trash.
        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Don't be so hard on yourself James. One day you will be a sophisticate and have the power to drive one of those fancy Toyotas or Hondas you speak so highly of too. You're going places James. I can see you in a shiny new Camry already and that's says "hey, I'm educated; I drive a Toyota and don't live in a double-wide."
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dohc73
          I feel sorry for you. You live in metro Detroit. What a hole. Full of nasty overweight woman and gangsters. Have a nice life.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Troll fails. News at 11.
        c2645
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Looks like you drank the hate-America Kool-Aid. Move out of mom's basement, get a job, pay taxes, and then you may realize that the American economy depends on supporting your friends and neighbors. There are millions of Americans who drive vehicle designed and built by American companies who would take exception to your anti-America statements. Maybe you should let everyone know, if and when you find a job, who you work for so all of us can buy from your foreign competitors. Grow up.
          Ivan Ivanovich Renko
          @c2645
          I have noticed that "conservatives" tend to drive Toyotas and Hondas and Nissans. Interesting, eh? (signed-- proud owner of a Ford Taurus SHO built in Chicago, so ***** you,* James.)
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Thats an impressive down vote for James, even by Lasers's standards.
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        @James
        [blocked]
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        James, Carlotta, Carlotta James. James, Aaronm_mt, Aaronm_mt James....now youve been introduced you can share meds and post asinine comments together. Morons love company.
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        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        Stop spamming your own crappy site here.
        carlotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow, did you touch a nerve. Ford has to dump its product somewhere.
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          @carlotta
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          @carlotta
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          I see the two village idiots have arrived...obviously theres no market for heavy duty puopose built pursuit cars because Toyota and Honda to name two manufacturers havent adressed the market....hmm, maybe they dont havethe skills?....( see how easy it is to twist facts into idiocy?...)
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          incorrect Aaronm_mt, that would be YOU utilizing YOUR multiple accounts voting him up to make it look that way....at least Nightflight can hold a valid factual conversation and unlike yourself NOT dumb it down through ill-informed brand bashing when its NOT Honda....
        Wm
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not all fleet sales are equal. Rental fleet sales, where a cars are dumped and stay in the fleet for 6 month to a year are bad fleet sales. Most other fleet sales are more profitable and the vehicle stays off the market for a much longer period of time not having noticeable impact on resale values. Police fleets are managed by highly trained people that are much less like to be swayed by BS like the average consumer. These people are mostly looking for the vehicle that best perform as required with the best in service time (reliability) and least cost of ownership. I don't know what percentage of Fords go to rental fleets, but when I travel for business I almost always get Chevys, and my hotels are full of HHRs and Malibus. I don't own either one. I'm just sayin...
          Luke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wm
          Don't tell him that. It doesn't fit with his view of the world. Fleet sales are really not a problem anymore because the fleets are asking the automakers for the vehicles whereas before the automakers were begging the fleets to take their cars. The tables have turned and fleet sales can now be profitable...if done correctly.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        seriously?....I heard they considered the NG Cics for pursuit purposes............didnt quite make the cut
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      V8s are more reliable than turbo charged V6 engiens. Time will tell. Isn\'t the Tahoe a full size SUV and the Explorer a mid-size SUV. Only time will tell which engine will be more reliable. I will stick with good old American V8s.
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        @Steve
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          Luke
          • 1 Year Ago
          Well...and the fact that after 2+ years in service the engine has been pretty spot-on reliable. A couple minor issues such as coils and an overly-efficient CAC notwithstanding (both of which are easily remedied).
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Prove it.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      FWD based pigs. The rich pds are going to say thank you but no thanks
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Why would the "rich pd's" say no to these? You make it sound like the Charger or Caprice is double the price of the Taurus. They're all going to be in the same ballpark for cost.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        RWD/FWD, doesn't really matter. FWD cars nowadays don't handle like boats understeering everywhere and besides, understeer isn't always a BAD thing. In a lot of cases, it means you have less of a chance of crashing because a driver can catch a car understeering far easier than catching a car oversteering. Plus, FWD generally delivers better a fuel economy. Less crashed cars and less gas used means lowered costs for taxpayers to take care of, which I'm all for. And I'm sure they're all for the option AWD systems too.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Not many people are saying no to other FWD based pigs like Audi..
        Ivan Ivanovich Renko
        @mbukukanyau
        I had a chat with an officer at a petrol - er, excuse me, a GAS station (the stuff's a liquid, not a gas, but whatever :-) ) and I asked him about his Taurus police interceptor. He couldn't shut up about how much nicer it was in winter to have AWD, and that it was PLENTY fast enough for what he needed as an officer.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      The V8 Crapice when 155mph. That's way too fast for a cop car.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnb
        Considering the speeds that even commuter cars can reach anymore as well as the speeds that some of those drivers do on the highway it gives them some room to atleast try and catch up.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnb
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          RJ
          • 1 Year Ago
          Wait till a cop car hits you.
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