Ford's cop cars posted another year of strong results in evaluations by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The Blue Oval's 2016 Interceptors claim top scores for acceleration and lap times in both agencies' tests, and another one of its models earned pursuit-rating status.

Both police departments now mandate that evaluations are conducted in the vehicles' default states, which means traction and stability control systems remain activated. Ford already configured its vehicles this way, company spokesman Chris Terry told Autoblog, and the company claimed the rule change only helped this year's results. In the LASD's 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration test, the all-wheel drive Interceptor Sedan with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost sprinted there in 5.8 seconds, compared to 6.6 seconds for the rear-drive 5.7-liter V8 Dodge Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter V8 Chevrolet Caprice.

The MSP published preliminary results of its tests (as a PDF), and Ford topped two major criteria there. The 3.5 EcoBoost sedan with all-wheel drive managed an average lap time of 1:35.66 to beat the all-wheel drive 5.7-liter Charger's 1:36.12. The same Blue Oval model sprinted to 60 mph in 6.17 seconds to best the Caprice's run of 6.26 seconds.

General Motors also scored a few victories in the MSP's evaluations. For example, the company touted that its models had the highest top speeds in their segments, and the Caprice had the best overall at 155 mph. The "results demonstrated that all Chevrolet police vehicles performed very competitively in all tests," GM said in a statement.

Both police departments also now say the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is ready for a chase. Ford introduced the model in 2013, and it passed the LASD and MSP's 32-lap tests this year. According to Terry, there are no changes to the model this year, but they "concluded that it could (and now is) pursuit rated."
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Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptors Have Quickest Acceleration and Fastest Lap Times in Michigan, California Agency Tests; 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Sedan Becomes Pursuit Rated

• Ford EcoBoost® Police Sedan turns in fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration times, fastest quarter-mile time, fastest top speed in the quarter mile and fastest average lap time for overall vehicles in Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tests

• Ford EcoBoost Police Utility clocks fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration times, fastest quarter-mile time, fastest top speed in the quarter mile and fastest average lap time for utility vehicles in Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tests

• 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan now "pursuit rated" by both Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department; tests faster than Crown Victoria Police Interceptor


DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2015 – New testing protocols adopted by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) last year and Michigan State Police (MSP) this year only underscored the performance dominance of Ford's best-selling Police Interceptors. In the most recent tests performed by LASD and MSP of 2016 model-year vehicles, both the Ford EcoBoost® Police Interceptor Sedan and the Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor Utility set records and beat out competitors.

"We are proud to maintain our performance advantages, and these validate Ford Police Interceptor leadership," said Arie Groeneveld, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer. "We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute. Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely. This team is obsessed with officer safety."

For the first time ever, both police agencies conducted testing with a "key on and drive" policy, meaning stability and traction control settings were in default mode, as when the vehicles are first turned on and how officers drive these vehicles in the real world. LASD began implementing the test protocol last year.

Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor Sedan repeated its top performance in MSP and LASD testing of 2016 police vehicles, retaining its title as quickest-accelerating pursuit vehicle, and turned in faster lap times than all competitors.

The EcoBoost-powered Ford Police Interceptor Sedan bested all vehicles, including V8-equipped competitors' sedans in testing by both Michigan and California authorities, while Ford Police Interceptor Utility with EcoBoost out-accelerated the competition's newest V8-equipped utility and all base V6-powered sedans.

Interestingly, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Special Service Police Sedan test results showed the turbo four-cylinder to be quicker to 60 mph than the last Crown Victoria Police Interceptor tested by MSP for the 2011 model year (8.6 vs. 8.9 seconds).

Highlights of Test Results: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD)

• Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as best-in-class acceleration for overall pursuit vehicles (0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds vs. 6.6 seconds for the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice)
• EcoBoost Interceptor Utility repeats as best-in-class acceleration for utilities and repeats faster than all base V6 cars
• Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan achieves 0-60 and 0-100 times faster than the 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
LASD Fontana/Auto Club Speedway High-Speed Pursuit Tests:
• Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan passes 32-lap Fontana Vehicle Dynamics test, and for the first time will be in the LASD Vehicle Test book as a pursuit-rated vehicle
• 3.5-liter EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as best-in-class lap time and fastest average lap speed among all police vehicles tested
• 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap among base V6 police vehicles
• EcoBoost Interceptor Utility repeats as best-in-class lap time and fastest lap in utility segment
• Both the 3.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost Interceptor Utilities achieve faster average lap time than a competitor's utility vehicle, having implemented a "Track Detect" automatic stability control mode, which reduces stability control intervention

Highlights of Test Results: Michigan State Police

• Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as top acceleration for overall pursuit vehicles
• EcoBoost Interceptor Utility acceleration repeats as top acceleration for utilities and repeats as faster than all base V6 sedans
• Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan achieves 0-60 and 0-100 times faster than the 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Grattan Raceway (Belding, Michigan) Test Highlights:

• This is the first year all police vehicles were tested with stability control, traction control and engine mode systems full key-on as driven by officers in the real world
• Electronic stability control on agreement results in a 0.5-2.0-second decrease in competitor vehicle performance
• EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan is best-in-class lap time
• EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap
• EcoBoost Interceptor Utility repeats as best-in-class lap time and fastest average lap speed in utility segment
• Even the 3.7-liter non-EcoBoost Interceptor Utility achieves faster lap time than a competitor's V8-powered police utility vehicle
• 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap time among base V6 police vehicles
• Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan passes 32-lap Grattan Vehicle Dynamics test, and for the first time will be in the MSP Vehicle Test book as a pursuit-rated vehicle

For more information on Ford Police Interceptor, visit the Ford Police Interceptor site.

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GM Statement

Chevrolet Police vehicles performed successfully at the Michigan State Police and L.A. Sheriff's testing. The following are key points from the tests:

· Each of the Chevrolet vehicles had the highest top speed in their vehicle segment (Michigan testing)
· Tahoe PPV; fastest acceleration (0-60 & 0-100) than competitive utility vehicles using base engines.
· Results demonstrated that all Chevrolet police vehicles performed very competitively in all tests.
· Vehicles tested: Chevrolet Caprice 3.6L and 6.0L, Chevrolet Impala 3.6L, Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L (2WD) and Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L (4WD)

Overall, the test results confirms Chevrolet has capable police vehicles in every segment of the market, which provides Law Enforcement agencies with a complete portfolio of vehicles to choose from for their operations.


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