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Ford’s New Police Interceptors Get ‘Pursuit Certified’

Posted in auto industry, Detroit, Ford, Police by Kurt Ernst | September 23rd, 2011 | 5 Responses |

That's a cop car? Damn... Image: Ford Motor Company

With the recent death of the Crown Victoria, Ford is looking to remind police agencies from coast to coast that it still builds police cars. Coincidentally, the Michigan State Police have just certified both the Sedan and Utility versions of the Ford Police Interceptor as “pursuit certified.” We don’t know exactly what that means, other than both vehicles have passed tests for acceleration, handling and braking, but we’re sure of this: we’re not going to try and outrun either version.

Ford’s taking a novel approach to building police cars since the demise of the Crown Vic; to minimize departmental expenses, both the Utility (based on the new Ford Explorer) and Sedan (based on the new Ford Taurus) versions share a significant number of common parts. Both come in AWD as their standard configuration, and both are powered by V-6, not V-8 engines. The Utility gets a 3.7-liter V-6, good for 300 horsepower, while the Sedan gets either a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 (good for 280 horsepower) or the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 (good for 365 horsepower).

As you’d expect, components like brakes are beefed up, and Ford’s police interceptors get speed rated, performance-oriented tires. Both are designed to withstand a 75 mile per hour rear impact, and both can be ordered with bullet-resistant Kevlar sheeting in the doors. Most important of all, both look downright sinister.

I’ve never had the cop-car jones before, since most are lumbering beasts that could only be considered fast in a straight line, and only when compared to average family sedans. I know the Interceptor Sedan pictured above is Ford’s rendering of what one could look like, if a department was willing to purchase aftermarket wheels and drop the ride height, but I’d still like to see this hit production for us civilians. If the Taurus SHO looked this good, Ford would sell every one they built.

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