Did you know that Ford has been the manufacturer of the the best-selling police vehicles since 1996? ‘Tis true, but that’s not where the good news ends for The Blue Oval. According to the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Ford Police Interceptor in both sedan and SUV/utility body styles is also the quickest.
“We are thrilled to repeat as having best acceleration,” said Ford Taurus, Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer, Arie Groeneveld. “Quickly closing the distance between an officer and a target vehicle is key to safely avoiding high-speed pursuits. Our police vehicles are built around officer safety, and outstanding performance is yet another demonstration of that commitment.”
Michigan State Police Test Results
Equipped with all-wheel drive standard, the 2015 Ford Police Interceptor sedan hit 60 mph from a standstill in 5.85 seconds. That’s 0.46 seconds faster than Dodge Challenger Interceptor with the 5.7L V8 and optional all-wheel drive, and quicker than the Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle powered by the 6.0L V8. The 0-100 sprint was also in Ford’s favor, clocking 14.19 seconds versus 14.69 seconds for the Chevy and 15.63 seconds for the Dodge. The Ford Police Interceptor Sedan is based on the civilian-market Ford Taurus SHO.
The results are similar for the utility, with the Ford Police Interceptor utility, which also features standard all-wheel drive. The vehicle hits 60 mph in 6.55 seconds and 100 mphg in 16.13 seconds. In comparison, the all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe Police vehicle with the 5.3L V8 posted a 0-60 time of 7.31 seconds and a 0-100 time of 18.99 seconds. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility is based on the civilian-market Ford Explorer Sport.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Test Results
For the first time, thethe Los Angeles Sheriff’s department conducted testing in the “key on and drive” approach, meaning stability and traction control settings were in default mode as when the vehicles are first turned on. The results were roughly the same as they were in Michigan, with the office taking the Ford Police Interceptor pair to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana
There, the EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor sedan was the quickest-accelerating vehicle, attaining 60 mph from a standstill in 5.9 seconds. It also posted the fastest lap time of 1:20.47. The EcoBoost-equipped Ford Police Interceptor utility, meanwhile, also placed first and posted best-in-class stopping distances.
“Ford Police Interceptors are the only police vehicles to be pursuit-tested for three years in a row by both Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with traction control and electronic stability control safety systems fully engaged,” said Ford police vehicles marketing manager, Jonathan Honeycutt. “Our safety philosophy entails testing our vehicles as our agencies will drive them.”