We just talked about a British Rolls-Royce Ghost dressed up as a police cruiser – but it’s now time to get back to business, with the 2018 F-150 Police Responder.
Ford is of course well known for serving duty alongside the law enforcement officers, and has an extensive array of vehicles that insure a grasp of about 60 percent of the market for the past year. “We are the leader in the police segment,” explains Michele Bartlett, Ford’s manager of commercial and government fleet sales – and they want to keep that spot with the assistance of the latest arrival – the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, the first pursuit-rated pickup truck. It started life as a Ford F-150 with the FX4 off-road package, and comes only as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed, being motivated by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine churning out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
It boasts the new ten-speed automatic transmission, and has mechanical enhancements for durability for long, high-speed pursuits – the main difference between the new Police Responder and the already in use F-150 Special Service Vehicle. Cooling system changes, bigger brake calipers with higher-performance brake pads, underbody skid plates, durable 18-inch wheels shod in all-terrain tires, a thicker front anti-roll bar, and a 240-amp alternator are among the enhancements. Inside there’s a column shifter, no center seat and heavy-duty cloth for the seats – the front ones also boasting integrated steel plates to prevent stabbings. Since we’re talking about a pickup truck, the Police Responder is also capable of towing a maximum payload of 7,000 pounds.