According to Ford, the new trials prove it has the quickest police car, outrunning models from rivals like Chevrolet and Dodge.
The new turbocharged Ford Taurus was modified to become the Police Interceptor sedan and now has proven to be faster than the competing Chevrolet Caprice V8 and Dodge Charger with a Hemi V8 in tests by the Michigan State Police, according to Ford. Next up, Ford’s turbocharged police version of the Explorer crossover SUV was also faster than a Chevrolet Tahoe.
“Agencies tell us if the bad guys see the police vehicle quickly close in pursuit, they’re less likely to try to run,” says Bill Gubing, a Ford chief engineer, in a statement. “If this can help reduce the number of high-speed chases, then we could improve public safety on our nation’s roads.”
The Ford Taurus for police, equipped with the EcoBoost turbocharged engine and the all-wheel drive system, reached 60 mph in 5.66 seconds. That compares to 6.04 seconds for the 5.7-liter Hemi-equipped Dodge Charger and 6.01 seconds for the Chevrolet Caprice with a 6-liter V8.
For the acceleration to 100 mph time, the Ford was 1.2 seconds faster than the Charger and 0.8 seconds faster than Caprice. The results are important to all three automakers because of the substantial market for police cars. Ford’s Crown Victoria was the king of the hill previously, but that model is now out of production.