According to Ford, the new tests prove it has the quickest police car, outgunning models from rivals like Chevrolet and Dodge.
The new turbocharged Ford Taurus modified into its Police Interceptor sedan proved faster than Chevrolet Caprice V8 and Dodge Charger with a Hemi V-8 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, with an EcoBoost turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, went from zero to 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 in the Chevrolet Caprice with a 6-liter V8.
The Ford EcoBoost-powered sedan also topped the 6.0-liter V8-equipped Chevrolet Caprice, which clocked a 6.01-second 0-60 mph time. In acceleration to 100 mph, the Ford was 1.2 seconds faster than Charger and 0.8 seconds faster than Caprice.
The tests are important to the three automakers because the substantial market for police cars still remains, basically, up for grabs. Ford’s Crown Victoria had previously dominated it, but that model is now out of production. Each of the three replacement models from the three makers now each has their advantages and drawbacks.
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