The prototype of a Ford Mustang police car might be put down, though some slim chances of survival also exist.
During last week’s National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM) trade show in the UK a V8-powered Ford Mustang was dressed up as a local Police Interceptor. While looking highly entertaining and ready to take on the baddies, the fate of the model could ultimately be very grim. That’s because it will not be tasked to any police duties and because it’s a re-production vehicle, according to a Ford spokesperson, might actually end up being crushed. This is because this particular Mustang can’t legally be driven on public roads – though there are currently some efforts being made to keep it as a showcar. The Mustang was the work of Safeguard SVP, who among the customizations added a 100-watt siren system, a full Battenburg livery, and numerous LED lights from Woodway Engineering.
More interesting is the fact that according to British media the UK police forces are in the process of evaluating an all-black Mustang and other versions of the muscle car might join their vehicle fleet in the near future. The UK police forces have a long relationship with Ford vehicles so it won’t be surprising to find the Mustang in the high-performance part of the motor pool. The 5.0-liter V8 Mustang is priced from £34,995 and comes with 416 horsepower (306 kilowatts) and 391 pound-feet (530 Newton meters) – hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds – with purchase and maintain costs lower than similar performance vehicles.