Criminals Beware: Ford Police Interceptor Still Fastest
If you’re a bad guy looking to make a clean getaway, make sure the police in your area drive something other than Ford's (or Lamborghinis if you live in Dubai). Ford once again nabbed the title of the quickest accelerating police car. Powered by the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 (365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque), the Ford Police Interceptor sedan out-gunned both of its V8 competitors in Michigan State Police testing, blitzing from zero to 60 mph in just 5.85 seconds and onto 100 mph in 14.19 seconds. The comparable 6.0-liter V8 Chevrolet Caprice PPV (355 horsepower) came in second with 6.17 seconds and the 5.7-liter V8 Dodge Charger Pursuit (370 horsepower) finished third out the trio at 6.31 seconds. RELATED: Photos of the 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility
“We are thrilled to repeat as having best acceleration,” notes Arie Groeneveld, Police Interceptor chief engineer. “Quickly closing the distance between an officer and a target vehicle is key to safely avoiding high-speed pursuits.”
Even the larger Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility topped the quick-list at the end of the day. The Utility scored an impressive 6.55 seconds from zero to 60 and 16.13 seconds up to 100 mph. Further testing in California kept those knockout bells ringing. Rather strikingly, in the hands of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Interceptor Utility not only out-accelerated its V8 competition but also the V6 sedan competition.
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Even more bad news for criminals – Ford claims more than half of 2014 police vehicle sales in the US at 56 percent. However, there is a respite for baddies – we hear the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat is plenty fast.
How long before we see a Charger Pursuit Hellcat?
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