If you’re the Michigan State Police force — or any American police force for that matter – it takes speed to catch a fleeing criminal. That’s why companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge, have equipped officers around the country with some of their most potent vehicle offerings (note: this list doesn't include international police cars).

But you might be asking yourself, which of them is the fastest? The Michigan State Police recently put their patrol cars to the test, both on the track — Gingerman raceway in South Haven, Michigan, to be exact — and in a straight line, to see which new vehicle would come out on top. The results might surprise you.


Fastest Police Vehicles 2016

Chevrolet Caprice

The new Chevrolet Caprice was introduced to officers in 2009, and was designated solely for police use. Available in either a 3.6-liter V6, or a 6.0-liter V8, the Caprice is able to produce as much as 355 horsepower (264 kilowatts) when equipped with the no-cost optional V8. Here's how it performed.

3.6-liter V6 RWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 7.91
  • Top Speed: 147 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:39.76

6.0-liter V8 RWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 6.11 
  • Top Speed: 155 mph 
  • Lap Time: 1:37.58 


Fastest Police Vehicles 2016

Chevrolet Tahoe

Unlike the newly-introduced Caprice, the Chevy Tahoe has been used officially as a police vehicle since at least 1997. Its spacious interior made it desirable for transporting passengers, while its powerful and reliable engine allowed it to be used in service for a number of years. The newest version of the Tahoe is available with a 5.3-liter V8 in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations.

5.3-liter V8 RWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 7.97 
  • Top Speed: 132 mph 
  • Lap Time: 1:39.75

5.3-liter V8 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 8.08
  • Top Speed: 121 mph 
  • Lap Time: 1:40.60


Fastest Police Vehicles 2016

Dodge Charger

When the Charger was reintroduced to the market in 2005, Dodge also introduced a police spec to go along with it. For most stations, the Charger quickly became the new police vehicle of choice, and featuring two new engines for 2017 — a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter V8 — it sits near the top of the pack in terms of overall performance.

3.6-liter V6 RWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 8.06 (3.6L V6, RWD)
  • Top Speed: 142 mph (3.6L V6, RWD)
  • Lap Time: 1:38.26 (3.6L V6 RWD)

5.7-liter V8 RWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 6.17 (5.7L V8, RWD)
  • Top Speed: 150 mph (5.7L V8, RWD)
  • Lap Time: 1:37.12 (5.7L V8, RWD)

5.7-liter V8 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 6.05 (5.7L V8, AWD)
  • Top Speed: 150 mph (5.7L V8, AWD)
  • Lap Time: 1:36.53 (5.7L V8, AWD)


Fastest Police Vehicles 2016

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

The Ford Special Service Police and Police Interceptor sedan — aka the Ford Taurus — officially replaced the longstanding Crown Victoria when it went out of production in 2011. With a range of more efficient and powerful engines, including the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the Taurus brought much-needed change to forces around the country.

2.0-liter EcoBoost FWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 8.26
  • Top Speed: 120 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:43.05

3.5-liter V6 FWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 7.78
  • Top Speed: 133 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:38.82

3.7-liter V6 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 7.43
  • Top Speed: 133 mph
  • Lap Time: 138.01

3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 5.70
  • Top Speed: 150 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:35.34


Fastest Police Vehicles 2016

Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Even with its professional “Police Interceptor” designation, the Ford PI Utility is nothing more than a highly-modified Explorer SUV — not that that’s a bad thing. The Explorer has been a staple in the American police force since 2011, and like the Taurus, replaces the outgoing Crown Victoria. The newest version comes with two engine options, a 3.7-liter V6, or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

3.7-liter V6 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 7.99
  • Top Speed: 132 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:40.93

3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 AWD

  • 0-60 MPH: 6.4
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • Lap Time: 1:38.53

For the full results of these tests, you can check out the Michgan State Police website.

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