The heat is on for American police cars to battle out for supremacy. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is public testing out the new Police Interceptors from Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet at its testing facility. These cars are put under rigorous tests to duke it out.
In the test runs, the Ford Taurus AWD Police Interceptor attained the fastest lap time in tests. This is surely signified the end of the Crown Victoria era. The Ford 3.5-liter V6 engine beats out the rest of the V6-equipped enforcers in handling, braking, acceleration and lap time tests. The Ford Taurus was faster than the Chevy Caprice and Dodge Charger, which have a 6.0-liter V8 and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, respectively.
The Ford Taurus Police Interceptor is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing about 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This enables it to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. In addition to performance and durabillity, the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor also delivers outstanding fuel economy with up to 20 percent better economy than the outgoing Crown Victoria.
As for the 2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine, it also managed to run a lap time with two seconds quicker than the new Chevrolet Tahoe Police Interceptor Utility. Both vehicles carried a 400-pound cargo during testing.
It seems like the Ford Police Interceptors are the winners here, and we’ll see more of these vehicles on the streets in a few months from now.