The Police Car Leader for 15 Years, Ford's All-New Police Interceptors Deliver at Public Testing
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2010; Ford, the maker of the most popular police vehicle in America, continued its leadership position this week, recording the fastest lap time of any police car with its all-new Police Interceptor sedan in testing by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The results achieved by the next-generation Police Interceptors are proof points that Ford has engineered purpose-built and durable vehicles for the law enforcement community.
Ford's Police Interceptor AWD sedan, equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, delivered an impressive 0-60 mph test of 5.8 seconds and the fastest lap time â€“ trumping all V8 competition from Chevrolet and Dodge. Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.
"These are purpose-built vehicles that we have developed with the support of police agencies across the U.S. and Canada," said Kevin Koswick, director of Ford's North American Fleet Operations. "As the leader in police vehicles 15 years running, Ford is committed to remaining the nation's largest provider of police vehicles. We're offering law enforcement officials a portfolio of products that are purpose-built and deliver on our commitment of providing the safety, technology, durability and performance they need to excel at their jobs."
Equally impressive, Ford's base 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT Police Interceptor sedan with AWD showcased stellar handling and performance, beating all V6 competitors in braking, acceleration and lap times. The combination of 280 horsepower with twin-injected variable cam timing technology, six-speed transmission and unique pursuit suspension tuning and calibration delivered the goods.
For the first time ever, Ford has a Police Interceptor utility vehicle equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine and all-wheel-drive technology. When tested with a 400-pound loaded cargo box, the Police Interceptor utility posted the fastest lap time, beating the Chevrolet Tahoe by more than two seconds. These results achieved Ford's target of delivering a pursuit-rated utility that matches the performance and handling of the V6 Police Interceptor sedan.
Ford's new portfolio of Police Interceptors provides departments the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two bodystyles, AWD or FWD, and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20 percent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Both Ford Police Interceptors debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company , a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Me rcury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com