Ford’s EcoBoost Police Interceptor sedan has beaten the competition in several performance tests performed by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Outfitted with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6, Ford’s all-wheel-drive sedan showed the fastest 0-60 mph an 0-100 mph time in the Michigan tests, with respective times of 5.85 seconds and 14.19 seconds.
The Dodge Chargers with a 5.7-liter V8 were more than a second slower in both trials. The Chevrolet Caprice, powered by a 6.0-liter V8, was the closest rival with 0-60 and 0-100 times both around a half-second slower.
“Quickly closing the distance between an officer and a target vehicle is key to safely avoiding high-speed pursuits,” said Police Interceptor chief engineer Arie Groeneveld.
The Police Interceptor sedan did not perform quite as well in Michigan brake testing, with a projected 60-0 mph stopping distance of 131.5 feet. A Charger was the top stopper with 124.8 feet, slightly better than the Caprice’s 126.8-foot braking distance.
Quicker acceleration also did not appear to be a decisive factor in Michigan’s overall vehicle-dynamics trial. The Dodge Charger demonstrated the best average lap time, based on 20 laps from four different drivers. The Interceptor sedan was second, barely beating the Caprice by a margin of .02 seconds.
Ford points out that its Police Interceptor SUV — the most popular new law-enforcement vehicle — was the top performer among utility vehicles in the LASD track tests and braking trials, with quicker acceleration than all V6-powered sedans.
“Our police vehicles are built around officer safety, and outstanding performance is yet another demonstration of that commitment,” Groeneveld added.