If you’re a criminal, you won’t want to be chased down by a 2016 Ford Police Interceptor. You most definitely will get caught.
The police car recently took top honors for speed in annual testing conducted by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The Blue Oval’s 2016 Interceptors claimed top scores for acceleration and lap times in both the agencies’ tests. Another Ford model earned pursuit-rating status.
The testing protocol changed this year, too. For the first time ever, both police agencies conducted testing with a “key on and drive” policy. That means stability and traction control settings were in default mode, as when the vehicles are first turned on and how officers drive these vehicles in the real world.
Ford says the rule change only helped its results since it already configured its vehicles this way.
“We are proud to maintain our performance advantages, and these validate Ford Police Interceptor leadership,” says Arie Groeneveld, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer. “We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute. Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely. This team is obsessed with officer safety.”
In the LASD’s 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration test, the all-wheel drive Interceptor Sedan with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost sprinted there in 5.8 seconds. That’s compared to 6.6 seconds for the rear-drive 5.7-liter V8 Dodge Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter V8 Chevrolet Caprice.
The MSP published preliminary results of its tests, and Ford topped two major criteria there. The 3.5 EcoBoost sedan with all-wheel drive managed an average lap time of 1:35.66 to beat the all-wheel drive 5.7-liter Charger’s 1:36.12. The same Blue Oval model sprinted to 60 mph in 6.17 seconds to best the Caprice’s run of 6.26 seconds.
General Motors also scored a few victories in the MSP’s evaluations. For example, the company touted that its models had the highest top speeds in their segments, and the Caprice had the best overall at 155-mph. The “results demonstrated that all Chevrolet police vehicles performed very competitively in all tests,” GM said in a statement.
Both police departments also now say the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is ready for a chase. Ford introduced the model in 2013, and it passed the LASD and MSP’s 32-lap tests this year.