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Ford Taurus-Based Police Interceptor Revealed

March 12, 2010



Update: Ford has announced that it will offer both the naturally aspirated 263-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the twin-turbo direct-injected EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 which will make "at least 365 horsepower."

Here, finally, is Ford's replacement for its ancient Crown Victoria-based police Interceptor. And, as we predicted last October, the new cop car is based on a Taurus sedan.

We have no idea of the specific ungrades and changes Ford has made to the Taurus for its new role, but it's probably fair to assume that the EcoBoosted V6 will at least be offered along with all-wheel drive.

Ford will officially unveil the thing in Las Vegas today to, well, cops. The Taurus-based cop car will have to compete against the Dodge Charger cruiser, which looks good and is plenty fast with the available Hemi, and the Chevrolet Caprice, another rear-driver which is pretty much a Pontiac G8 in all but name (and civilian availability). And no, this is not the first time Ford has tried to sell a police-package Taurus. The company tried convincing cops of the value of a V6, front-drive interceptor beginning back in 1990.


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Packing Heat, Horsepower: Dodge Police Car Still the Best

March 13, 2010

We’ve seen whole a lot of reporting about police cruisers in the news today, which gives us a great opportunity to remind folks (both civilians and those in law enforcement) that the 2010 Dodge Charger police car is still the class leader on all the key specs that matter: available power, acceleration, top speed and vehicle dynamics.

The Dodge brand’s police car was designed from the ground up with police-specific features. The Charger's world-class rear-wheel-drive architecture delivers the most performance and power of any police vehicle on the road.

Fitted with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, the Charger police car provides the good guys both more horses under the hood and equally strong fuel economy. It helps chase down the bad guys with 368 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the 3.5-liter High- V-6 engine version is packing 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both engines are green as they are strong, with an efficient 16 city/25 highway fuel economy. The HEMI® V8 engine includes Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology, which deactivates four of the eight cylinders when less power is needed during cruising.

In addition to a load of equipment designed to make a life of fighting crime easier, the Charger police car also features best-in-class braking from 60–0 mph in 135 feet; greater stability and improved handling; performance-tuned steering and suspension.

That said, we encourage the men and women in blue to shop around and compare.
 
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