Ford Police Interceptors 2013

Ford Police Interceptors winning Michigan State Police tests

The Michigan State Police have been testing potential vehicles for addition to their fleet and the results show that Ford's Interceptors are coming out on top.

Recent testing conducted by the MSP had both the Ford Police Interceptors - both the sedan and SUV - beating the competition for quickness and speed. All while equipped not with large displacement V8 engines, but with smaller EcoBoost 6-cylinder engines instead.

The Police Interceptor sedan posted the fastest 0-60 mph, 0-80 mph, and 0-100 mph acceleration speeds in the competitive lineup. It also set the fastest single lap and average lap times in the State Police roundup of test vehicles.

The Police Interceptor utility vehicle was no slouch either, posting the best 0-60 mph and 0-80 mph acceleration times as well as the fastest single lap and average lap times.

Testing took place at the Grattan Raceway where the Michigan State Police conducted testing to fit requirements for their first responder and public safety fleets. Zero to speed testing (conducted in 0-60, 80 and 100 mile per hour segments) is to determine the speed at which the police vehicle will accelerate to meet speeding motorists, respond to emergencies, catch a fleeing suspect, and so forth. Lap speeds determine the rate at which the vehicle can comfortably post itself for longer distance response needs.


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Look a little deeper. All of the times are very close. What I find interesting is that the Ford with it's complex twin turbo V6 with a smaller displacement gets worse mileage than the HEMI. Bottom line is that Ford has taken a car that was engineered for cheap production (i.e. front wheel drive architecture) and packed it with complex technology like AWD in an attempt to make it handle and twin turbos so that it can keep up. The result is a wash on paper. On the street we see a different story. After all the MSP is buying Chargers.
These tests will determine what will be purchased in 2013 and beyond, not this year. Most of the MSP fleet is Crown Victorias, not Chargers.
But those Chargers are seriously bada$$. I saw one years ago as it left town, in a hurry. It left quite an impression- think Mad Max.