After dominating the police car market for more than 15 years with the tried-and-true Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor, Dearborn switched to a variation of the Taurus platform for the new Police Interceptor, which was met with a critical eye by many in law enforcement for its transverse powertrain and lack of a V-8 option. But the available EcoBoost V-6 not only makes the new PI substantially faster than its predecessor, but also faster than its V-8-powered contemporaries from Chevrolet and Dodge.
The Detroit Free Press reported the Police Interceptor sedan did 0-60 in 5.66 seconds, compared to 6.01 seconds for the rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice with the 6.0-liter V-8, and 6.04 seconds for the Dodge Charger equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility, based on the Ford Explorer, was also faster than the police-spec Chevrolet Tahoe.
Ford says it has received feedback from agencies that faster patrol and pursuit cars make it less likely for suspects to attempt to flee, resulting in reduced high-speed chases. Although it has been out-of-production for more than a year, the old Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor is still the staple of the majority of departments across the country, a position it has enjoyed for more than 15 years, following the discontinuation of the previous Chevrolet Caprice in 1996.
The Chevrolet and Dodge are rear-wheel-drive and V-8-powered, unlike the Ford, but all three are unibody, unlike the older-style Police Interceptor, which was body-on-frame.