Police Are Hitting The Roads In Today's Newest And Baddest Cop Cars
There is a changing of the guard happening in police cars.
Ford has long been the dominant supplier of police cars, with its Crown Victoria Police Interceptor being the favorite for law enforcement. It's big, roomy and with a V8 engine. It is also an old-style body-on-frame design, which has long made it economical to repair and maintain, versus modern-day uni-body cars.
But Ford had to stop making the Crown Vic. It was an old design, terrible in fuel economy, and thus would compromise Ford's overall fuel economy ratings going forward. The new Ford police car is based on the Ford Taurus. But the changing of the guard is opening up the market to law enforcement who have a broad menu of "interceptors" to choose from.
Police precincts are starting to buy up these newer vehicles and the cops are very happy with what they have to offer.
Along with the Taurus, we've compiled a gallery of a few of the baddest police vehicles around. You'll be better served to not try outrunning any of these. You probably won't stand a chance.
Police departments that opt for the Ram Special Services Police Truck will be treated to tons of tech and power.
This Ram employs a 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces a mean amount of power: 390-hp and 407 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. The Ram's four-wheel-drive system will allow it to chase perps pretty much anywhere on the ground, too.
This particular Ram was specially designed to accommodate for the multitude of technology police officers use on a daily basis. A 220-amp alternator provides enough juice to power tons of gadgetry and a unique wiring harness was engineered to hold heavy loads of computer, radar and radio equipment.
This mean-looking cop car is another offering from Chrysler. The Charger Pursuit employs either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8, either of which provide more than enough power to run down ne'er-do-wells. Highway Patrol tend to opt for the Hemi V8.
This particular Charger is customized with anti-lock brakes, front and rear stabilizer bars, a two-mode police-specific stability control system and 18-inch performance tires.
Inside, the Charger pursuit functions as a kind of mobile command center, with a police interface module that's used for easy integration of existing computer equipment.
Additionally, the interior has police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more.
The Ford Taurus Interceptor is totally customized for law enforcement use. The car employs a 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes in either a naturally aspirated or twin-turbo EcoBoost variant. The base engine is available in front- or all-wheel drive, and the EcoBoost uses only all-wheel drive.Ford Taurus Interceptor
The EcoBoost is designed to save on fuel economy, but it also gives the car some pop at the pedal.
The Interceptor's interior has also been totally customized for police use. The front seats are designed to accommodate for tool belts and holsters, doors open wider to allow for easy entering and exiting for both cops and perps and space between the front seats was specially designed to allow for easy equipment transfer from the older Crown Victoria police cars.
A bigger, more versatile option from Ford comes in the form of the Ford Explorer Interceptor. Like the Taurus, this SUV is a highly customized version of a vehicle already in production.
The Explorer Interceptor comes with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 that delivers more than 280-hp and comes with both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, allowing for on and off road police work.
On the inside, the Explorer Interceptor employs customized seats, a rear climate control system (for K9 units, not bad guys) and stab plates in the front seat backs to keep the driver and passenger safe.
Ford has also customized its SYNC system to function better with police commands.
The Chevrolet Caprice PPV was a winner at the Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluations for top speed and braking, beating out both the aforementioned Taurus and Charger police cars.
This rear-wheel-drive mean machine uses a 6.0-liter V8 engine to produce 355-hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A V6 producing 301-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque is also available which nets better fuel economy than the V8.
The Caprice is bigger than both of its rivals in almost every dimension, allowing for increased comfort for its drivers with and without bad guys in the back seat.
Like the Taurus, the seats are specially designed to accommodate for cops' gear and provide comfort and support. The PPV also includes features like an available auxiliary battery, heavy-duty vinyl flooring and disabled rear door handles, locks and windows.
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is an absolutely terrific off-road truck, designed to thrive in the most brutal conditions where pavement is nowhere to be seen, making it a perfect fit for the U.S. Border Patrol.
The SVT Raptor has a 5.4-liter, three-valve SOHC engine that produces 320-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2-liter that produces 411-hp and 434 lb-ft, all of which is used to tear through the desert along the arbitrary U.S.-Mexico border. These things can go almost anywhere and they do it with pleasure.
If you want to buy one of these yourself, sans the police graphics, it will run you $42,500 and up.
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