Beware Ford's EcoBoost Police Interceptors

Ford cop cars are quickest in California and Michigan tests for police vehicles

Published: December 1, 2014, 11:55 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:07 PM

2015 Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor sedan

If a new Ford police car should "light 'em up" in your rear-view mirror, don't even think about trying to run. Just give it up because those bad boys are QUICK!

In fact, they were the quickest accelerating pursuit vehicles of all in separate Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department testing of 2015 models – as they were last year.

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility

The EcoBoost V-6-powered Ford Police Interceptor sedan outran all its V-8-equipped competitors in both competitions. And, the Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with EcoBoost out-accelerated the competition's all-new V-8-equipped sport ute and all its base V-6 competitors.

Fords have been the best-selling police cars for 17 consecutive years, but that success was threatened when production of the Crown Victoria – the most popular police car ever – was terminated in 2011.

But its EcoBoost Police Interceptor successors have kept Ford at the top of the police car sales rankings, with more than half the market.

Michigan State Police testing

In the Michigan State Police tests, the 2015 Ford Police Interceptor sedan, with standard all-wheel drive, posted a 0-to-97 km/h (0-to-60 mph) time of 5.85 seconds, compared to 6.31 seconds for a 5.7-liter V-8 Charger with optional all-wheel drive and  6.17 seconds for a Chevrolet Caprice.

Acceleration from 0-to-160 km/h followed a similar pattern with the Ford taking 14.19 seconds, the Charger 0-100 15.63 seconds and the Chevy 14.69 seconds.

Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle

Among utility vehicles, the Ford reached 97 km/h (60 mph) in 6.55 seconds and 160 km/h (100 mph) in 16.13 seconds, while Chevy's new Tahoe took 7.31 and 18.99 seconds respectively.

In addition, the Ford Police Interceptor utility set the fastest lap time among police utility vehicles around Grattan Raceway.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department testing

The Ford Police Interceptor sedan repeated as the quickest-accelerating vehicle overall in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tests, with a 0-to 97 km/h (0-to-60 mph) time of 5.9 seconds.

The EcoBoost-equipped Ford Police Interceptor utility not only out-accelerated its competition, but was quicker than all base model (V-6-powered) sedans.

At the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where testing was conducted, the Ford Police Interceptor sedan with EcoBoost placed first overall with a fastest lap of 1:20.47. The EcoBoost-equipped Police Interceptor utility also placed first among its peers and posted best-in-class stopping distances.

For the first time, the department conducted testing with a “key on and drive” policy – meaning stability and traction control settings were in default mode as when the vehicles are first turned on.

The bottom line: it's the same as the first. Don't even think about it!