2012 Ford Police Interceptor: The Crown Vic's Robocop Replacement  

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Ford's Crown Victoria-based police interceptor will finally end production late next year. This is its replacement — the 2012 Ford Police Interceptor. Other than the movie Robocop, it's the first time Ford's Taurus has served as a purpose-built patrol car.

Ford first introduced its police package in 1950 and today the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the industry leader. The automaker's dominated the streets to the point that over the last five years, Ford's controlled more than 70% of the patrol cars sold. Obviously police fleets are an important segment. Unfortunately, the Crown Vic's Panther-platform's getting a little long in the tooth — it hasn't seen a redesign in over 15 years. The replacement? An all-new Police Interceptor built off the Ford Taurus platform that will be produced at Ford's Chicago, Ill. assembly plant.

The new Police Interceptor sedan will obviously offer two powertrain options in order to be competitive with the upcoming Chevy Caprice PPV. The first'll be a standard engine with a 3.5-liter V6 Duratec engine producing more than the Crown Vic's current anemic V8 and more than the standard Taurus V6 — over 263 HP. But it's the second powertrain that police officers'll be pining for — a twin turbo Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 delivering 365 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. That's the same engine found in the new 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and it gives Ford a performance boost over the new GM patrol car — the Chevy Caprice PPV — that'll be hitting the streets at about the same time as the new Police Interceptor.


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  • 15/3/10 08:25  

    The Chevy Caprice police interceptor is rwd vs fwds for the Ford Taurus variant. I hate to admit it but because the Caprice is rwd ,it has the advantage over the Ford because off that. Officers who drive fwd cars have to become accostumed to fwd handling characteristics that plague fwd cars at high speeds such as torque steer and massive understeer because of the weight distribution being all geared towards the front of the vehicle. Also ,depts have to be concerned about maintenance cost due to wear on the front tires and also wear on the drive train being all centered on the front of the vehicle.