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New Cop Car

Postby RYP » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:35 pm

The next time you’re pulled over for speeding, you might be surprised by what you see in the rearview. Ford recently unveiled its replacement for the Crown-Victoria-based Police Interceptor -- and it’s a Taurus.

“Ford first introduced its police package in 1950 and today the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the industry leader,” explains Jalopnik. “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. … 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.”

So out goes the Crown Vic and in comes the Taurus. “To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality,” writes Ford.

While the new Police Interceptor is based on the 2010 Ford Taurus, the changes are significant.

According to Cars.com, “Police departments across the country won’t be piloting just any Taurus off dealership lots. Ford says approximately 90 percent of the interior has been redesigned for police use.” Unique features include front seats with anti-stab plates to protect officers from violent criminals and vinyl rear seats to make cleaning up after messy ones easier.


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That’s not all. USA Today reports: “The Taurus-based model will keep the Police Interceptor name but offer just two 3.5-liter V-6 engines, no big V-8s, as in the Crown Vic. Ford boasts that the standard version will be 25% more fuel efficient than the current standard V-8. And the version with two turbochargers, what Ford calls EcoBoost, will deliver 365 horsepower, 115 more than the standard Crown Vic.” The 365-horsepower V6 is the same found in the performance-tuned Taurus SHO. An optional all-wheel drive system will also be available.

The result is a better-performing police car. “Ford’s new police car can endure a rear-end crash at 75 m.p.h., easily jump curbs and accelerate twice as fast as Ford's outgoing iconic Crown Victoria Police Interceptor,” says the Detroit Free Press.

However, the competition is tough. “The Taurus-based cop car will have to compete against the Dodge Charger cruiser, which looks good and is plenty fast with the available Hemi, and the Chevrolet Caprice, another rear-driver which is pretty much a Pontiac G8 in all but name (and civilian availability),” writes Edmunds.

Ford will cease production on the old Police Interceptor in late 2011 and begin introducing the new Taurus-based model in 2012.
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Re: New Cop Car

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:56 pm

I thought the Taurus was canceled


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Re: New Cop Car

Postby Devlin » Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:27 pm

JamesInTheWorld wrote:I thought the Taurus was canceled


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They turned the Ford 500 into the Taurus. The SHO model is bad ass but it will be hard to replace the Crown Vic. They can take a beating and then get turned into cabs to take some more.
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Re: New Cop Car

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:13 pm

Are Fords (besides the Mustang) still shit cars with paint-jobs that fade off inside of 3 years?


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Re: New Cop Car

Postby ktrout » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:34 am

Devlin wrote:They turned the Ford 500 into the Taurus. The SHO model is bad ass but it will be hard to replace the Crown Vic. They can take a beating and then get turned into cabs to take some more.

Yeah, it's going to be a tough act to follow. One of my wife's school friends from China came over on a college professor exchange program and wanted to buy a car. I told him ex-cop Crown Vic because they're tough and a good value because they're fleet cars.
He didn't listen (know-it-all PhD, you know) and bought a junk Catera instead. Sold it a few months down the road after it had one too many problems.
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Re: New Cop Car

Postby bearanddragon » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:46 am

i drive an old ass mid 90s model ford taurus. it still runs pretty well. i'm not ruling out getting a taurus SHO. ford has definitely tried to revamp the taurus as a sort of middle ground between standard sedan and entry level luxury with it.

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby ktrout » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:19 am

If they built an AWD twin turbo Ecoboost Fusion I'd be interested. The Taurus is just a little too portly for me.
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Re: New Cop Car

Postby thewalrus » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:31 am

The Dubai police seem to enjoy these. It's a Charger?

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby ktrout » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:08 am

thewalrus wrote:The Dubai police seem to enjoy these. It's a Charger?

I'll confess to not being a Chrysler fan. One problem with those is that the traction control can't completely be turned off. They'll shut themselves down just when you need to get the hell out of ... Dodge.
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Re: New Cop Car

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby HockeyGuy » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:52 pm

However, the new kid on the block is the E7:

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby RYP » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:28 pm

I prefer cop cars of the future, almost makes you look forward to being arrested.

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby lightstalker » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:16 am

"eco-boost" sounds gay as fuck... Does the car come with a flower vase as well?

THIS is a cop car:

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Re: New Cop Car

Postby aap » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:26 pm

I'll see that half-baked piece of German engineering and raise you this better designed but poorer built Italian monster:
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