Ford age Crown Victoria is barely relevant to at the very consumers, However cabbies and police officer across the country will bemoan it is demise onceproduction ceases next fall. The Transit Connect van may satisfy the livery fleets,but to appease law enforcement officers, Ford crafted its new 2012 PoliceInterceptor.
Without a doubt, Ford’s new Interceptor is a clean break from the decades-oldbody-on-frame, V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Crown Vic formula. Although Ford wasonce rumored to be modifying its rear-drive Australian Falcon platform for policeuse, Ford instead went to its American-built Taurus sedan for the new car.
As is the case with the consumer model, police departments will have their choice oftwo different powertrains in the Police Interceptor. The 265 hp, normally aspirated3.5-liter V-6 is standard, and sends its power to the front wheels only. Thoselooking for a veritable pursuit special will likely opt for the other driveline,which is ripped straight from the Taurus SHO. Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged3.5-liter V-6 provides “at least” 365 hp, which is channeled to all four wheels.While power looks to be on par with a standard Taurus, Ford engineers did upgradethe Police Interceptor’s brakes — something we’d love to see transition to the SHO.
Like the Crown Vic, the Taurus Police Interceptor has been designed to pass 75-mphrear-end crash testing, and a heavy-duty alternator and an enlarged radiator havebeen added. In addition, the car has also undergone certification testing designedby the Michigan State Police and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Departments to emulatethe rigorous duty police officers will no doubt put the car through.
Most of the other changes made to ready the Taurus to protect and serve arerelatively minor. A revised center console provides room for various aftermarket lawenforcement devices and is nestled between bespoke cloth bucket seats, and a columnshifter has been added to better access the gear. Along with an anti-stab plateinstalled in the backrest, the seats receive special bolsters designed toaccommodate a standard police utility belt. Ford’s SYNC system is comes standard,and can be custom-mapped to accommodate the needs of law enforcement.
The rear seat area is naturally less hospitable, but still an improvement over theCrown Victoria’s setup. The vinyl bench seat is sculpted for easier handling ofdetainees and is specially positioned to improve legroom. The revised rear doorhinges feature an extra ten degrees of travel to further aid perpetrator loading andunloading.
Apart from the light and push bars, there are subtle ways to ID the PoliceInterceptor from a normal Taurus. The large, 18-inch steel wheels are an obviousgiveaway, and the car also eschews the standard Taurus three-bar grille in favor ofa black mesh insert. The car could look virtually stock if these were replaced withstandard Taurus parts — and we’re sure officers desiring the ultimate stealthcruiser will do just that.
Ford says production of the Police Interceptor will occur alongside the Taurus atits plant in Chicago, Illinois, and will start as soon as Crown Victoria productionends. Look for it to appear on city streets (or, God forbid, your rearview mirror)next fall.
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