This year’s SEMA show for Ford is not all about fancy Mustangs and Raptors and Fiestas, they are also bringing along a new Interceptor. Following the Interceptor Police Patrol Vehicle and Utility Explorer PPV, Ford is now introducing a blacked-out stealth version, apparently for the special forces.
The designer of this car, Melvin Betancourt, says it’s inspired by the famous SR-71 Blackbird stealth aircraft. And although it’s a Police car, its features are very gangsta-like! Lowered ride height, massive 22-inch wheels finished in gloss black, tinted windows, smoked lights, and an aggressive spoiler adorned with bead lights painted black.
They wanted this car to be a sort of undercover, but the end result is quite flash! It’s also mean and scary just as a good Police car should be. You see this in your rearview mirror you wouldn’t dare to runaway.
The Interceptor Stealth can be powered by an E85-capable 3.5-liter V6 with around 280 hp or an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost V6 engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
“It’s all about concealing everything,” Betancourt said. “The headliner is black, we wrapped the B-pillars in black, and then we started looking at, ‘Where can I hide this? How can I conceal this?’ We repackaged the console – it looks like a production console with the waterfall of the instrument panel. But when you start opening doors and panels, that’s when you see everything.”
Unless you’re supposed to be in the vehicle, you won’t know where and how to find the compartments, he said. For example, the radio is hidden inside the console, as is an onboard computer. Also, the glove box has a secret space designed for weapons.
Betancourt anticipates visitors to SEMA will immediately sense the uniqueness of the car.
“Right away, they’ll see this vehicle that looks different, that looks sinister – but they won’t know exactly why. Then, as they get closer, they’ll start to see all of these touches that work together to create the overall image.”
Ford Stealth Police Interceptor Concept,