Ford is giving its lineup of Police cars a proper boost by adding a new 365 horsepower 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine to the range. This hugely popular motor which accounts for 40 percent of Ford F-150 truck sales is ought to make the Interceptors faster while retaining their excellent fuel economy.
Joining the existing 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, the new EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque gives the Ford Police Interceptor range a V6 lineup that outperforms V8 engines of years past. An EcoBoost Interceptor with all-wheel-drive is an unstoppable beast that is fast, reliable, and doesn’t cost much run.
In a recent Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department testing and evaluation of 2013 model year vehicles, the Ford Police Interceptor came on top winning all categories including acceleration, braking, 32-lap high-speed and pursuit and beating the Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine. In fairness though, the Tahoe is heavier and more cumbersome.
“We continue to look at ways we can offer our customers additional product enhancements to further meet their unique needs,” said Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager. “Our Police Advisory Board and customers across the country identified the EcoBoost engine as their No. 1 want in the Police Interceptor utility vehicle.”