Attention American crooks and criminals! If you are planning to commit some sort of atrocity that involves a car chase, your getaway car should have at least 240 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, because that’s what the new Ford Special Service Police Car is getting thanks to its 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine.
The new cruiser, which is based on Ford Taurus, is said to be the first law enforcement vehicle to achieve 30 mpg or better. Granted, fuel economy must not be on the top of the list when you are shopping for a new Police car, but the advantages this new model offers are huge.
In comparison, the outgoing 4.6-liter V8 Crown Victoria achieved 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined; the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost Ford special service police car is expected to return 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. With gas prices at $3.65 per gallon, the special service police package would save agencies $5,040.92 over three years. That gain is worth letting a few burglars and car thieves get away with their crime.
That is if this car ever gives chase. Being a ‘Special Service’ vehicle, it’ll probably spend most of its time shuttling officers to and from official meetings. Now that obsession with fuel economy makes a lot of sense. At any rate, Ford also offers 3.5-liter, 3.7-liter or 3.5-liter EcoBoost variants with all-wheel-drive, which outperform a V8. So yes, you are going to be safe. You only really need to start getting worried if your local Police decided to switch to something electric like Nissan LEAF, or worse, Mitsubishi i-MiEV!