Here’s How Ford Has the Edge on Police Fleets
In September, Ford (NYSE:F) announced it has an engine built for efficiency, rather than speed, to satisfy the modern needs of police forces. Nonetheless, the automaker is proving it hasn’t forgotten about the occasional high-speed pursuit. Ford announced its Police Interceptor fleet beats out the competition from GM (NYSE:GM) and Dodge (FIATY.PK) in acceleration tests on a Michigan track.
According to a company statement, Ford’s police sedan with Ecoboost recently bested the Hemi Dodge Charger and Chevy Caprice V8 in track tests conducted by the Michigan State Police. The Police Interceptor ran 0-60 in 5.66 seconds, better than the 6.01 seconds by the Caprice from GM and the 6.04 mark from the Dodge Charger packing a 5.7-liter Hemi engine. Ford’s cop car also beat its rivals in 0-100 times by more than a full second.
The same placing held police utility vehicles tested, with Ford’s edge growing larger in proportion to vehicle and engine size. The Police Interceptor utility vehicle, which packs a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood, went 0-60 in 6.28 seconds, trouncing the Chevy Tahoe V8 by GM, which took 8.22 seconds to hit the 60 mph mark. In the 0-100 race, the Ford police utility vehicle beat the Tahoe by more than 6 seconds. The edge Ford has in police fleet sales looks certain to hold.