John Gilbert Staff Editor
December 1, 2015

Not those, goofy overseas police supercars, but there has to be a car collector somewhere in the world that specializes in collecting Police Interceptors. There’s been a lot of truly intriguing specialty shop and factory prototype police interceptors built throughout the years to choose from. For example the Holman Moody prepped Michigan State Police cars, or the Les Ritchey specials done for the CHP (California Highway Patrol), or North of the border in Canada, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) were known to stable fleets of high-performance “ghost cars” famous for blistering high-speed pursuits across the prairies.

Two or three decades ago in California it wasn’t all that uncommon to see a CHP Z28 Camaro, or two, but the CHP pursuit cars that dominated the scene were the SSP Fox-body 5.0L Mustangs. And ever since there’s been a competition between Ford and Chevrolet to see who can provide a suitable car to serve as a highway patrol unit.

Well, it’s that time of the year again and the big three Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge all participated in police interceptor comparison tests conducted by the LASD (Los Angeles Sheriffs Department) and the Michigan State Police. Amazingly the EcoBoost-powered Ford Police Interceptor Sedan bested all vehicles, including V8-equipped competitors’ sedans in testing by both Michigan and California authorities, while Ford Police Interceptor Utility with EcoBoost out-accelerated the competition’s newest V8-equipped utility and all base V6-powered sedans.

Highlights of Test Results: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD)

* Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as best-in-class acceleration for overall pursuit vehicles (0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds vs. 6.6 seconds for the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice)
* Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan achieves 0-60 and 0-100 times faster than the 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

LASD Fontana/Auto Club Speedway High-Speed Pursuit Tests:

* Ford 2.0-liter SSP Sedan passes 32-lap Fontana Vehicle Dynamics test, and for the first time will be in the LASD Vehicle Test book as a pursuit-rated vehicle
* 3.5-liter EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as best-in-class lap time and fastest average lap speed among all police vehicles tested
* 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap among base V6 police vehicles

Highlights of Test Results: Michigan State Police

* Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeats as top acceleration for overall pursuit vehicles
* EcoBoost Interceptor Utility acceleration repeats as top acceleration for utilities and repeats as faster than all base V6 sedans
* Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan achieves 0-60 and 0-100 times faster than the 2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Grattan Raceway (Belding, Michigan) Test Highlights:

*This is the first year all police vehicles were tested with stability control, traction control and engine mode systems full key-on as driven by officers in the real world
* Electronic stability control on agreement results in a 0.5-2.0-second decrease in competitor vehicle performance
* EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan is best-in-class lap time
* EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap
* EcoBoost Interceptor Utility repeats as best-in-class lap time and fastest average lap speed in utility segment
* 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive Interceptor Sedan achieves fastest lap and fastest average lap time among base V6 police vehicles
* Ford 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan passes 32-lap Grattan Vehicle Dynamics test, and for the first time will be in the MSP Vehicle Test book as a pursuit-rated vehicle