How Ford’s 2.0-liter Sedan Became Police ‘Pursuit Rated’
All those bad boys aren’t going to know what to do when that Ford four-cylinder Taurus sedan comes looking for … wait, what?
It’s a strange world we live in. A place where vehicles prefer to drive themselves and greet you upon entry, and where turbocharged, four-cylinder upstarts out-power monstrous V8 American muscle with unparalleled agility. Just a decade ago, this would all sound ridiculous, but according to an official press release from Ford, independent law enforcement test results have shown that the turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost Special Service Police Sedan was “quicker to 60 mph than the last Crown Victoria Police Interceptor,” which back then came equipped with a massive V8.
But that’s just one of the many wins for Ford over the weekend, because under the new testing protocols adopted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and Michigan State Police (MSP), Ford’s best-selling Police Interceptors virtually pistol-whipped the competition around the track faster than you can say “shenanigans.” Ramathorn jokes aside, this was a huge win for Ford: It was the first time in history that both police agencies conducted independent testing with a “key on and drive” policy. Under this new testing procedure, officers are required to leave stability and traction control settings in default modes in order to better replicate what happens in the real world when the vehicles are first turned on and a pursuit entails, something Ford obviously prepared for properly.
After several grueling hours, the Ford EcoBoost version of Police Interceptor Sedan emerged the victor, scoring back-to-back first-place finishes in both MSP and LASD trials for 2016 police vehicles, making it once more the quickest-accelerating pursuit vehicle on track with faster lap turn-in times than any of its competitors.
“We are proud to maintain our performance advantages, and these validate Ford Police Interceptor leadership” says Arie Groeneveld, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer. “We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute. Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely.”
Another added highlight from the test results conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) include the EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan repeating its victory lap for a best-in-class acceleration score over all other pursuit vehicles (zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds versus 6.6 seconds for the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.7 seconds for the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice). Big wins during testing also came courtesy of the EcoBoost Interceptor Utility Vehicle, which is basically a heavily modified Ford Explorer that repeatedly dominated by scoring a “best-in-class acceleration for utilities,” and remained faster than all base V6 competitors the entire time.
But back to the 2.0-liter Special Service Police Sedan and all of its tongue-twisting titles. After repeatedly impressing both law enforcement officials and driving instructors, this “runt of the litter” rolled onto the course and achieved a duo of zero-to-60 and zero-to-100 times that were faster than the 2011 Interceptor, before passing a 32-lap “Fontana Vehicle Dynamics Test” with flying colors, solidifying its place for the first time as a LASD pursuit-rated vehicle.
Meanwhile, back in “Water/Winter Wonderland,” Michigan State Police (MSP) awarded the EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan once more for its capabilities as the top accelerating machine among all other pursuit vehicles, identically duplicating the results seen out in California. Interestingly enough, since this was the first year all police vehicles were being tested with stability control, traction control, and engine mode systems in “full key-on positions” to better emulate real world conditions, results across the board showed a 0.5- to 2.0-second decrease in competitor vehicle performance, save for the Ford EcoBoost offering.
Sporting a best-in-class lap time, the EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan achieved fastest lap and fastest average lap times, with the 2.0-liter turbo variant passing the mandated 32-lap “Grattan Vehicle Dynamics Test” with ease, placing it in the MSP Vehicle Test book for the first time in history as a pursuit-rated vehicle. Featuring 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the 2.0-liter version of the Interceptor is proof that four-cylinder engines do have a legitimate replacement for displacement thanks to modern turbocharger technology. Add some bigger brakes, special undercarriage shielding, active grille shutters, Level 3 ballistic door panels, upgraded suspension components, more powerful alternators, and one seriously hardcore cooling system to them, and the trooper of the future is here to enforce the law right “meow.”