Ford is keeping the fires lit in its bid to sell police departments a FWD based cruiser amid strong competition from Dodge and Chevrolet which both offer RWD sedans with both a V6 and V8.
For 2013, Ford is offering up the Taurus Police Interceptor with the Mustang’s 3.7 liter DOHC V6, putting down some 305hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The engine option will fit nicely between the standard 3.5 liter V6 currently offered and the fire breathing 3.5 liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 we know from the SHO.
Ford has listened to the cops who drive these cars very carefully, as they should given Ford is now the underdog without RWD vehicles to offer. Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with treir Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals to get the input that lead to this option being offered.
It makes sense to offer the engine as the very same powertrain is offered in the Explorer and the Lincoln MKS which are mechanically identical. Ford says the 3.7 liter V6 will offer the highest mileage of a V6 for police cruisers with 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The Taurus Police Interceptor has unique police brakes have been increased in size and performance for confidence. The cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. Underneath are some 18-inch steel wheels.
The interior of the Police Interceptor is actually quite different from the standard Taurus. Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.
The Police Interceptor rear seat also has been redesigned to address police-specific needs. The vinyl seats are specially sculpted and set back to improve second-row space and maximize legroom. The back door hinges are modified to open up another 10 degrees versus traditional rear doors.
The Ford Police Interceptor also is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment necessary for officers to do their jobs.