Police are always on the lookout for faster cruisers in the never-ending cat-and-mouse game with speeders. And with a new round of testing, one agency has come up with some answers.
The Michigan State Police pitted 2017 sedans and SUVs sold for police work by General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler against in each other to see which is quickest, both in acceleration and stopping power, and the overall fastest.
The quickest accelerating cop car is the police version of the Ford Taurus with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine, the testing revealed. The car with the highest top speed, however, is the Chevrolet Caprice with a 6-liter V-8.
The Taurus sedan, branded by Ford as the Police Interceptor when bought for patrol work, races from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds, the tests show. By contrast, the quickest police version of the Caprice took 6.11 seconds to reach the same speed. And the Dodge Charger with a 5.7-liter engine reaches 60 mph in 6.05 seconds.
The Charger won when it came to stopping distance, with the ability to brake from 60 mph to a complete stop in 123.2 feet.
“Raceway testing shows that Ford’s police vehicles aren’t just quick in a straight line,” said Allen Magolan, Ford Police vehicle engineering manager, in a statement. “but also demonstrate a well-rounded performance."
When it comes to top speed, it's another story. Now the Caprice is the winner, topping out at 155 mph, followed by the Charger and Taurus at 150 mph.
Ford is the biggest seller of police vehicles among Detroit's Big 3 automakers, with some six out of 10 vehicles going to departments.
The best-selling police vehicle of any type is the cop version of the Ford Explorer, which is rated for police pursuits. But it isn't as quick as Ford's sedan. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and tops out at 130 mph in the 3.5-liter turbocharged version. Still, it was faster than the 7.97 seconds posted by the rival police version of the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.