The time has finally come: Ford unveiled their awesome new police car, which sports a variety of features including increased power, better safety ratings, cool electronics and an eco-friendly engine. Not only does this car step up the game and provide law enforcement with an edge, it will reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of police vehicles on the road everyday.
The new Taurus police car will replace the Police Interceptor version of the Crown Victoria, which has been widely used by law enforcement since the official model was released in 1992. The new Taurus offers numerous benefits over the Police Interceptor including a large horsepower boost and surprising crash ratings.
According to researchers, the new police Taurus can sustain a rear-end crash at 75 mph. This doesn’t sound important to many readers, but for departments like the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other units that monitor freeways across the nation, having a car that can withstand a high-speed impact from the rear is critical. Vehicles stopped on the side of the road are often struck by drunk drivers and moronic motorists, so protocol is to approach a car from the right side as to remove oneself from harm’s way (vehicles passing by). Though, before exiting the cruiser, officers are sitting ducks in their vehicle, and this is why having the ability to endure a high-speed collision is important.
In regards to green features, the police version of the Taurus sports an engine with Ford’s new EcoBoost technology. Months ago I wrote an article on the new EcoBoost Green Technology by Ford and I’m glad to see it’s being put to use. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine produces a whopping 365 horsepower — over 100 more than its predecessor — and amazingly reduces emissions by around 25%.
Unfortunately, though I do think this car is awesome, it does have some pretty serious rivals. In particular, the Dodge Charger Police Cruiser is a beast. I was at a Chrysler/Dodge show about a year ago and was able to scope out a CHP Charger firsthand, which was quite fun.
In wrapping this article up, if I can say one thing it’s to obey all laws and never run from the police. As the saying goes: “you might outrun my Chevrolet but you won’t outrun my 2-way.” Classic.
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