readbud - get paid to read and rate articles

March 18, 2010

behind the day

Ford's new Taurus-based squad car is set to replace the venerable Crown Victoria in police fleets across the country.

With EcoBoost V6 power and all-wheel drive, the new purpose-built Police Interceptor is a departure from the traditional rear-wheel-drive, V8 Crown Vics which have been a mainstay of police fleets for more than 15 years.

The new Ford cop car gets two motors: the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 making 263 hp. They're paired with a six-speed automatic. The shifter is column-mounted. It comes in front-wheel and all-wheel drive models.

The squad car is also loaded with new features from the Blue Oval's technology bin, including Sync, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and standard stability control. It's also laden with safety technology, including a side-curtain airbag rollover-protection system. The car was tested by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles Country Sheriff department.

The brakes are larger and work in concert with standard 18-inch steel wheels for ventilation. Engine cooling is improved, and the interior is redesigned from the street car. Most notably, the front seats have a lower bolster for officers' utility belts, and there's an antistab plate to protect front-seat occupants.

It's also easier to load perps into the backseat: The rear doors swing open 10 degrees more to accommodate entry and exit, especially in handcuffs.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Related Posts with Thumbnails