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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Ford Police Interceptor has outgunned its V8 competitors at a recent testing day in the US.

The car standing in the way of the Holden-engineered Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) taking control of the US law enforcement fleet laid down the fastest lap of the day at a recent Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department test day.

Powered by Ford’s new 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost V6 engine, the all-wheel drive Taurus-based Police Interceptor creates 272kW and 474Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0-60mph (96.6 km/h) in 5.8 seconds.

The 6.0-litre V8-powered Caprice PPV comes in just below the Ford at 265kW but has an extra 47Nm of torque – 521Nm all up. The PPV features Active Fuel Management and is capable of running on E85 fuel, and also accelerates from 0-100km/h in under 6.0 seconds.

Ford also let loose its base model vehicle, which will compete with the V6 Caprice when both models are released in 2012. The 209kW 3.5-litre V6 Ti-VCT Ford Police Interceptor outperformed its V6 rivals in acceleration, braking and lap time tests.

Ford says its new fleet of Police Interceptor vehicles will be at least 20 percent more fuel efficient than the current 4.6-litre V8 powering the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford has also developed a Police Interceptor utility vehicle based on the all-new Explorer, powered by a 3.7-litre V6 Ti-VCT engine, which outgunned the Chevrolet Tahoe around the test circuit by more than two seconds.

Chevrolet has a chance to get the jump on Ford however, as the Blue Oval’s new models are not due to debut for another 12 months, after Crown Victoria production finishes late in 2011.

The third member of the Detroit Three is also attempting to make an impression on the 70,000-vehicle-a-year law enforcement vehicle market from next year, with orders for the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit already underway.




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