Top 10 police vehicles

Courtesy of Richard Perry
Richard Perry, The Hemet Car Guy.

SUVs surpass sedans as the most popular law enforcement vehicle

Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,

As I do every year I will be volunteering for the biannual “Battle of the Badges,” an amateur boxing event that our first responders compete in to raise money for youth programs. It’s a great event for a great cause…so I got to thinking – since I’m the Car Guy, I should discuss police cars and the fact that police departments utilize several different types of vehicles.

Some of these include the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Escape, Ford Taurus, Jeep Cherokee, and others. Even though police cars bear some resemblance to standard production sedans and SUVs, they aren’t. Instead, they are souped up specialty vehicles equipped with customized police-specific powertrains and equipment.

Nationally, the top selling police car is actually an SUV. A version of Ford’s Police Interceptor, a modified Explorer, just crossed the 50 percent market share threshold for the first time since it was introduced in 2012, according to the IHS Market. Unless I get to go on a ride along and get in a hot pursuit, I will never get to experience the performance capabilities of these spiffed up speed machines.

Every year, manufacturers like Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler put the latest patrol car offerings through a grueling series of performance tests, including acceleration and top speed. For the 2017 model year, Michigan’s finest tested many vehicles that are derived from the Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer production models.

The Michigan State Police posted their testing and some of the performance figures are truly impressive. Here are the 10 fastest police cars in America and some of their statistics:

10. Ford Police Interceptor Utility 3.7L AWD
3.7 liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine; 304 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.99 seconds; top speed is 132 mph.

9. Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L RWD
5.3 liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine; 355 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.97 seconds; top speed is 132 mph.

8. Chevrolet Caprice 3.6 RWD
3.6 liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine; 301 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.91 seconds; top speed is 147 mph.

7. Ford Police Interceptor Sedan 3.5L FWD
3.5 liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine; 288 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.78 seconds; top speed is 133 mph.

6. Ford Police Interceptor Sedan 3.7L AWD
3.7 liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine; 305 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.43 seconds; top speed is 133 mph.

5. Ford Police Interceptor Utility 3.5L EcoBoost AWD
3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine; 365 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.40 seconds; top speed is 130 mph.

By Raymond Wambsgans from Akron Ohio, USA (California Highway Patrol Ford Interceptor Utility)
The Ford Interceptor SUV has become the top selling police vehicle.

4. Dodge Charger 5.7L RWD
5.7 liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine; 370 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.17 seconds; top speed is 150 mph.

3. Chevrolet Caprice 6.0L RWD
6.0 liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine; 355 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.11 seconds; top speed is 155 mph.

2. Dodge Charger 5.7L AWD
5.7 liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine; 370 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.05 seconds; top speed is 150 mph.

1. Ford Police Interceptor Sedan 3.5L EcoBoost AWD
3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine; 365 horsepower; accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.70 seconds; top speed is 150 mph.

I wonder if our Hemet Police have any of these vehicles in their fleet with their recent Measure U purchases.

Good Driving,
The Hemet Car Guy

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