Ford: EcoBoost Taurus is fastest accelerating cop car

October 17, 2013
As the cop car wars continue to heat up, Ford says it has a new ace up its sleeve: Independent testing by the Michigan State Police has revealed that the turbocharged version of its Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor is faster to 60 mph than rivals from Chrysler and General Motors with eight-cylinder engines.

In the Michigan police test, the turbocharged Police Interceptor vaulted from a stop to 60 mph in 5.66 seconds compared to a hair over 6 seconds for  V8 versions of both the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice. By the time the Ford hit 100 mph, it was 0.8 seconds ahead of the Caprice and 1.2 seconds in front of the Charger.

Despite the Taurus’ fast acceleration away from a stop, it is the police version of the Charger that nabbed the speed record at Michigan’s Grattan International Raceway.

The Michigan State Police test of pursuit cars is considered the country’s most stringent and results of it have long been a major influencing factor for law enforcement agencies across the country.

Ford now offers the Police Interceptor sedan, which is essentially an upgraded consumer market Taurus, with three engines: A 2.0-liter turbo designed for detective-style work and a choice of 3.7-liter naturally-aspirated or 3.5-liter turbocharged engines. <![CDATA[
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