Michigan State Police Have Found the Fastest Cop Car in America

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Just in case you’re planning on doing some crimes and then attempting to escape the authorities by driving really fast, you should probably pay attention to this: Michigan State Police have had a lot of fun on a track, and they’ve found the fastest-accelerating and overall fastest police car: the Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Yes, that big cop SUV will hit 150 mph.

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Of course, we should be fair and mention that Dodge Charger cop cars, in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, hit 149 mph, though they were also beat by the Ford PI Utility in getting from 0 to 60, which the Ford managed in 5.77 seconds, while the AWD Charger took 5.87.

I know you’re curious, so here’s the full results:

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America’s fastest cop car is, notably, not a V8. It’s a 3-liter EcoBoost V6. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility is also currently the top-selling police vehicle in America, making up 54 percent of all sales to law enforcement agencies in 2017.

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Ford is quite pleased at this news, and sent me a whole press release about it, even though, if we’re honest, most police departments are going to desperately hope they never have to drive these things at 150 mph on public roads, and many departments have forbidden high-speed pursuits entirely.

The real important take-away here I think is how common these Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles are now, so here’s a reminder of how their lights look in your rear-view mirror:

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Drive safely! Don’t make the cops prove to you how fast these can go!

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DISCUSSION

As I recall I believe the Explorer had an issue with Carbon Monoxide leaking into the cabin?

That being said, I would be interested to know the difference in maintenance costs (over the lifetime of use) between the EcoBoost powered PI Utility vs. the Hemi powered Charger would be.

Sometimes it’s hard to beat a good-old pushrod V8.