Ford Mustang is a Candidate for the UK Police Fleet

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 26, 2016

Ford Mustang has been one of the most celebrated cars for more than half a century. It was first developed from the two-seater concept car which then evolved to what we currently know and love as the four-seater muscle car.

Currently on its sixth generation, the Mustang is still making waves throughout the automobile industry. In 2013, the sixth generation Mustang was unveiled in various parts of the United States as well as in Spain, China and Australia.

There have been changes over the years for each generation of the Mustang and for its sixth generation, it got itself quite a facelift –body made wider by 1.5 inches, a lowered body, a trapezoidal grille, a 2.75-inch lower decklid, and of course, a set of new colors. The sixth gen Mustang was offered in three engine options: the four-cylinder 3.2-liter EcoBoost with 310 horsepower, the 3.7-liter V6 that could produce 300 horsepower, and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with 435 horsepower.

It was offered with either of the six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Moreover, a new independent rear suspension (IRS) system was developed to cater to this new model. The 2015 model earned the 5-star rating from the NHTSA for its front, side and rollover crash protection.

Even with the fear that the popular “Stang” would lose the muscle car oomph it possessed after its transformation for mass production to be able to cater worldwide, the 2015 model was still a big hit. It has recently been crowned as the world’s best-selling sports coupe for 2015 – 141,000 units were sold in 2015, with 19,000 Stangs sold abroad.

The Stang never lost its muscle car formula, but it did become a popular sports coupe and was accepted worldwide. It might have lost its solid rear axle and gained a turbocharge option as well as some interior refinements but some must’ve found that change to be the turning point to get it back on the road. The new Stangs have featured reworked engines to be at par with European sports cars. Its low price is another good selling point. Moreover, because the 2015 model was offered in right hand drive and left hand drive, it opened doors to more countries than it has ever been in before.

And there are no signs that this worldwide phenomenon is weakening. From an American hit to a UK topper, the Mustang will soon dominate the British police fleet. Yes, you read it right. It seems like the UK has plans to add the Mustang to its police fleet after its National Association for Police Fleet Managers saw it dressed in police livery at a trade fair.

With the panel gaps and terrible interior redone on the new Mustang as well as getting the solid rear axle off it, the upgraded 2015 model is surely not just fit for the Texas drag strips but also for UK’s countryside. The Mustang is sold at around $32,645 and with 435 horsepower down its rear wheels, it looks like it could be useful to the British police fleet.

However, there hasn’t been any confirmation on the purchase of the said vehicles. A spokesman from the police department did say that they find the Mustang to be an “excellent patrol car”. They also consider it to be a good example that encourages safer driving in the UK. More information on the said purchases will be given later in the summer but if the Mustang will make it to the police fleet, it still has to go through various tests. We’re really hoping it does pass these tests because a Mustang in police livery is one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen.

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