GM and Chrysler threatening Ford’s domination on police car market

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 21, 2010

For those who don’t know, the police car market has been dominated by Ford with its Crown Victoria, as Ford sold almost 70 percent of the 75,000 cars sold annually. However, things are about to change as Chevrolet will introduce the 2011 Caprice police car which promises to be better than the Victoria.

But don’t think that Ford will accept this, because you are wrong and the manufacturer will introduce a front-wheel drive Police Interceptor based on the Taurus. The Crown Victoria police car production will stop in August 2011, when it will be replaced the new Police Interceptor.

And in order to make things even harder, Chrysler is also introducing the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car. Now, the police will have to choose between three new vehicles, but which could be the winner?

Let’s take a look under the hood. First of all, the Ford Police Interceptor will be powered by a 3.5-liter C6 engine capable to deliver around 280 hp but a turbocharged version of the engine is expected with an estimated 365 hp. The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit car has a 3.6-liter V6 engine delivering 285 hp but also a more powerful optional 5.7-liter V8 engine delivering 360 hp.

The big surprise is found under the 2011 Caprice’s hood, where GM installed an impressive 6.0-liter V8 delivering 355 horsepower (265 kW) with 384 lb-ft of torque (521 Nm) mated to a six-speed transmission.

Caprice was the leader of the market before GM discontinued it back in 1996 and has an advantage comparing it with Ford: it is rear-wheel drive (just like the 2011 Charger Pursuit).

The police showed very interested in the new Caprice, as this became a legendary car. Furthermore, the Caprice is faster from zero to 60 and zero to 100 miles per hour and brakes in a shorter distance than its competitors from Ford and Dodge. So, what is gonna be? Ford, Chevrolet or the Dodge? The police will have the last word, though!

Topics: gm, chrysler, ford, police car

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