Michigan State Police’s annual test shows that V6-powered cars have a future

Article by Anita Panait, on February 23, 2012

Catching fleeing criminals could be much easier if the police have the right car to do it. And to select the right police car, they have to test the candidates. That is what the Michigan State Police does annually. It has recently disclosed the top results of its yearly police car test, with the participation of Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge vehicles. Michigan State Police selects their right car by considering several factors like quarter-mile acceleration, stopping distance, ergonomics, fuel economy and 0-60 mph acceleration.

The latest police car test marks the first time the Ford Police Interceptor, the law-enforcement version of the Ford Crown Victoria, is absent, since Ford has already discontinued the production of both cars. However, Ford managed to field another Ford Police Interceptor, a heavy-duty version of the Ford Taurus. The main difference of the two Interceptors is the engine: the Victoria is powered by V-8, the main reason it was the police favorite, while the Taurus is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6.

Ford created two versions of the Taurus law-enforcement models: a front-wheel-drive model with 280 hp and an all-wheel-drive variant with a twin-turbocharged engine that coughs up 365 hp, says Autonews. With the two versions, Ford is hoping to match its rivals’ rear-wheel-drive V-8 powered police cars: the 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice with 355hp, and the 5.7-liter Dodge Charger with 370hp.

One test that could determine which car has the best engine is the 0-60 mph acceleration test. The results? The Taurus was third, reaching 60 mph in 5.92 seconds. Caprice is second at 5.91 seconds. The Charger stomped the class by accelerating zero to 60 mph in just 5.83 seconds. It’s clear that V-8s outclassed the V-6 on this test.

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