Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities run after bad guys in a Ferrari 458 Spider.
In the United States, one of the biggest automakers that provide vehicles in the law enforcement would be Ford. Manager of commercial and government fleet sales of Ford, Michele Bartlett, said that in 2016, the company has sold 43,000 police vehicles alone, that is about 60 percent of the market. Now, Ford had just revealed the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, and they are hoping to further expand their presence in the country.
The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pursuit-rated pickup truck and is based on the FX4 off-road package. This package gives the Police Responder a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that enables it to put out 375 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the truck to reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour in no time. The package is only sold as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed.
If you are wondering what makes the Police Responder different from a standard F-150, the former is specially made for long, high speed pursuits, making it more durable overall. It comes with a cooling system, large brake calipers, high performance brake pads, skid plates, and heavy duty 18-inch wheels coated in all-terrain tires, plus a thick front anti-roll bar and a 240-amp alternator.
Bartlett knows the law enforcement pretty well, so Ford had their engineers build a spacious cabin for the officers as these vehicles are like their mobile offices. They have added column shifters that will give space for laptops and other communication gears. The center seats have been taken out as well to give them more room inside. Front seats are made with heavy-duty cloth and have minimal bolsters since the cops have their utility belts on, while the rear seats and flooring are all in vinyl for easier cleanup.
Customers have been requesting for a tougher, pursuit-rated truck for rural sheriffs, and this Police Responder can tow up to 7,000 pounds. All this was made possible by Ford with the help of a special team of 26 law-enforcement consultants from US and Canada. Other pursuit-rated vehicles that Ford offers are the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and the Taurus-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.
This fall, the F-150 Police Responder will be put to the test at the Michigan State Police and the LA County Sheriff’s Department, before it becomes available in early 2018.