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.

Police authorities in the United States have a new high-speed toy to play with – the new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit high-performance police vehicle. Built to pursue and hunt aggressors against the law, 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit does not only boast of power and efficiency, but also comes with tactical technology designed to make it easier for the police to do their job.

Making the all-new Dodge Charger Pursuit ready for action are features that include two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration, performance suspension tuning, front- and rear-stabilizer bars, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), steel wheels wrapped in 18-inch performance tires. Its front and rear multi-link suspension geometries have also been redesigned to provide a high level of ride and handling, working in consonance with its rear-wheel drive system. The interior of the Dodge Charger Pursuit, meanwhile, features a mobile-command theme as designed with the assistance and guidance of Dodge’s Police Advisory Board.

It comes with a Police Interface Module that allows for easy equipment integration as well as police-duty front seats and column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick. Its interior also features red/white LED lighting for night-vision equipment.

Nonetheless, pursuit operations may result to collision – both intended and unintended – which indicates the need for police officers to be provided with ample safety and security equipment in the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit. These include the standard advanced multistage air bags for the front occupants, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags as well as supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers. Also included are the driver's knee bag and tire-pressure monitoring.

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