When it comes to testing police cars, the Michigan State Police perform some of the most extensive testing of any organization out there. In its latest round of testing, the Michigan State Police have found that the fastest police car isn’t the country isn’t a car at all. It is the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.
The Police Interceptor is an all-new car for 2020 and comes standard with all-wheel drive and an available 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine. The SUV ended up being faster than all V8 sedans tested. Ford says that the Police Interceptor was built from the ground up for law enforcement.
It has a hybrid powertrain with good interior space and lower fuel costs. The vehicle posted the fastest 0-60mph time and the fastest 0-100 mph time along with the fastest lap and fastest average lap. Ford’s Police Interceptor was not only faster than all V8 sedans tested, but it was also the fastest SUV tested as well.
Other than being fast, the vehicle is also fuel efficient with a combined economy rating of at least 24mpg, about a 40% improvement over the current 3.7L V6 engine. The EPA hasn’t given the vehicle an official rating yet. The expected fuel economy could save law enforcement $3,500 per year in fuel compared to the current Ford Police Interceptor Utility.
Other interesting tidbits about the new vehicle it had the highest top speed at 150mph with the hybrid version topping out at 137mph. The hybrid version has an internal battery and the engine can shut off automatically to save fuel while still running police electronics, lighting, and computers. The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility can be ordered now with deliveries starting in summer 2019.