Thread of the Day: What Will Next-Gen Cop Cars Need to Catch Future Bad Guys?
Ever since the Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor went to that big impound lot in the sky, the Detroit Three have been fine-tuning their full-size cop car bids in order to win favor with police departments. We recently put the Chevrolet 9C3 Detective Caprice, Dodge Charger Pursuit, and Ford Police Interceptor through our usual battery of tests. Each of the new police units outperformed the beloved Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which made us wonder what the future might hold for next-gen cop cars.
The new cars offer many features never available on Crown Victoria cruisers, such as unibody construction with crumple zones and high-output engines. In fact, the base V-6 in each of the new police cars offers more horsepower than the Crown Victoria’s 4.6-liter V-8. While two models offer V-8 power, the Taurus-based Police Interceptor with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and all-wheel-drive was the fastest of the group – beating the more powerful Dodge with its 375-hp Hemi V-8.
Will future squad cars continue to offer more power? Or will fuel economy become a more important factor, with agencies moving toward diesel or even hybrid drivetrains? Do you think police cruisers will continue to be based on existing passenger car designs, or will they be purpose-built vehicles like Carbon Motors’ proposed E7 project? Tell us what you think is in store for the next generation of cop cars in the comments section below.
By Jason Udy