Last month, Ford pulled the cover off of its all-new 2012 Police Interceptor, the Taurus-based cop car that will be hitting the streets of America near the end of 2011. Now, we've had the chance to see the new cruiser in the flesh, and might we say, it'll look pretty menacing when it shows up in your rearview mirror.
The 2012 Police Interceptor will be available with a 3.5-liter V6, in naturally aspirated and twin-turbo EcoBoost variants. The base engine will be available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the top-end models with the turbocharged engine will only use all-wheel drive. Naturally, six-speed automatics are standard across the board, but the shifter is now column-mounted, leaving more room along the center stack for the police-spec equipment.
Inside, Ford has stripped away a good deal of the Taurus interior to make it more livable for both officers and criminals. Up front, the seats have been re-contoured to provide space for the cop's utility belt, and in back, the doors now open a full 71 degrees, making ingress and egress easier for baddies. What's more, the space between the two front seats is the exact same spec as the outgoing Crown Vic, meaning police fleets can simply transfer their old equipment into the new cars.
We're pretty eager to see these new cruisers hit the roads (so long as they aren't tailing behind us). Furthermore, Ford has plans to create a utility-oriented Police Interceptor (read: Flex-based), so we'll look for that to debut later this year.
2012 Ford Interceptor Police cars revealed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Meet the all new 2012 Ford Interceptor sedan and
utility Police cars. You might know them as the Ford Taurus SHO and the
Ford Explorer, but to Ford they are the new Sedan and Utility interceptors.
Here's everything you always wanted to know about these new police cars
Cop Cars! Ford Interceptor, Dodge Charger Pursuit & Chevy Caprice PPV - Wide Open Throttle Ep 16
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LAPD Police Cruiser for 2012
LAPD Police Headquarters
Los Angeles, California
The department received from GM a patrol car planned for use in 2012. In
addition an electric scooter was presented
Miata vs. Charger Police Car - Hot Pursuit!
It's 4-cylinder Japanese agility vs. 8-cylinder American power as we run
from a Dodge Charger police car in our long-term Mazda Miata. Watch the
video to see if we can make a successful getaway!
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Cops Chase Ford GT
Police chase a Ford GT through traffic. Partial scene from the dvd "Super
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2011 Ford Mad Max Concept
Ford Australia, in partnership with TopGear Australia magazine, has
unveiled not one, but two spectacular new Mad Max Interceptors.
The 21st century concepts have been designed by Ford's designers for
TopGear Magazine Australia to help celebrate the revival of the Mad Max
action movie genre.
It is more than 30 years since Hollywood director, George Miller's original
Mad Max movie - starring Mel Gibson and a jet black Ford XB coupe-based
Interceptor - hit movie screens around the world.
Ford Australia's Melbourne-based Asia, Pacific and Australia Design
Director, Chris Svensson, jumped at the chance to design a new Interceptor
and has since thrown the full weight of Ford Australia's Research Centre
behind the project, with stunning results.
"Our entire team was very excited to be involved in this after-hours
project and they approached it with a great deal of enthusiasm - even those
that were too young to remember the first Mad Max movie," Svensson said.
"We had a special screening of the original movie so they could understand
Led by chief designer passenger cars Asia, Pacific and Africa, Todd
Willing, the team created several way-out concepts that pay homage to
styling cues from the original XB Coupe Interceptor.
Out of the concepts two have been chosen by the magazine to feature in the
April issue of TopGear Australia magazine, on sale now, because they take
body design, power sources and weaponry to a futuristic level.
TopGear Australia magazine readers will be invited to vote on which design
Ford should take to the next level.
The winning car will be turned into a clay model, and then a scale version,
which is expected to be revealed later this year.
The two competing designs - by designers Nima Nourian and Simon Brook - are
limitless in their imagination, technology and weaponry. Among the weaponry
is an industrial-strength "taser" mounted to the bonnet to zap bad guys on
bikes straight off the road.
Other futuristic movie features include a titanium-lined body shell to
interrupt police scanners and wheels with extendable spikes to shred enemy
Nourian said his design paid tribute to the 1970s Interceptor, but also
drags the car into the future.
"There are some great scenes in the first movie with high-speed chases and
clashes with the bad guys, and I thought I'd take that one step further,"
he said. "So instead of having weapons and machine guns, we've got an
industrial strength taser that'll zap cars dead and out of the way.
Brook's car was equally threatening. "During high-speed pursuits, the
wheel's inner spokes on my design would pop out and start ripping up other
cars," Brook said. "They'd do some serious damage to other people's
Brook's design takes cues from the current FG Falcon but advances it
further into Armageddon-land, while adding touches of the retro Interceptor
as well. "I wanted to keep it clean and aerodynamic in its essence, but
still brutal and tough."
2012 Ford Police Interceptor Concept Video
New 2012 Ford Police Interceptor Concept. Ford will release more info on
the car by 2011 and it may replace the Crown Vic with this in 2012. Ford
may add this to there lineup of police cars with the new Taurus. The car
includes a powered clamshell "shaker" hood, which covers the engine. The
fullsize sedan is based on a stretched version of the rear wheel drive Mustang's Ford D2C platform,
featuring a solid rear axle. The body is proportioned with short front
overhang and a long rear overhang, and features a low roof line and a high
belt line, when compared to other Ford sedans like the Ford Taurus, with a
wedged profile. The Interceptor incorporates a four-point "belt and
suspenders" harness seat belt design in the front and rear seats, with
inflatable safety belts for rear seat passengers. The four-point belt
represents a possible next-generation safety belt system that is designed
to be more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point
belts. The dash, headliner, steering wheel, and four low-back bucket seats
are wrapped in leather.
* Powertrain: 5.0-liter Cammer V-8 / 400 hp (300 kW) / flexible fuel
* Transmission: Manual six-speed gearbox
* Chassis Dimensions:
o Overall length: 201.6 in (5121 mm).
o Wheelbase: 120.8 in (3068 mm).
o Overall width: 76.4 in (1941 mm).
o Overall height at curb: 54.8 in (1392 mm).
o Front track width: 66.5 in (1689 mm).
o Rear track width: 67.8 in (1722 mm).
o Front: Double wishbone independent
o Rear: 3-Link design with Panhard rod
o Front Headroom: 37.5 in (953 mm).
o Rear Headroom: 35.9 in (912 mm).
o Front Legroom: 42.3 in (1074 mm).
o Rear Legroom: 35.6 in (904 mm).
2012 ford Police Interceptor: Dog Bone Test
Say goodbye to the the Police Interceptor Crown Victoria and hello to
Ford's new edan and SUV Interceptors. See them tested off-road against the
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BMW Diesels for US Police Cars
BMW will be providing diesel engines and auto transmissions for this
purpose-built law enforcement vehicle from Carbon Motor Corp. For the full
news story, visit http://www.eurotuner.com/index.html and check out the