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Just in case you have any doubts about the capabilities of Ford’s new line-up of Police Interceptors , the Blue Oval has gone ahead and released a series of six videos that should turn even the most hardened of skeptics into believers.

In the videos, both the Taurus and Explorer -based Interceptors were subjected underwent various test demonstrations on performance, handling, and durability while being test-driven by real police officers and compared against rival manufacturers and their own police interceptors. According to Ford, these officers were not paid for their participation and whose comments and opinions were their own and not necessarily representing the opinions of their respective police agencies.

It’s a fascinating look at how these cars fit into the standards set about by a lot of law-enforcement agencies, all of which hold these cars as critical in assisting their cause of maintaining law and order in their respective areas.

As a refresher on the two distinct Ford Interceptor models, the Explorer Interceptor has a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and delivers 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, while the Taurus is offered with a choice of two engine choices - a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that’s also E85 compatible or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged engine with direct-injection that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Check out Parts 2-6 after the jump

Source: Ford

The Canadian police have added a new vehicle to their fleet starting 2011. The new Dodge Charger Enforcer features performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels, and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration, allowing the police to be ahead of the game when chasing the bad guys.

For the interior, the Charger Enforcer adds a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more. The police officers will be protected by standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.

Under the hood, there is a standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, or if that’s not enough, the good guys in blue can opt for a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).


The production version of the Opel Ampera hasn’t even made its debut yet (its scheduled to show up at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show) and already the German General Motors division is marketing the vehicle towards the German Polizei. An electric vehicle doesn’t seem to be a logical choice for a police fleet, but in time everyone will be rocking the green movement, so why not start by making it wear some blue.

The Ampera is powered by a 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery making it 100% emission-free on the road. For any bad guys hoping the car will run out of juice during a pursuit, the Ampera is ready for action with a gasoline engine serving as a secondary source of energy. This engine also generates electricity for the vehicle, giving the Ampera an autonomy of over 500 kilometers (310 miles). Of course, catching up with those same bad guys will take some savvy driving considering the Ampera only has a top speed of just 160km/h (99mph) with a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of a time-consuming 9.0 seconds

Before the car makes it official debut in Geneva, Opel is offering its customers the opportunity to reserve their Ampera with a edposit of only 150 euro (about $203 at the current rates). There will be different models depending on the market, and prices will start from 36,050 euro (about $48,704 at the current rates).

Speeding in France is about to get a wee bit trickier to get away with now that the Gendarmerie are getting 70 Renault Megane RS police vehicles on the prowl.

The new Megane RS police car will replace the currentSubaru Impreza fleet and will come in the blue and yellow color scheme as other French police vehicle. The Gendarmerie have even opted for the “Chassis Cup” version, which is the model with the best handling at high speeds. The Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The vehicle’s speed tops out at 155 mph, leaving the drivers with lead feet little opportunity to get away.

Renault chose Durisotti, an approved Renault coach-builder, to fully transform their new fleet into true police vehicles with the special equipment necessary to catch speedsters. The result of their work is shown in the photos provided.

Source: Autoblog.nl

Time and again, we’ve all been thrust into the same unflattering scenario of driving over the speed limit on a highway without a care in the world - at least until a police car begins to give chase. That’s where we start quaking in our boots. In some instances, we make a break for it, hoping that our trusty steed can outrun the galloping highway patrol car as it tries to keep pace. Unfortunately for the residents of the West Midlands in the UK, trying to outrun the new highway patrol car just became a more difficult task. As a donation by Lotus and presented at the Autosport International Motor Show, the UK police force will be getting a Lotus Evora police car to facilitate the chase..

Oh yes, dear criminals. A 280 horsepower sports car will be stuck in your rear view mirrors until you cry ‘uncle!’ and pull over on the shoulder of the highway. The Evora police car will be given a two-week trial run on a stretch along the West Midlands highway that covers 450 miles, together with a number of major routes, including the M5, M6, and M2 motorways.

So the next time you find yourselves in these areas, you might want to keep watch of the speed limit because you know never know when the Evora police car will jump out of the bushes and give you chase. Most likely, you wouldn’t’ even stand a chance.

Details on the Lotus Evora Police Car after the jump.

When Jay Leno finally decides to hang up his talk show gig, maybe he might have a future as a law-enforcement official.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno invited Gerry Koss, the marketing manager for Ford’s Fleet Operations in North America, and Lisa Teed, the marketing manager for the Ford Police Interceptor , for a little discussion about the company’s two new Police Interceptors.

The two vehicles – a sedan and a utility version – will soon be taking the reins from the venerable Crown Victoria as Ford’s official police vehicles. Ever the car enthusiast that he is, Leno didn’t waste time trying to get to know more about the future of Ford’s police fleet and with the help of both Koss and Teed, he was given a quick tour around the two vehicles and the myriad of unique features that they have that, unfortunately, will be exclusive only for police use. Yeah, no AK-47 holsters for any of us.

Later on, Leno got to spend some time at the LAPD’s official test track to give the Police Interceptor some burn while chasing down an old Crown Victoria Police Car. The comedian even admitted that it was totally fun to be on the other side of a car chase for once and we’ll probably agree with his sentiments if we ever get a chance to sit behind the wheel of these two bad boys.

The police are definitely making their presence felt at the 2010 Essen Motor Show, although it’s not for reasons you might think.

A while ago, we showed you an Essen-bound Fiat 500 that was dressed in Italian police livery by tuning house Blistein. Turns out, the 500 wasn’t the only law enforcement vehicle expected to show up at Europe’s largest aftermarket auto tuning event.

German tuning house, AC Schnitzer , was also in attendance at Essen and they’ve brought with them the German counterpart to the 500 Polizia by Bilstein.

The Aachen-based aftermarket specialists developed their own version of the Mini E Polizei car as part of their ’Tune It! Safe!’ campaign, which is a part of bigger safety campaign sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Among the notable modifications AC Schnitzer gave the Mini E includes a new racing suspension system that complements the car’s 204 electric 204 horsepower. There’s also a newly-designed bonnet, new front and rear skirts, and a set of 18" alloy wheels on Hankook tires. Keeping to the theme of a police vehicle, AC Schnitzer also gave it a blue paint finish with unique stickers courtesy of Foliatec. AC Schnitzer also added a Hella signaling system, as well as an interior that has been decorated with a pedal set, a foot rest, and handbrake handle made of aluminum.

This German Police MINI E has indeed been dressed up in full ’Polizei’ regalia to show that while MINI may be a brand that’s as eccentric as any automaker in the world, it’s still capable of tapping into it’s serious, law-enforcing side.

Press Release after the jump.


Not all police cars can be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia Stradale or even a Stealth Ford Police Interceptor concept , so Bilstein has come up with a less dramatic police car and will be bringing it to the 2010 Essen Motorshow starting this weekend.

Bilstein’s interpretation of a police car doesn’t necessarily have tons of horsepower under its hood, nor is it big enough to scare even the puniest of criminals. No, their choice for a police car is the cutesy Fiat 500 Abarth, proving that even the smallest cars on the market can be police cars.

The Fiat 500 Abarth in Polizia livery may not scare the living daylights out of Ms. Daisy, but any tuning fan will enjoy the Bilstein B14 threaded kit added to the hatchback. This kit comes with variable height-adjustment and adds a cool look to the otherwise mundane vehicle.

We are going to venture a guess that this will not be the most exciting model to appear on the Essen Motorshow’s floor. Actually, we are desperately hoping this is not one of the highlights, but thePorsche Panamera Racing Car by H&R and the Porsche 911 BT1000 by 9ff will be there, so we can rest easy.

Stay with us from Sunday November 27th to Saturday December 5th to see what other cool tuned cars will see in Essen.

Let me tell you, when you foolishly decide to drive your cars way past the speed limit in Italy, this is one police car that you don’t want to be chasing you. Trust us, unless you have a rocket of a supercar in your hands, you’re not going to be able to last in a car chase.

It’s not often that we get to see a Lamborghini police car, although there are a number of them in police departments all over the world. This particular one, though, is a Gallardo LP560-4 , one of two Lamborghinis that were donated to the Italian police by the supercar maker. Moreover, this is the only one left of the two as the other one suffered a pretty serious car crash about a year ago.

So as you can see, the mere sight of the car draws either pained expressions of fear if it’s chasing you down the highway or wide-eyed glee if you get a chance to see it stretch its legs in a racetrack like Monza.

Fortunately, the ever reliable Marchettino was able to capture the Lambo super police car in action at the track doing what comes naturally to it: rocketing around the pit lane and the track while being joined by its supercar brethren.

Source: Marchettino

Security coverage at SEMA? Check! Ford has taken its Interceptor to a whole new, wickedly awesome level with their new Stealth Police Interceptor, a concept car based on the Police Interceptor sedan . The Interceptor may be where this car originated, but the SR-71- the original stealth airplane - is what inspired this car to become so much more.

The exterior of the vehicle says it all with its solid black paint job, mesh grille from the original Interceptor, and its aggressive spoiler with matching black bead lights. Even the area around the lights get blacked out to add to the flow of the vehicle, only becoming apparent when illuminated.

Under the hood, Ford kept the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as found in the original Interceptor, so no boost in power for this airplane inspired ride. The Stealth Interceptor will produce the same 280 hp and will still have E85 compatibility.

"The headliner is black, we wrapped the B-pillars in black, and then we started looking at, ‘Where can I hide this? How can I conceal this?’ We repackaged the console – it looks like a production console with the waterfall of the instrument panel. But when you start opening doors and panels, that’s when you see everything."

We hate to be the ones to burst anyone’s bubble, but this vehicle will be just about anything but stealth. With all of the tricked out rides out there, and the fact that a lot of tuned up super machines also feature a matte black paint job, this vehicle will be the first thing people notice. Good luck featuring this vehicle in a stakeout.

Press release after the jump.


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