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The Fastest Cop Car In America is Not a Car but a Ford Pick-Up

LASDs F-150 Pick-up does 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, making it faster than other police vehicles in the U.S.

LASDs F-150 Pick-up does 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, making it faster than other police vehicles in the U.S.

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Ford introduced its new F-150 Police Responder back in March, the Blue oval’s latest weapon for North American police forces. It is now the fastest patrol vehicle available, beating out both sedans and SUVs.

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According to tests conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, Ford’s new law enforcement pick-up, America’s sole pursuit-rated pickup purpose-built for law enforcement, has become the fastest patrol car. 

The Michigan State Police tests are usually used as a reference point for police cars, but their spokeswoman Lori Dougovito said the most recent report has not yet been made public.

However, Ford claims that preliminary results indicate the F-150 is right up there at the top.

By how much does it beat the competition

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In the latest Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tests, the all-new 2021 F-150 Police Responder, registered fastest 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, and quarter-mile times than any other police vehicle. 

It clocked a 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.44 seconds at 98.19 mph, which is 0.4 seconds faster than any competitor. 

To put that in context, a Dodge Charger equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 14.85 seconds at 99.9 mph. 

Performance

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The pickup has a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost turbocharged engine that produces 405 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which is 25 horsepower and 30 pound-feet more powerful than the engine found on previous generation police vehicles.

It is worth mentioning that the patrol version of the pickup produces greater torque than comparable pursuit-rated police vehicles.

The truck also has a 10-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. The transfer case and automated four-wheel-drive mode constantly shift torque to the front or rear wheels as required.

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At the same time, the transfer case also contributes to the overall performance of the pickup by offering excellent stability during high cornering speeds. 

Because it is equipped with a rapid four-wheel-drive that works well regardless of road conditions, it makes for faster launches on almost any surface, and the pick-up tops out at 122 mph.

Why Does The Greater Speed Make a Difference?

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According to Los Angeles and Michigan police, the 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder is the patrol car with the best acceleration capability, allowing officers to respond to emergencies more rapidly. 

"The acceleration and top speed of a vehicle like this relate to how quickly you can respond to an incident and arrive on the scene," "Time savings of a few seconds can make a significant difference. Officers aboard the F-150 Police Responder will be there faster than anyone else, whether it's for highway accidents or other types of calls." said Greg Ebel, Ford's manager of police vehicles.

Where is it made?

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The F-150 Police Responder is built at Ford’s Kansas City Manufacturing Facility in Claycomo, Missouri and will be available in fleets in late fall 2021.

Final Thoughts

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The F-150 Police Responder, which was introduced in 2017 as a powerful and capable all-terrain law enforcement vehicle, is now part of the best-selling portfolio of police vehicles in the United States.

Check out the F-150 Police Responder in Action


Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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