A crop of new police cars drew more than 400 law enforcement officials to see the Michigan State Police put the cars through acceleration, braking, high-speed handling and other tests, reports the Detroit Free Press. Ford, which has long dominated the police car market with its rear-wheel drive Crown Victoria, was working hard to overcome skeptics as it introduced a front-wheel drive Police Interceptor based on the Ford Taurus. “They will have a tough time,” said one police officer. “It is a whole different driving system.”
Ford has long dominated the police car market with about 70% of the 75,000 police cars sold annually. Ford will stop producing the Crown Victoria next August and is replacing it with the far more modern Police Interceptor. The new car has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an estimated 280 horsepower or a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with an estimated 365 horsepower. Ford faces competition from a redesigned Dodge Charger Pursuit police car and the return of the General Motors' Chevrolet Caprice police car.