What is it about a police cruiser that makes us so eager to learn all about it? The one vehicle that we dread to see in our rear view mirror the most is the one that we will look at pictures of and read all about.
Is it the flashing lights? I do not believe that it is. I firmly believe that our curiosity towards the latest in law enforcement vehicles lies in their outstanding performance capabilities. Law enforcement vehicles don’t always have the most opulent amenities but they are typically ultra-safe, fast, reliable, and they are designed to handle well. The aggressive stance and flashy paint job doesn’t hurt either.
Let’s take a look at the latest in law enforcement sedans from the big three (out of Detroit).
Chevrolet offers the Caprice exclusively for law enforcement agencies; unlike other car lines this makes the Caprice more easily identifiable in comparison with other civilian vehicles. The features of the Caprice are more uniquely suited for police work then any other vehicle on the market. Daytime running lamps with automatic headlamps with an integrated flashing system are standard equipment. Remote spot-light provisions are also included. Full wheel covers and heated outside mirrors are also available. Color choices include Phantom Black Metallic, Heron White, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, Hugo Blue Metallic, and Mystic Green Metallic.
With fuel conservation as a high priority, the 2015 Chevrolet Caprice utilizes fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology, electronically variable power steering, and E85 compatibility to get the most from every shift without compromising on performance. During the Michigan State Police’s annual benchmark police vehicle evaluation the Caprice, equipped with a 355-horsepower 6.0-liter engine, posted a higher top speed (155 mph) than any of the big three models tested. Additionally the 6.0-L engine, equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with sport shift calibrations for high-performance driving, delivered a best in class 0 to 60 time of under 6-seconds.
With all of the rigmarole over the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, many people missed the introduction of the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit. The Pursuit is a dedicated Charger line aimed at law enforcement and it is becoming one of the most popular units on the street. It is based on the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger sedan restyled with a confident “Superhero” stance. Up front is the familiar crosshair designed grille with redesigned Halo LED lighting elements that yield cleaner lines that a re more sleek and nimble. Changes to the hood, front fenders, front and rear fascias, head and tail lamps, and front doors, provide the new Pursuit with a more chiseled and lighter appearance.
The Pursuit’s new command center, with seven-inch full color multi-gauge instrument cluster, is part of a driver focused interior that uses high-tech innovation to remove the limitations from information presentation. Standard equipment includes a 5-inch touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity and next generation Uconnect 5.0 system.
Powered by a 370-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi, the Pursuit can dart from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6-seconds while earning 26 mpg average fuel efficiency ratings.
For many years the Ford Crown Victoria sedan led the pack among law enforcement vehicles. With the discontinuation of a full-size rear-wheel drive sedan, Ford has experienced quite a set back in law enforcement sedan sales. From where we are sitting it doesn’t seem to be hurting them and it is certainly helping both GM and Chrysler. Disappointingly, the next generation 2015 Ford Police Interceptor comes standard with a front-wheel drivetrain but an all-wheel drivetrain is available. Despite the fact that it is based on the Taurus body, which has proven itself well over an extended period of time, the handling capabilities of the front-wheel drive sedan are simply inferior to those of the rear-wheel drive car, especially at high speeds. This may be the reason that Ford has also opted to stay away from a V8 engine option for their dedicated law enforcement sedan. Offered instead are two V6 engines and a four-cylinder engine. Disappointing, indeed.