New Ford Police Interceptor Will Be Taurus-Based

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
new ford police interceptor will be taurus based

When Ford announced that it would be building an “all-new” Police Interceptor model, speculation was rampant. At the time, we noted:

GM went to Australia for their police-duty RWD platform, might Ford do the same with a Falcon-based interceptor? Or is this the prelude to Panther 2.0? Or, as common sense seems to dictate, is the Interceptor “all new” simply because there’s just never been an Interceptor based on this Taurus before? If Ford is really engineering a dedicated fleet vehicle for US production with no civilian counterpart, they’re as crazy as GM is.

Against all odds, common sense won out (damn you Alan Mulally!). The Detroit News reports that the new Interceptor will debut tomorrow, and that it will be based on the Taurus’ D3 platform. Which gives us less than 24 hours to speculate about which engines will be turning which wheels, and whether Ford and Chevy’s FWD-RWD cop car flip-flop will favor one automaker or the other. Oh yes, and mourn the eventual passing of the Panther platform, now that there’s no hope of a police duty-inspired update. Actually, some of us might need to take our time with that last one…

UPDATE: Bonus police-duty Taurus gallery!

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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Mar 12, 2010

    I was once told by a retired cop....NEVER, EVER buy a used cop car. Period.

  • PeriSoft PeriSoft on Mar 12, 2010

    A couple of months ago, I had the misfortune to hit a deer in my '95 Mercury Mystique (since replaced with a Saab 9-5). I live off a lonnng driveway, down a fairly steep lane with a curve at the bottom; it's nigh on impossible to plow. Blizzaks keep my cars zinging up and down sans problems even with 7" of snow or wet ice. At any rate, I clobbered this poor deer, called the cops. "Is there $1000 worth of damage?" "I don't think it's possible to damage this car that much." They said to head home and they'd take care of the hapless ruminant. So, off I go - this is about 11pm. 2am I get a call: A cop wants to come ask me some questions. OK, sure. It's a dispatcher lady; I head over to the front door, and I'm saying, "You should tell him not to come down; he'll never get back up the driveway. I'll go up to meet -" and down comes the Crown Vic through 5" of snow. Long story short, 20 minutes later he's got the Vic stuck solid. He was hanging out in my driveway until about 4am, I guess. In the morning there were a lot of really thick tire tracks wiggling around the lane up the hill. Seems like the tow truck had a bit of a job getting out of there too.

    • Wsn Wsn on Mar 12, 2010

      The lesson is: they should have bought Outbacks for PI.

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  • Wjtinfwb When my kids turned 16 and got their Operators, we spent $400 to send both (twins) to 2 driving schools. One held by the local Sherriff was pretty basic but a good starter on car control and dealing with police officers as they ran the school. Then they went to a full day class in N Atlanta on a racetrack, with the cars supplied by BMW. They learned evasive maneuvers, high speed braking, skid control on a wet skid pad and generally built a lot of confidence behind the wheel. Feeling better about their skills, we looked for cars. My son was adamant he wanted a manual, Halleluiah! Looking at used Civics and Golf's and concerned about reliability and safety, I got discouraged. Then noticed an AutoTrader adv. for a new leftover '16 Ford Focus ST six-speed. 25k MSRP advertised for $17,500. $2500 above my self-imposed limit. I went to look, a brand new car, 16 miles on it, black with just the sunroof. 3 year warranty and ABS, Airbags. One drive and the torquey turbo 2.0 convinced me and I bought it on the spot. 7 years and 66k miles later it still serves my son well with zero issues. My daughter was set on a Subaru, I easily found a year old Crosstrek with all the safety gear and only 3k miles. 21k but gave my wife and I lots of peace of mind. She still wheels the Subaru, loves it and it too has provided 7 years and 58k miles of low cost motoring. Buy what fits your budget but keep in mind total cost over the long haul and the peace of mind a reliable and safe car provides. Your kids are worth it.
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  • Wjtinfwb Happy you're loving your Z4. Variety is the spice of life and an off-beat car like the Z4 intrigues me as well. More than anything, your article and pictures have me lusting for the dashboards of a decade ago. Big, round analog gauges. Knobs and buttons to dial up the A/C, Heat or Volume. Not a television screen in sight. Need to back up? Use the mirrors or look over your shoulder. If your Z4 had the six-speed manual, it would be about perfect. Today's electronified BMW's leave me ice cold, as do the new Mercedes and Audi's with their video game interiors. Even a lowly GTI cannot escape the glowing LED dashboard. I'm not a total luddite, Bluetooth streaming for the radio would be nice and I'd agree the cooled seats would be a bonus on a warm day with the top down. But the Atari dashboard is just a bridge too far for me.
  • Craiger Honestly I was incredibly disappointed by the lack of steering feel. I dropped off my 530 at the dealer in New Jersey and picked up the Z. Driving all of my familiar roads I was just shocked at how much info wasn't coming through the wheel. Because of that I was never able to push the Z like I did the 530.