Ford F-150 Police Responder is Pursuit-Rated

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

The truck is called the F-150 Police Responder and it is the first pursuit rated truck in the industry.

Its core is the F-150 FX4 off-road model sold to consumers, but from there Ford makes some significant changes.

The Blue Oval controls 63 percent of the US police market, and has sold vehicles to law enforcement since 1920 when the Model T was used to catch bad guys.

Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, the F-150 is capable of speeds up to 100 miles per hour, while also having four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance.

Underbody skid plates protect the truck from kerbs and rough terrain. If you're wondering how a truck with a 145-inch wheelbase will weave in and out of traffic or if you're curious about the need for a police vehicle to have 7,000 pounds of towing capacity, chances are pretty good you won't see one of these bad boys patrolling your neighborhood anytime soon.

Inside, the F-150 Police Responder eschews the truck's typical gear lever for a column shifter. It is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system which enables the truck to hit speeds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Meanwhile, the rear bench and flooring are covered in vinyl for easy clean-ups of unmentionable messes. The tyres are all-terrain items and there's a 240-amp alternator included to power on-board electronics.

Recently, some police departments have pulled Ford Explorer-based police vehicles from service because of concerns over carbon monoxide leaks.

Brake, wheel and tire upgrades further toughen the F-150 for police work. Still, it's for very different purposes.

"Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff's departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources", Ford's police brand marketing manager said.

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