The Michigan State Police has released preliminary testing results for 15 cars and SUVs Detroit automakers will offer to law enforcement agencies for the 2016 model year, including a model tested for the first time.
The agency, which has been conducting annual police vehicle tests since 1974, re-tested returning models. In addition, the agency's Precision Driving Unit began testing of Ford's Special Service Police Interceptor that's powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder for improved fuel economy. The vehicle is not meant for pursuits.
Carryover models tested by the unit included the AWD 3.7L Ford Police Interceptor sedan; V-6 Chevrolet Caprice PPV; V-6 Charger Pursuit; FWD 3.5L Ford P.I. sedan; Chevrolet Impala Limited; AWD V-8 Charger Pursuit; AWD EcoBoost Ford P.I. sedan; V-8 Caprice PPV; AWD EcoBoost Ford P.I. Utility; V-8 Charger Pursuit; RWD Tahoe PPV; AWD 3.7L Ford P.I. Utility; V-6 Charger Pursuit; and 4WD Tahoe PPV.
The vehicles were evaluated in late September over several days during tests that measured high-speed performance (acceleration and top speed), braking, and driving dynamics. The unit also tested five police motorcycles.
The Chevrolet Caprice recorded a top speed of 155 mph that was the best for sedans powered by V-8 and turbocharged engines, while the AWD EcoBoost Ford P.I. sedan had the fastest time from 0-60 mph at 6.17 seconds. Among the V-6 sedans, the RWD V-6 Caprice reached the highest top speed of 146 mph, while the AWD 3.7L P.I. sedan was the quickest from 0-60 mph at 7.58 seconds.
In the utility category, the 5.3L RWD Tahoe reached a top speed of 137 mph, while the 3.5L Ecoboost AWD P.I. Utility was the fastest from 0-60 mph at 6.63 seconds.
In 60-0 mph brake testing, three Dodge Chargers set the standard by needing less than 126 feet to stop. The V-6 Charger with the 2.62 axle ratio stopped from 60-0 mph in 125.1 feet. It was followed by the V-6 Charger with the 3.08 axle ratio (125.6) and V-8 RWD Charger (125.8).
In driving dynamics testing, the Ford PI Sedan 3.5L Ecoboost AWD recorded the fastest 2-mile lap time at 1 minute, 35 seconds (1:35.66). In the utility category, the AWD turbo P.I. Utility led the way at 1 minute, 38 seconds (1:38.36).
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