Ford F-150 becomes the first pursuit-rated pickup truck for police

2018 F-150 Police Responder Is The Latest Pursuit Rated Ford

Ford says that the truck was built specifically for the demands of law enforcement. It's packed with power, durability, and enough upgrades to handle just about any type of terrain, and it's like no other police auto you've ever seen - because it's not a vehicle at all.

Ford's F-150 may be the US' best selling vehicle, but now the pickup has been drafted into police service. The final product boasts a V6 engine, which might sound fairly weak for a high-powered highway machine, but that modest mill is equipped with not one, but two turbochargers. It's connected to the company's new 10-speed automatic and a four-wheel-drive system with a two-stage transfer case.

Inside, the cabin has the most front and rear shoulder and hip room, and rear legroom, of a pursuit-rated police vehicle too.

Ford has been extremely rude lately developing a new generation of police pursuit vehicles, and now it's introduced the F-150 Police Responder.

A police pickup truck?

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

Providing the highest horsepower and greatest torque of any pursuit-rated police vehicle, the engine generates 375 horsepower and a muscular 470 lb. -ft. of torque.

"Ford's 2018 F-150 police responder is the ideal all-terrain law enforcement vehicle", Stephen Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager, said.

The truck is based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, with a 145-inch wheelbase sitting on a high-strength steel frame. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

Tyler continued, "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". There's also a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Skid plates are also installed on the underbody to shield from curbs, parking blocks and rough terrain.

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