Better late than never.
After skipping last fall’s Michigan State Police law enforcement vehicle tests due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ford has had it’s 2021 F-150 Police Responder tested by the agency and has taken the top spot in key acceleration categories.
Ford released preliminary results from the benchmark test, confirmed by a police spokesman to Fox News Autos, that show the turbocharged V6-powered pickup can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and hit 100 mph in 13.1 seconds on its way to a 120 mph top speed.
The sprints were 1.2 and 3.7 seconds quicker than the last 2020 model tested and beat the second-place V8-powered rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger sedan’s marks of 5.91 seconds to 60 mph and 14.14 seconds to 100 mph.
Ford said the F-150’s improvement can be chalked up in part to an updated powertrain that saw a boost from 375 hp and 470 lb-ft to 400 hp and 500 lb-ft and a re-engineered all-wheel-drive system. The truck also cut 5.8 seconds off of its previous dynamic road course lap time of 1:48.8 to put it on par with the Explorer-based Ford Interceptor Utility SUV.
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The official results will be posted sometime this week, but the police spokesman said the F-150 was the only vehicle that had been retested during this round.
It’s possible that the F-150 Police Responder won’t hold the title very long, however. Ford recently unveiled the electric F-150 Lightning that goes on sale next year and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Ford hasn’t announced a law enforcement version of it yet, but currently offers a hybrid Explorer-based Interceptor Utility and a lot of departments are interested in going green as long as they can still catch the crooks.