For when the police need to chase you off-road. Or confiscate your boat.
Ford is pursuit rating all the things lately; it even applied the cop-readiness moniker to a Fusion hybrid earlier this year. Now comes a far different pursuit machine, based on the 2018 F-150. In both cases, the term “pursuit rated” is better viewed as a measure of each machine’s ability to slide into typical patrol duty more than any notion of chasing down baddies at triple-digit speeds. Besides, this F-150 can only reach 100 mph. Need we list the number of modern cars capable of 101?
As such, Ford rightly has positioned its latest creation to appeal to rural cops, fish-and-game outfits, and the border patrol. The truck’s 375-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and four-wheel drive make it perfect for towing up to 7000 pounds of, say, nautical patrol vehicles or for crawling around off-road. Its rugged steel frame, underbody skid plates, and FX4 off-road suspension should give it pothole- and curb-jumping abilities similar to those of other “pursuit rated” vehicles.
Other cop-specific items include a vinyl-covered rear seat that’s easily, er, washed, as well as special cloth front seats with anti-stab plates to protect front-seat officers from back-seat attackers. The gauge cluster includes engine-hour and idle-hour meters, the shifter is on the steering column, and a 240-amp alternator helps power the numerous lights and electronics used in modern police cars. To aid the F-150’s stopping and turning abilities, Ford fits upgraded brake calipers and pads and a new front anti-roll bar.
Just a word of warning: If you see one of these towing a boat for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, don’t assume they can’t pull you over for speeding. Just trust us on that one.