Trucks are as American as apple pie and baseball. Take a look around the employee parking lot of your local police station and odds are you’ll see quite a few pickups. Ford has unveiled a 375-horsepower, four-wheel-drive crew cab that they are claiming is the first pickup ‘pursuit-rated’ up to 100 miles an hour. Pursuit-rated means that a vehicle can maintain that speed for a long period of time.
The F-150 Police Responder uses the same Ecoboost V-6 engine as Ford police vehicle versions of the Taurus sedan and Explorer SUV and was specifically developed for agencies like sheriff’s departments, the U.S. Border Patrol and the fish and game authorities.
Capable of handling rough terrain, the F-150 Police Responder gives officers a spacious vehicle and delivers more horsepower and torque than the 6-liter V-8 Chevrolet police pursuit vehicle or the Hemi V-8-powered Dodge Charger Pursuit police car. It includes vinyl rear seats and can accommodate and an optional divider allowing for the transportation of prisoners. The passenger compartment can also be configured for K-9 units.
Optional upgrades include skid plates, a high-output 240-amp alternator to power computers, lights, sirens and other extra devices.