Ford Debuts 375-HP Pursuit-Rated F-150 Police Responder

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The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pickup to be pursuit-rated, good for chases at sustained speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Ford has announced a new version of its best-selling F-150 pick-up truck, but won't be able to pick one up at your local dealership.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. The new F-150 will have upgraded brake calipers and pads, upgraded front stabilizer bar, steel wheels, skid plates and plenty of other goodies that can happily take a constant beating. Based on the "regular" FX4 model, the police-spec F-150 is powered by Ford's 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, putting out 375 horsepower and 470 lb. -ft. of torque. It's linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission and, of course, four-wheel drive for all the traction it needs.

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Indeed, Ford's upcoming Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pitches its gas-electric powertrain specifically as a way to avoid burning unnecessary fuel while the vehicle is idle.

Check out the very first pursuit-rated pickup truck designed for service duty in America.

The interior is upfit-ready and it features a column shifter, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring-easy for cleanup. The latter - and the fuel used while police vehicles sit stationary but with the engine turned on - has come under renewed focus in recent years, for both environmental and cost reasons. To support onboard electrical devices, there's a high-output 240-amp alternator, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters.

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The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018.

According to Ford's police brand marketing manager Stephen Tyler, "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".

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