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Special Service Police Sedan is aimed detectives and administrators

The truth is not every law enforcement officer needs a vehicle that is pursuit rated. For some administrative types or detectives, what they really need is a vehicle that is fuel-efficient to help reduce fuel expenses for the department. All of Ford's past police vehicles were specifically pursuit rated, including its new batch of EcoBoost-powered interceptor vehicles.

Ford has announced that after requests from various law enforcement agencies it has created a new Special Service Police Sedan featuring a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that promises best-in-class fuel efficiency. Ford says that it specifically designed the vehicle to meet the needs of detectives, administrators, campus police, and law enforcement agencies looking for the best fuel efficiency possible.

Even though the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is a small engine, it still produces 240 hp and 270 pound-foot of torque. Ford says that in law enforcement trim the vehicle will be able to achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA highway ratings. The engine is mated with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The fuel savings potential is impressive for departments switching from the aging 4.6-liter V8 Crowd Victoria which is rated for only 17 MPG combined.

“Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager. “As agencies look to replace older, V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient cars, Ford is at the ready with the most fuel-efficient – yet still very capable – full-size police vehicle.”

Ford says that while being more fuel efficient, the new special service vehicle will have all the safety and durability features the Ford uses in its existing interceptor sedans.

Source: Ford

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By 91TTZ on 9/20/2013 10:28:56 AM , Rating: 3
Ford is claiming that the fuel economy increase is the result of their 2 liter turbocharged ecoboost engine. But if you've noticed lately, even larger non-turbocharged engines are getting big boosts in fuel economy. Much of it is due to direct injection and the higher compression ratio that it enables.

Remember when Ford said that their pickup truck was able to gain efficiency by switching from their big V8 to their smaller turbo V6? Well Chevy's truck stuck with the V8 and it gets better fuel economy than Ford's turbo V6.

I love turbos but they don't really help with fuel economy. The use of forced induction requires that you run a lower compression ratio than a naturally aspirated engine, and this lower compression ratio reduces efficiency. It's also a slight restriction in the exhaust stream.

If you compare a small turbocharged engine to a larger naturally aspirated engine that produces the same power you'll find that fuel economy is nearly identical, and may even favor the larger engine since it's able to cruise on the highway at a very low RPM.

By FITCamaro on 9/20/2013 11:27:59 AM , Rating: 3
It's also them spending tons of money to lighten everything they can and reduce all friction possible in things like the transmission. They're also moving to lighter and lighter weight oils which I worry will compromise longevity.

By Stiggalicious on 9/23/2013 11:54:57 AM , Rating: 2
Just curious, why will lighter weight oils hurt longevity?

By Stiggalicious on 9/23/2013 11:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
Turbocharged engines have a lower compression ratio upfront, but when you account for the boost pressure from the turbo (after intercooling), you have a much higher effective compression ratio. Add in direct injection, and you have an ultra-lean-burning, high compression ratio, high-power engine.

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