2018 F-150 Police Responder Can Pursue Perps Off Road
Ford equips new version of F-150 with mechanical and interior upgrades to make it the world’s first police pursuit-rated pickup truck.
Crime knows no boundaries. It can take place anywhere. Whether it takes place on roads or off of them, the 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder is ready to help officers stop it.
Designed to assist sheriff’s departments in rural areas, border patrol agents, and the Department of Natural Resources, the Ford F-150 Police Responder is based on an F-150 SuperCrew with the FX4 suspension. A set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires get it over challenging terrain; underbody skid plates protect it from outdoor and inner-city hazards. Engineers recalibrated the brake system for police duty by upgrading the calipers and the friction material in the brake pads. They also enhanced the front stabilizer bar to improve the F-150 Police Responder’s stopping and handling.
Engineers recalibrated the brake system for police duty by upgrading
the calipers and the friction material in the brake pads.
Under the hood, there’s a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic helps translate those numbers into forward motion, which tops out at 100 mph. According to Ford, “A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters.” Thanks to its healthy engine output and class IV hitch, the F-150 Police Responder can pull up to 7,000 pounds.
The F-150 Police Responder’s upfit-ready cabin is as all-business as its exterior. The shifter is on the column. Both front seats (the center seat was removed to free up room for equipment) are covered in heavy-duty cloth, which conceals anti-stab plates to protect officers in the front row. The back row of seats and rear flooring is made out of easy-to-clean vinyl.
Thanks to its healthy engine output and class IV hitch,
the F-150 Police Responder can pull up to 7,000 pounds.
Look for the 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder on streets and trails near you starting this fall. Just make sure that when you see it that its lights aren’t flashing at you in your rearview mirror.