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Ford Debuts First Pursuit-Rated F-150 With A Raptor-Based EcoBoost V6

Just in case you needed another reason to have an anxiety attack.

If there’s any automaker that best associates itself with our boys in blue, it’d be the Blue Oval itself. Color similarities aside, Ford has one of the most comprehensive lineups of vehicles designed solely for police use, ranging from the Taurus-based Interceptor we all know and fear to the pursuit-rated and Explorer-based Interceptor Utility. Equally as cool and capable are the Special Service Expedition and F-150, but unfortunately these don’t come with Ford’s signature “Pursuit Rated” seal of approval.

Until now. Coming soon to your rearview mirror is the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, a black and blue truck with a light bar and more than enough grunt to catch speeders and stop them with its intimidating mass. While it's best suited for rural areas with more dirt than tarmac, the off-road tires are rated for pursuit performance at speeds up to 100 mph, 18-inch alloys rolling closer to the targets courtesy of a detuned version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 from the F-150 Raptor. In the pursuit truck it makes 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, 75 ponies less than the Raptor but 20 lb-ft of torque more. That’s routed to the wheels via Ford’s Raptor-proven 10-speed automatic.

If the 145-inch wheelbase is telling of anything, it’s that the Responder will come only in SuperCrew configuration, giving five plentiful amounts of cabin space in which to sit. Stopping that sort of hardware at high rates of speed is an issue, so Ford fitted it with a police calibrated brake system with updated calipers and pad material as well as an upgraded front-stabilizer bar. The cabin, also the office space of our men and women in blue, is all business. Heavy duty cloth seats and anti-stab plates keep rear seat rowdies from committing further crimes while the vinyl flooring makes for easy cleanup. To keep all the high-output police gear juiced, an onboard 240-amp alternator is included. Speeders, check your six.

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