Many of us were around in the glory days of the original Ford Mustang Police Interceptor – the Fox Body Special Service Package (SSP). Feared by criminals and admired by many a youth, these beefed up Mustangs quickly developed a reputation for their ability to run down fugitives from justice. These days, a handful of departments have a Ford Mustang in their fleet, though not a lot. But it looks like it’s going to grow by at least one, as Australian police are reportedly working on a top secret new project, according to Motoring.
The NSW Police Highway Patrol last had a Ford Mustang Police Interceptor in its fleet back in 2016, so the unit is no stranger to the S550 platform. That particular model, however, suffered from transmission overheating problems in the sauna-like conditions Down Under. To combat this, Motoring reports that the 2020 Ford Mustang Interceptor, under development at Herrod Performance, will be fitted with a modified radiator and extra cooling for the transmission and differential. Herrod, of course, are the designers and builders of the wicked Mustang R-Spec.
At least one of the cars under development will apparently be a two-seater, a configuration chosen for practical purposes, rather than to make the Mustang some sort of fancy sports car. As it turns out, removing the back seat makes room for Ford’s police pack. These new models will join the 1,000+ police vehicles already on duty in Australia, which are comprised of everything from the Kia Stinger to the Chrysler 300 SRT. No pictures of NSW’s upcoming police interceptors are available at this time.
None of those cars, however, pack V8 power. In fact, the 2020 Ford Mustang Police Interceptor will be the first pursuit-rated V8-powered Aussie patrol car since the Ford Falcon XR8. So it seems only appropriate that another Blue Oval will grab that prestigious baton and run with it. Instead of sticking with manual transmissions this time around, however, all of the new interceptors will come equipped with Ford’s excellent new 10-speed automatic.
As of right now, both Ford and Herrod Performance are remaining tight-lipped on this project, and it’s unknown when Aussie police forces will get their chance to test one out. But it looks like it won’t be long before an entirely new generation of youth will get to put a new Ford Mustang Police Interceptor poster on their bedroom walls, or see one in their rearview mirrors.