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2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder Is Faster Than Its Predecessor

The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder was revealed back in March, touting a host of upgrades over the outgoing model, including an improved 120 mile-per-hour top speed and automatic four-wheel-drive mode with a torque-on-demand transfer case. Equipped with Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, which produces 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, it’s also the most powerful pursuit-rated police vehicle on the market. Thus, it’s no surprise that it’s also quicker than its predecessor.

The Michigan State Police recently completed this year’s testing of all available pursuit-rated vehicles, and the 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder performed admirably, accelerating from 0-60 miles-per-hour in just 5.8 seconds versus 6.6 seconds for the previous model, according to Car and Driver. The pickup reached its top speed of 120 miles-per-hour in just over a half-mile, while its predecessor only managed to top out at 105 miles-per-hour.

Much of this improvement likely comes from recalibrated tuning for the truck’s 10-speed automatic transmission, but that isn’t the only upgrade present in the newest F-150 Police Interceptor. The truck also rides on specially developed Goodyear LT265/70R18 LRC BSW Wrangler Enforcer all-terrain tires – the only all-terrain tires available on a pursuit-rated police vehicle – which are uniquely designed to handle rapid acceleration, high speeds, and aggressive cornering on paved roads. The tires can also endure tremendous amounts of heat without sacrificing off-road capability.

Meanwhile, the truck’s new torque-on-demand transfer case ­­includes 4-Auto mode with an electrically actuated clutch that automatically adjusts torque as needed for easy terrain transition and high-speed cornering. Finally, the F-150 Police Responder comes equipped with Ford’s FX4 Off-Road Package for extra capability off the pavement courtesy of its underbody skid plates, off-road-tuned shocks, electronic-locking rear axle, and Hill Descent Control.

We’ll have more on the 2021 F-150 Police Responder soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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