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.