Put to the Test: Michigan State Police Vehicle and Motorcycle Ratings


In pursuit of perfection and the next great innovation, automakers continue to increase the upgrade year after year when it comes to law enforcement patrol vehicles. During the annual vehicle and motorcycle evaluations of the Michigan State Police Precision Riding Unit at FCA Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, 11 patrol vehicles and 4 motorcycles were put to the test. This year, all eyes were on the Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Pilot Vehicle, which became the first all-electric vehicle to undergo rigorous testing.

Lieutenant Mike McCarthy, Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit Commander, spoke to OFFICER magazine about this year’s results. He is responsible for the MSP’s annual training program, training content, instructor programming, vehicle testing program and assisting in the management of the department’s fleet.

Switch to electric

While not technically a 2022 model, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which McCarthy was behind the wheel, turned many heads and made a good impression. “The car is very predictable. He manages very well. As you can see from the lap times, he played in the same zone as the Crown Vic years ago. There were no surprises behind the wheel. He didn’t do anything weird that a gasoline engine wouldn’t do.

McCarthy says the hardest thing to get used to was the change in sound, or rather the lack of it. “The hardest part of driving is not hearing an engine,” he says. “The noise levels are different. You expect to hear an engine as it accelerates, and you don’t. It’s just a little different and not necessarily in a bad way because for police work not having all that background noise will be much better for radio communications etc.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.03 seconds, which was faster than any of the other vehicles tested. It also reached a top speed of 124 mph. McCarthy noted that the time was done with a full charge of the battery.

“We’ve been talking about battery-electric vehicles for a few years with Ford, Dodge and GM,” says McCarthy. “We felt the vehicle should perform as well as an internal combustion engine vehicle, but we also fuel gasoline cars between races, so we felt it was fair that we allow the same amount of rest. to charge the battery-powered electric vehicle. . “

Model year 2022

For the most part, the 2022 model year for patrol vehicles won’t see much change. The Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango and Ford Police Interceptor Utility have not undergone any major changes from last year’s models.

“Overall it went really well. The results were pretty much what we expected. There was nothing that was a big flyer that we weren’t expecting, ”McCarthy says. “These are all kinds of carryovers from years past. “

The 5.3L RWD and 5.3L 4WD Chevrolet Tahoe hit 0-60 mph in 7.65 seconds and 7.95 seconds respectively, while top speeds for both models were respectively 130 mph and 124 mph. The 3.6L AWD and 5.7L RWD Dodge Charger hit 0-60 mph in 7.17 seconds and 6.15 seconds respectively, while the top speed for both models was 140 mph. The Dodge Durango 3.6L AWD and 5.7L AWD went from 0-60 mph in 8.16 seconds and 6.79 seconds respectively, while top speeds for both models were 127 mph and 130, respectively. mph. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD, Utility 3.0L EcoBoost AWD and Utility 3.3L AWD reached 0-60 mph in 7.25, 5.45 and 7.79 seconds respectively, while the top speed for all three models was 136, 148 and 136 mph respectively.

Among the motorcycles tested, the BMW R 1250 RT-P went from 0-60 mph in 4.17 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph; the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Police Model (FLHTP) and the Road King Police Model (FLHP) went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.56 seconds and 5.30 seconds respectively with a top speed of 110 mph for the of them ; and the Yamaha FJR1300P Police Bike went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.45 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph.

Add a microphone to the mix

While the 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder was tested by Michigan State Police in March as an add-on to last year’s testing, it was the first time it joined other vehicles. . Overall, the pickup held up compared to the SUVs we tested.

“If you look at their time during the dynamics tests, you will find that their time is right there with the Tahoe and everything in between for the time,” says McCarthy. “If you look at the fact that the truck works with the Tahoe and the hybrid utility and it’s not that far from the V6 loader days. For all of these things, it’s a balance of power and stability of control, braking, handling and overall vehicle control. In this environment, it does as well as SUVs.

The Ford F-150 Police Responder 3.5L EcoBoost went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.79 seconds and reached a top speed of 120 mph.

To view full test results, visit Officer.com/21248393


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