Ford F-150 reports for police duty
Having launched police versions of its Taurus and Explorer, Ford has taken America's best selling truck and given it the police treatment, too. The F-150 Special Service Vehicle takes a regular Ford truck and strips it out to handle all the donuts and coffees America's police officers can throw at it. Oh, and we're sure it'll be able to deal with criminals, too.
Because of the extra on-board equipment police and government agencies need to run, the first change Ford has made to the F-150 is a 240 volt high-power alternator. There's also easy wash rear seats, just in case your nightly patrol turns messy and the vinyl needs to be hosed out.
By taking the center console out, Ford's engineers have freed up space for police equipment to be mounted without chewing up too much space. Also freeing up more space is the new rear seat design, which drops the middle seat to free up more space for the outside two seats.
Compared to the regular F-150, which can be ordered with everything from heated seats and SYNC Infotainment to a system that will help you hitch your trailer, it's positively spartan - but that's kind of the point. Also missing are the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and non EcoBoost V6 options.
The range-topping, hamburger with the lot with a 5.0-liter V8 and all-wheel drive can still be had, though. There is also a semi-skim 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor available, as well as two-wheel drive.