Ford Crown Victoria Police Pkg Models and Crown Victoria Police Pkg History
A tough, rear-wheel drive sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria gained respect with members of the law enforcement community. A 1993 redesign for the Crown Victoria made the vehicle an even more prominent part of policing. Created to handle the rigors of extreme driving conditions, a Police Package version of the showroom Crown Victoria was prepped with strengthened components such as an aluminum metal matrix composite driveshaft, heavy-duty engine cooling system and a stiffer suspension setup. Heavily redesigned for 1998, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Package (quickly rebranded as the Police Interceptor) was given a more authoritative appearance with a larger grille and bigger headlamps.
An improved suspension and standard four-wheel disc brakes were added to the Crown Victoria Police Package vehicle for 1998 providing swifter, more capable handling characteristics. A 215-horsepower, single overhead cam 4.6-liter Modular V-8 engine linked to a four-speed automatic transmission provided trustworthy performance for the 1998 Crown Victoria Police Package. The V-8 powerplant was also offered as a natural gas-burning engine but resulted in a power reduction to 178 horsepower. In addition to the regular police duty version of the car, the 1998 model year also provided a Street Appearance Package for undercover or stealth patrol use. Reinforced seats and space for needed police equipment such as mobile data terminal are found inside the Ford Crown Victoria Police Package.
For the 2001 model year, output from the 4.6-liter V-8 engine was increased to 235 horsepower Known simply as the Ford Police Interceptor from 2002 to 2011, the Crown Victoria based sedan was eventually replaced by a Ford Taurus based model.