A bold Ford Mustang wearing Police livery has been shown at a big UK Police car trade show – and rather than being a stunt, several forces are said to already be considering adding the Mustang to their Police car fleet.
The 5.0-litre Mustang GT V8 Police car was shown this week at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM) trade show for ‘blue light’ vehicles, after earlier being spotted en route to the show on social media.
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Some dismissed it as an attention-grabbing promotional car but a Ford spokesman told Motoring Research this is not the case: a rather less OTT black Mustang V8 (also at the NAPFM show) is already undergoing assessment with British Police forces and several are believed to be considering adding it to their fleet.
The reasons why are entirely logical too: at £34,995, the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang GT offers a huge amount of performance for the money – important when it’s the public purse financing its purchase.
With 412hp from its monster engine, the V8 Mustang does 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and has a great 387lb ft slug of torque to guarantee quick response in cut-and-thrust high-speed Police driving.
Forces would possibly investigate getting the 155mph speed limiter removed too, just in case…
“Most forces already run Ford vehicles, so the support network is there and in-use backup will be simple to call upon – which isn’t always the case for high-performance vehicles,” added the Ford spokesman. The Ford is also likely to be much cheaper to maintain than many similarly potent machines, while solid engineering should be dependable in heavy-duty Police use.
However, he did reveal the white show car is indeed just an attention-grabbing static car, rather than one set to be used by forces: “It’s a pre-production car, so we’ll probably have to crush it at some point – it can’t be driven on the road.
“We are, however, investigating whether there’s any possibility of us keeping it purely as a showcase model – we really think it would be a shame to scrap it…”