2002 Crown Victoria Police
to Use 4.6L DOHC
19 October 1999
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends. " - Martin Luther King Jr.
Florida Highway Patrol Crown
Ford's Crown Victoria will get
another style change for 2002 - but unlike the Impala and Malibu, the
Crown Victoria will keep its rear wheel drive chassis.
Aside from the Crown Victoria's
desirable styling, I can't even imagine many Police agencies would even
want a front wheel drive vehicle, unless it's some small town or village.
Sure some towns use the Chevy Lumina or Ford Taurus as Police vehicles,
but just jump one hard curb and you might run over the engine with the
real wheels when it falls out. Serious Police departments need a rear
wheel drive vehicle with plenty of dependable power. The Crown Victoria is
currently the only product capable of delivering those needs. The Crown
Victoria has proven to be the only effective automobile suitable for the
daily rigors required for Police and Special Service vehicle applications
The hard statistics speak for
the Crown Victoria Police Package: 49.6% of all Crown Victoria's sold are
Police package equipped. The Crown Victoria alone commands between 80-90%
of the law enforcement's vehicle market share. Very impressive
Florida Deputy Mark Hamilton isn't a big fan of the
Crown Victoria - he can't fit into one due to his size. So he drives the
next best thing, a Ford Expedition.
Aside from the reported
transmission failures, the only problem Police officers have with the
Crown Victoria is a lack of power. While increased power in a Police
vehicle might seem a little TOO trivial - just consider what a difference
a few seconds can mean when waiting for the Police to arrive. While time
is money to the average citizen, time is a precious commodity for every
officer responding to a call.
I can't begin to count how many
Police officers have asked "When is Ford going to upgrade the Crown Vic's
engine with more power or drop the 5.4L in?" That must be on every Police
officer's wish list.
Well after years of Police
officers asking, demanding and even some begging (very little), Ford has
heard you! Ford will put some more pep into the Crown Victoria. You can
skip the 2001 model year Police Crown Vic though, it will continue to use
the same 200 horsepower 4.6L SOHC V8.
According to Ford's internal
documents, the 2002 Police Crown Victoria will get a big power boost - but
it won't come from the 5.4L V8. The 5.4L Police Crown Victoria is still a
dream for now. The problem is that the 5.4L is selling so well in Ford's
truck line that it's outstripping Ford's ability to produce an adequate
supply of them. And we all know how lucrative the truck market is for
automakers = high profits. There is also some possible concern that a 5.4L
Crown Victoria would hurt Ford's C.A.F.E. rating costing them more in
fines then making the car would actually be worth. Of course Ford could
follow Daimler's lead and just pass the "guzzler" tax onto the window
sticker - but some cities might baulk at forking extra tax payer's dollars
if that ever happened.
What will Ford do for the
Protectors of the Peace and their demand for more power? Drop in a 4.6L
DOHC V8 instead of the current 4.6L SOHC version.
Florida Highway Patrol Ford Mustang. Troop
Ford internal documents show
that the "EN114" 2002 Crown Victoria will definitely use the 4.6L quad cam
Police package and not the 5.4L V8. The engine assignment code is "J25PX"
and Ford has already appropriated $106 (000) into their 1999 budget for
the development process. We expect the 4.6L DOHC Police engine to produce
somewhere between 225-230 horsepower. That's 25-30 horsepower more than
the current Crown Vic's 200 horsepower.
Another potential improvement
that the 2002 Crown Victoria might receive that will make fleet operators
happy is a better fuel economy rating. More power - less fuel consumption,
what a novel idea.
With Ford's increased power in
the 2002 Crown Victoria, Police officers can catch more bad guys in a much
more powerful way - but in the same style.