After nearly 25 years in production, production of the venerable Panther platform will come to an end. This means that many municipalities who rely on the Crown Victoria for police work will have to soon find an alternative. Ford hopes they will turn to the Taurus Interceptor, first previewed with a 2010 Taurus snout. Ford later announced though that the Taurus Police Interceptor will actually wear the upgraded sheet metal of the 2013 Taurus that we first saw at the New York Auto Show.
Now we’ve got the first spy pictures, via Autoblog, of what the 2013 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor will look like. Let me tell you, we don’t want to see this bad boy in our rearview mirror any time soon.
We really like the looks of the 2013 Ford Taurus, which has matured and gained a more aggressive stance, especially the SHO version. The biggest changes were to the headlights and front fascia, and Ford takes those changes even further on the Police Interceptor, which has a huge front grille, to better hold all those flashing lights and loud sirens. The taillights have also been worked over, again to accept the trademark flashing lights of police forces across the country.
What we really, really liked though, are the black steel wheels on the white body. It looks pretty damn good if you ask use, and with up to 365 horsepower on tap from the EcoBoost V6 engine, it’ll be hard to lose this Taurus in a high speed chase, though many municipalities many opt for the more fuel efficient naturally aspirated V6 or 2.0 liter EcoBoost four-pot. We still wouldn’t want to take our chances though. Pay attention next time you see a new Taurus creeping through traffic; he might be after you.