i'll chime in on this one. here are the facts. i own 5 mustang GT's
one with nitrous, 2 town cars with the tow package and just picked up a
police pursuit crown vic. even though the spec sheet says that they
have a speed cutoff at 130mph, i was told that this unit would bury the
speedometer of 140 mph and was good for 170mph. i didn't say anything
to the person that told me that, but highly question what they said to
myself. it was a western united states police pursuit. i do not drive
the high end speed, but i like the torque these cars deliver.
i also own a car lot for 10 years and have drive some pretty fast cars
of various makes, so when i picked up this police pursuit, i was curious
what the hub-bub was all about. i took it on a 1000 mile trip. it got
23 mpg at 80 mph and used no fluids. i pulled out from a rest area and
was doing about 35 mph. it had a semi pass me doing at least 75 and
realized that i better get my speed up or get ran over, so i did punch
it that time. at the time i punched it, our bumpers were even, but as
the car gained speed, i never fell back to the back wheels of the
tractor rig when the car matched his speed and pulled away from him.
got vehicle home, i have a two block hill i use as a guide line for
performance. like i said, i did not use speed because if it can perform
going up the hill, then it will definitely perform on the straight away.
here's the results of my test. i was doing approximately 15 mph, when i
floored it. it rapidly accelerated through first gear and caught
second. but here's the difference. it is a 4000 lb body - like the
towncar with a 4.6 when it caught second gear, it turned the car
sideways with the 16" tires spinning and it was on dry payment. no
loose dirt on roadway, oil spots, etc.
so, from my test to myself, i would have to say that the police pursuit
performs as good as the some of my mustang GT's enough so that i think
i'm going to stock a couple on the lot. you can have the performance,
but the insurance will be cheaper.
also, in 1999 and up, the crown vic came with 3.55 gears, which gives
them even better torque. the one i picked up was a 98 with 3.27's.
hope this information helps.
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