Ford Police Cars
1998 to 2011
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The 1998 Ford Crown Victoria Police Package was introduced in early 1998, a few months after the 1998 retail car had been released. The car received all new sheetmetal, but still was based on the 1992-1997 Crown Victoria. For 1998 the Police Crown Victoria added a much improved rear suspension,  new larger 4 wheel disc brakes, new 16 inch wheels, an improved speed sensitive steering system, and all speed traction control. The carryover 4.6 liter SOHC V-8 was given an extra 5 hp, now rated at 215 hp. For 1999 the speed sensitive steering was removed due to police officer complaints about the unpredictability of the steering assist. New for 1999 was a badge of the back of the car that read "Police Interceptor" instead of "Crown Victoria". The car would now be refered to by Ford as "Ford Police Interceptor". The 1999 Police Package (and taxi package too)  received a new black plastic grill and black body trim. However, a street appearance package was available to make the police package car look more like the retail car, with chrome grill and trim, and Crown Victoria badges instead of Police Interceptor badges. The 2000 model was basically a carryover of the 99 model. For 2001 the Police Package Ford (and Taxi package) received a new mesh style black grill. Engine performance was slightly increased also for the Police Package Ford. For 2006 the dashboard has been updated with a new tachometer and speedometer, and new 17 wheels on the police package Crown Victoria. 2011 was the last year for the Crown Victoira Police Interceptor. It was replaced by the all new, front drive, Ford Taurus Police Interceptor.

The original design for the 1998 Crown Victoria called for a slightly different grill than what the car received. See photos below.

prototype 1998 Ford

prototype 1998 Ford

1998 Ford Police Package Crown Victoria
Quarter mile time 16.9 sec
0 to 100 time 27.59 sec
Top Speed 130 MPH