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Car and Driver: Police Truck: Ford Debuts 2016 F-150 Special Service Vehicle


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In an era of McMansions that incidentally feature transfer cases, some of us still pine for the days when trucks were trucks. Work vehicles meant for work, stripped of any nonessential gimcrackery, still hold a dear place in our hearts. So color us pleased with the Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle’s reason for being: work. Road work, police work, construction work, worked workers working to the finest of work songs, it matters not. The SSV is here to get down to dirty business.


Designed for government and fleet customers, the SSV’s chief attribute is its big honkin’ 240-amp alternator, perfect for running a plethora of lights, some radios, a computin’ machine or two, and even an old Realistic cassette player to spin your old G. Gordon Liddy books on tape.


2016 Ford F-150 Police Interceptor


In the interest of continued cleanliness, vinyl flooring replaces the XL trim level’s carpet, so as to not hold onto any more lingering stank than is strictly necessary. The standard 40/20/40 seats delete the middle 20 percent to allow more space for custom equipment.


In the powertrain department, fleets, firefighters, forest rangers, and fuzz can choose from the 5.0-liter V-8 or the 3.5 EcoBoost V-6, driving either two or four wheels. Either the SuperCab or the more spacious SuperCrew cabs are available, depending on your people-/perp-hauling needs. Regrettably, a German Shepherd like the one in the press photos is not included.




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