Ford Motor Co. will now offer its government and fleet customers — including law enforcement and roadside assistance providers — a package for the 2016 F-150 that offers more torque and a high-output alternator to power more electronic devices and extend idle times.
"Many (police) officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers," says Stephen Tyler, police marketing manager for Ford. "They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside."
The F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers fleet customers the option of a 4×4 or 4×2 drivetrain, along with the 5-liter V8 or high-torque 3.5-liter engine. The package also replaces carpeting with easy-to-clean vinyl flooring. The rear seat is swapped out for a vinyl bench.
A high-output 240-amplifier alternator replaces the stock unit, and the center section of the vehicle is removed to create more space for customization.
For law enforcement uses, Ford also offers special edition Expeditions, sedans, and Transits, among others.
"Our lineup aims to fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement officers, and our F-150 Special Service Vehicle is an extension of that offering," says Arie Groeneveld, chief program engineer for police vehicles at Ford.
Last week, the automaker opened up applications for the Ford GT high-performance supercar, which will have a starting price around $450,000. Production is limited to 250 vehicles per year.