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The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (colloquially referred to simply as the CVPI, P71 or '"Crown Vic"') is a four-door body on frame sedan that was manufactured by Ford from mid-1992 to 2011. It is the law enforcement version of the Ford Crown Victoria that could really take a beating due to its body-on-frame design, making it perfect for aggressive law enforcement vehicles. It could easily take multiple hits in a chase without stopping. It's This led to a long life in the hands of police, ranging from 1997 and into the early 2010s. The Crown Vic used the same 4.6 L 2V SOHC V8 as the standard Civilian Crown Victoria, but utilized a more aggressive engine tune, minimalistic interior for fitting police equipment, and had more aggressive suspension, less exhaust system restrictions using resonators, and high-rate coil springs, and rollbars. These same kinds of performance configurations can be seen in the LX Sport-equipped & Performance Package from Ford, with tweaks to help reduce weight. The Crown Vic Interceptor was a boat of a car, and was slow off the line in most Police Interceptor configurations, especially with added equipment and rear axle ratios meant for top speed. From 1993–2005, Ford utilized an aluminum metal matrix composite driveshaft for the Crown Victoria Interceptor to allow it to safely drive at speeds up to 150mph. With it's By 2006, Ford reverted back to a 3.55:1 rear axle ratio which helped limit the vehicle to a top speed of 120mph. This helped reduce the wear and tear on the driveshaft while also making it quicker off of the line, extending the life and functionality of the Crown Victoria Interceptor. The Crown Victoria Interceptor was the most widely used automobile in law enforcement operations in the United States and Canada, and still, one of the most recognizable police vehicles in the world. Many are still on the road and are used by cab companies when retired and even still in the police force. You may even be able to see it being used as a police vehicle in other countries to this day. The Interceptor was purchased to take the role in foreign police fleets as well as American fleets.
In April 2011, the Ford Motor Company stopped accepting new orders for the CVPI, instead offering a version of the Ford Taurus. Now the most common police vehicle you will see patrolling the average American road is the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, Chevy Tahoe "Special Service Vehicle" (SSV), and the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan to name a few. Still, the Crown Vic Interceptor lives on in the police force but in dwindling numbers.
On September 15, 2011, the final built Crown Victoria, a civilian model destined for Saudi Arabia, rolled off the assembly line at 12:30 PM, concluding assembly operations of the St. Thomas, Ontario, plant.