Ford Mustang GT Becomes Last Muscle Car for Police Fleets

Ford's 2024 Mustang GT is becoming the top choice for police fleets seeking high-performance muscle cars, with agencies in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina adding it to their lineups. Sales of the 2024 Mustang GT are up 13% to 8,154 units through April, driven by its powerful V8 engine and rapid acceleration.

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Ford Mustang GT Becomes Last Muscle Car for Police Fleets

Ford Mustang GT Becomes Last Muscle Car for Police Fleets

As other automakers phase out big V8 engines, Ford's 2024 Mustang GT has emerged as the last high-performance muscle car available for police fleets. Law enforcement agencies in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are adding the Mustang GT to their lineups, seeking its powerful V8 engine and rapid acceleration for high-speed pursuits. Sales of the 2024 Mustang GT are up 13% to 8,154 units through April.

Why this matters: The shift towards high-performance vehicles in police fleets reflects the growing need for law enforcement to keep pace with increasingly powerful civilian vehicles on the road. This trend has implications for public safety and the ongoing debate around speed limits and traffic enforcement.

The Mustang GT boasts impressive performance specs, clocking 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 155 mph. It can also complete a quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at 117 mph. While the base price starts at $43,555 including destination fees, government agencies typically negotiate discounts for bulk purchases.

The Georgia State Patrol has ordered 15 Mustangs to supplement their existing fleet of Dodge Chargers, Challengers, and Camaros. Major David Bryant noted, "The Mustang has a faster 0-60 time and a higher top speed than the other patrol vehicles in our fleet." He added, "Everything is getting faster. Vehicles we try to stop every day are getting faster, from a Kia to a Mercedes. This is a way for us to keep up with the changes in the vehicle market."

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol plans to deploy the Mustang GT in areas with documented speeding problems. Troopers will receive special training on the powerful vehicle. Lieutenant Zeb Stroup emphasized, "Speed enforcement is critical to reducing fatal collisions."

Ford's U.S. sales analyst Erich Merkle expects to see more Mustang GT sales as competitors have ceded this segment of the market. Andrew Simmons, Ford's government sales manager, underscored the importance of car performance and engineering for law enforcement, stating, "Car performance and engineering are important to law enforcement agencies, and acceleration is really key to doing the job."

With its powerful V8 engine and rapid acceleration, the Ford Mustang GT has become the top choice for police fleets seeking high-performance muscle cars. As law enforcement agencies in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina add the Mustang GT to their lineups, Ford expects sales to continue rising in this unique market segment.

Key Takeaways

  • Ford's 2024 Mustang GT is the last high-performance muscle car for police fleets.
  • Law enforcement agencies in GA, NC, and SC are adding the Mustang GT for high-speed pursuits.
  • Mustang GT sales are up 13% to 8,154 units through April.
  • The car's 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
  • Police fleets need high-performance vehicles to keep pace with increasingly powerful civilian cars.