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Ford's new pursuit-rated F-150 gives police access to 400 horsepower, off-road capability

The new full-size Ford truck Forhas yielded a fresh take on the pursuit-rated version of the F-150.

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The new 2021 Ford F-150 has brought about a new version of Ford's pursuit-rated 2021 F-150 Police Responder. The truck is specifically made for police officers and the demanding tasks required by their jobs.

The fresh Police Responder takes the best aspects the F-150 and the Ford Police Interceptor Utility (its pursuit-rated take on the Explorer) and combines them into a compelling package.

"Law enforcement agencies told us they would love to add F-150 Police Responder towing, hauling, and off-road performance to their fleets, but they need more confidence in speed and handling," said Greg Ebel, Ford police vehicle brand manager. "Whether suburban police departments, border patrol agents or rural sheriffs, officers never know where the job might take them, but the all-new F-150 Police Responder provides a pickup truck option engineered to get them there faster and with greater agility than ever before."

2022 Ford F-150 Police Responder The F-150 Police Responder is available with pre-installed warning beacons.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

2022 Ford F-150 Police Responder

Each 2021 F-150 Police Responder starts life as a 2021 F-150 SuperCrew truck. That body style allows the truck to deliver more passenger volume than any other pursuit-rated vehicle.

The F-150's strong architecture makes the truck capable of towing up to 11,200 pounds (a 7,000-pound capacity is standard). An available Trailer Tow Package adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Checking the options box for the Tow Technology Package adds a 360-degree camera, Trailer Reverse Guidance, and integrated Trailer Brake Controller. Smart Trailer Tow Connector is standard on Class IV hitch-equipped vehicles and adds Trailer Coverage to the available blind spot monitoring system.

Ford has given the truck a standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with Ford's smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Both the engine and transmission have been calibrated specifically for police needs. The truck has a top speed of 120 mph.

A number of drivetrain modes are available.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

LED police warning beacons are available pre-installed in red and blue, amber, or amber and white.

Police Engine Idle technology, currently available in the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, will also be made available in the F-150. It allows the officer to remove the key from the ignition and ecurely exit the truck with the engine running. Officers can continue to power lights and sirens without worry of vehicle theft.

Up to four traditional fleet keys per truck or up to four available fobs with keyless entry will be available per truck.

The truck's torque-on-demand transfer care includes a 4-Auto mode and allows the truck to run on two-wheel drive for fuel savings then automatically switch to four-wheel drive when conditions require. The F-150 FX4 Off-Road Package adds to the off-road prowess giving the truck skid plates, off- road-tuned shocks, electronic-locking rear axle, and hill descent control.

A center console delete option allows agencies to customize their trucks.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The rig rides on Goodyear LT265/70R18 LRC BSW Wrangler Enforcer all-terrain tires. They're the only all-terrain tires available on a pursuit-rated vehicle.

The interior of the truck is optimized for officers. It features more interior passenger volume and more head, hip and shoulder room than any other pursuit-rated offering. Front seat bolsters are sized to make it easier for an officer wearing a duty belt to enter or exit the vehicle.

The darker-colored interior, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth front seats, was influenced by officer input. It features built-in steel intrusion plates in both front seatbacks for officer safety, as well as red-and-white task lighting.

The truck's infotainment system runs on SYNC 4 with cloud connectivity. The standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen in the center stack features an embedded modem that allows for over-the-air updates. This tech makes officers able to conduct their own in-vehicle software updates while on-the-go or parked.

The interior of the Police Responder is dark, fulfilling the wishes of officers Ford worked with to create the design.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

A four-inch productivity screen in the instrument cluster is standard on the model.

Like the Ford eTransit, the automaker is offering the Ford Police Responder with the Ford Telematics system. The intelligent fleet management tool is designed to help improve uptime, optimize running costs, enable predictive planning of unscheduled maintenance and improve driver behavior over time.

The truck can be outfitted with many safety and driver assist technologies that the traditional F-150 has including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, which includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are available.

Upfitting the vehicle is made easy with a front console-delete, universal top tray on the instrument panel and rear power lug. The 40-blank-40 front seat configuration lets agencies install their own department-specific center console. A new factory-installed center console is available as part of the Interior Upgrade Package, as is a new Interior Work Surface that provides an adjustable flat surface for writing or computer work.

The new F-150 Police Responder is assembled at Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, and arrives in fleets later this fall.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

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Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a smile maker.

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If you're not rich enough to have an automaker completely craft you a one-off from scratch, the next best thing is to take full advantage of the company's vehicle customization options. There's usually a special devision that takes care of this. At Aston Martin, it's Q. Bentley has Mulliner and Porsche offers up their Manufaktur department.

Lambroghini's Ad Personam customization program offers five key areas where customers can make the vehicle they order unique. Specialists assist customers at every step of the process, taking into consideration their demands as craftspeople create the vehicle that's ordered.

The choice of 348 unique colors.

Lamborghini Ad Personam paint colors

Lamborghinis are offered in a wide variety of colors.

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Though not every color is available in every region of the world, there are 348 total options offered to customers. Americans tend to be the most demanding, requesting 20 percent of the custom colors that Ad Personam offers up, followed by customers in Asia Pacifica and EMEA region.

Take the car to the next level with diamond dust paint.

All that glitters isn't always gold. Sometimes it's diamonds. Ad Personam offers Lamborghinis with a new transparent paint that includes micro crystals in the form of diamond dust. This dust undergoes a unique processing technique and is applied to the bodywork of the supercar, giving it an iridescent sheen that changes color according to reflections of the light at that moment.

Add a unique work of art.

Lamborghini's talented upholstery department has seen it all. In addition to the typical orders, they're able to take special requests for unique decorations and embroidery, from the seat logo, hand-stitched rather than hot-embossed, to the initials embroidered inside the passenger compartment.

Some of the most creative options requested by buyers include creating branches and peach blossoms, portraits of the customer or their beloved pet, designs in street art style with the bull, and "splash-effect" color (like in the Aventador S by Skyler Grey), to images of the skyline of their favorite city.

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