Monday, December 21, 2009

Connecticut State Police Mazda MX-6

I'm kinda surprised that these cops have mustaches.

(Update: I noticed the guys at just linked this page, so here are a couple more bonus pics!)

Back in the late 80s/early 90s, I read about the Connecticut State Police using Mazda MX-6s as patrol cars. I never found a picture of one, until now.

At least 30 Mazda MX-6s of different colors were used by the state police. They replaced 5.0 Mustangs and Buick Grand Nationals for speed enforcement duty. The cops wanted a car that:
  • had a high performance engine,
  • could handle bad weather (had to be front wheel drive),
  • had a trunk that was big enough to carry the requisite gear,
  • got good gas mileage,
  • did not cost much more than a Crown Vic, and
  • had a low profile.
The Mazda's near twin, the Ford Probe, was not chosen because it was too low for the taller troopers and its long doors (four inches longer than the Mazda's) made them a hazard on freeway shoulders when opened.

The only significant modification for police duty was a stronger alternator. They had automatic transmissions, ABS, and topped out at 120 miles per hour. Acceleration was more of an asset than top speed for chasing baddies because the state is so small, congested, and because the next trooper is just a few miles ahead.

Source: Feb. 1990 Popular Mechanics article by Mike Allen.


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Anonymous said...

Awesome! Looks exactly like my old gray MX6 GT. Really makes me miss that old, fun, unique ride. Oddly enough, I also lived in New England and bought my GT from a retired state trooper. Makes me wonder if it saw any high speed chases in Connecticut. ;)

kashgar216 said...

Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I think the MX6 is the ultimate sleeper highway patrol car. I remember reading about it a long time ago and thanks to the internet, I found more info on it.