Inspired by the famed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, Ford has created a strikingly sinister one-off -- at least for the moment -- version of its upcoming Police Interceptor sedan. On display this week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Ford Stealth Police Interceptor Concept swaps conventional cop livery for a low-profile undercover look that can't help but strike fear into the hearts and minds of perps everywhere.
Created by Ford designer Melvin Betancourt, the black-on-black-on-black motif of this ebony enforcer gets complemented by a one-inch drop in ride height and unique 22-inch staggered-offset alloy wheels that create the illusion of even greater width. Betancourt did opt to make one concession to exterior brightwork: "The center of the wheel is glossy black, and the rim is chrome. So we have that racy, hot rod look, but at the same time we're building a sinister, stealthy, 'Don't mess with me' feeling." The only other obvious point of color is found in the car's bright-red brake calipers. To complete the bad-boy look, all of the supplemental "enforcement" lighting on the Ford Stealth Police Interceptor Concept has been carefully integrated and surrounded in black. In addition to its more aggressive mesh-type grille insert, smoked tail lamp lenses and blackout windows, the Interceptor Concept sports a tasteful rear spoiler fitted with bead-type red and blue mini-lamps. While Ford has not indicated plans to build a production version of the Stealth Police Interceptor, don't be surprised to see a good bit of its basic look turn up in a dedicated detective-spec variation on the standard Police Interceptor theme.