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Connecticut State Police Mazda MX-6

Jim Yu July 16, 2012 Cars You Should Know 19 Comments

Back in the late 1980s, the state police in Connecticut was looking into a replacement for its Mustang 5.0 and Buick Grand National (!) speed enforcers.  The 5-0 wanted a car with a high performance engine, front wheel drive (for bad weather), a relatively large trunk, good gas mileage, and a low profile. And, oh, it had to be cheaper than a Crown Victoria.

They came up with the Mazda MX-6.  About 30 of them, in various colors, were used.  All appeared to be unmarked.  The Mazda’s fraternal twin, the Ford Probe, was not used because it was too low for taller troopers and its doors were too long (four inches longer than the Mazda’s), making them a hazard whenever they were opened on the side of the road during traffic stops.

The cars were fitted with a stronger alternator.  They had automatic transmissions, ABS, and reached a maximum speed of 120 mph.  Acceleration was more important than top speed because the state is so small and congested and because the next trooper is just a few miles ahead.

Images source: Connecticut State Police

  • boostedlegowgn

    Yes! I had an '88 one of these as my first car. A few hacks and it ran low 14s with very crappy tires.

    • A red '88 was my first car too! I loved the lines but it was constantly in the shop and met an untimely demise. I've looked at them more recently as a project, but the memories proved more enchanting than reality.

  • Devin

    So I see Connecticut had implemented the Mustache Bonus way back in the '80s. And here I thought that was only implemented in India.

    • discontinuuity

      All of the firefighters I've known rocked the 'stache, but strangely none of the cops.

  • What's with the goofy hats? Drill Sergeant meets Old Guy In A Buick.

  • MVEilenstein

    Love these cars. Great story.

  • Number_Six

    I had a 5.0 notchback like the one in the pic above and Conn and Mass stormtroopers seemed to enjoy picking me out of a pack of traffic. My license was suspended in both states for pretty much ever. I never saw those Mazdas, though.

  • I see the start of a series. Cop Cars that aren't Crown Vics, Impalas/Caprices, or Dodge/Plymouths.

    • The CHP experimented with Camrys and Volvos.

      • More about Connecticut's Grand Nationals. The Georgia HP T-Bird and BMW. Camaros, Mustangs, Chargers, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Citation, NJ State Police Pontiac GTO. There are a bunch.

    • Number_Six

      There's a jurisdiction near here that has two Yamaha R-1 sportbikes.

      • I've seen cops in L.A. on Kawasaki's new Concourse 14 sport touring bike.

    • Maymar

      <img src="http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/6374_587188109388_7422317_n.jpg&quot; width=500 /img>
      I don't remember if it had the four or six, but I'm not sure it matters for what they'd need it for.

      Toronto PD has also had stuff like Cavaliers, Focuses, and Smarts done up in their livery, but that doesn't exactly count since they're for parking enforcement. The PD in my home town had a couple XJ Cherokees too, although I know there was a factory police package for those.

  • schigleymischke

    They had 929's as well, didn't they? I remember Automobile or Autoweek running a blurb about one of the New England states buying 929's as cruisers.

  • CJinSD

    "The 5-0 wanted a car" '

    The 5-0 association with the police came from an old TV show called "Hawaii 5-0". It was called that simply because Hawaii was the 50th state of the USA. Cops in other jurisdictions are not really 5-0. Worse is that some twit on a forum once argued at length that cops are called 5-0 because of their use of 5.0 liter* Ford Mustang LXs. I suppose I'm still sensitive about it.

  • franjoe

    In Europe the car is known as 626 Coupe GT. The GT model had a 2.0-liter FE-DOHC engine that produced 148 (non-cat) or 140 hp (cat).

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