Dodge Charger Pursuit: Officers Set To Drive Powerful And Advanced Patrol Car
Updated October 2, 2013
High-speed police chases often draw a lot of attention with live TV coverage from the local news copters. But the live drama may be wrapped up a lot sooner if the engineers at Dodge have anything to say about it. The Dodge Charger Pursuit is based on the same Charger platform available at your Dodge, Mission TX dealer. But it’s enhanced from the lug nuts up for use by police departments. The 2013 Pursuit includes new options that make it the meanest—and safest—road enforcement vehicle in today’s police fleet.
Getting to an emergency at lights-and-siren speeds can be hazardous duty in heavy weather. The rear-wheel drive Pursuit has already broken records on the Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation Test Track. Now the Chrysler group has announced that the 2013 Pursuit will include an optional all-wheel drive (AWD) package. This offers a major advantage to officers who contend not only with miscreants on foot and wheels, but also hard-core road conditions.
The Pursuit’s AWD package is advertised as the most sophisticated all-wheel system available in the cop cruiser class. It features a front-axle disconnect that instantly morphs from the fuel-saving performance and high-speed handling of a rear-wheel cruiser to the all-weather traction and safety of all-wheel drive.
The AWD has the backing of a 5.7 liter V-8 Hemi to demonstrate to any doubters that it means business. This 370 horsepower powerplant turns in six-second, 0 to 60 performance and still delivers 25 miles per gallon on the highway. Also available is an aluminum V-6 Pentastar engine that turns in 292 horsepower and offers flex-fuel capability and 26 mpg highway economy.
Inside, the Dodge Pursuit is a mobile command center with workplace ergonomics plus all the techno-flexibility needed to adapt to the diverse requirements of local law enforcement. Chrysler’s engineers worked in concert with members of the company’s Police Advisory Board to build-in features like the Vehicle Systems Interface Module that quickly integrates a variety of technology. The interior build differs from the civilian Charger you can check out today down at the Dodge, Mission TX showroom. The special police-duty front seats are designed for comfort in a long work shift. As for the no-frills rear bench seat—well, if you end up back there you probably have bigger things to worry about than lumbar support, anyway.
Ballistic door panels on the driver and passenger side are an example of equipment on the Pursuit that’s definitely not standard on the civilian Charger. But it speaks to the dangerous realities of the job. The new Charger Pursuit gets the men and women who get that job done to the scene more swiftly and safely than ever before.
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