Most will be equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the California Highway Patrol has ordered more than 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicles.

Set to replace an assortment of older sedans and SUVs, the Charger Pursuit was selected after a competitive bidding process which examined an assortment of different vehicles based on price, performance, and payload capacity.  The Charger Pursuit came out on top as the California Department of General Services determined it meet all the requirements needed for the California Highway Patrol which is the largest state police agency in the nation.

A majority of the Charger Pursuit sedans will be equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine which produces 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.  It enables the model to return an EPA estimated 26 miles per gallon highway which is a big improvement over the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

A "small number" of Charger Pursuits were ordered with the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine which develops 370 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.  These models will be used by training instructors at CHP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Sacramento as the vehicles can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than seconds.

The order will be fulfilled over the course of the next two years and a majority of the deliveries are slated to occur in 2017.

Source: Dodge

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