Dodge Charger Pursuit

These days, there are a ton of fast cars producing ridiculous amounts of horsepower and torque-rich trucks that can embarrass the local officers if the drivers so desired. If a thief decides to steal a BMW M3, would the police even stand a chance of catching up? The new Dodge police cruiser includes all of the amenities as the civilian Charger, but it is also packed with all of the right equipment for taking down the crooks.


Some of the updates that the civilian and police Chargers have in common include the lower, more streamlined grille and hood, a relocated C-pillar further back on the chassis, and the revised rear taillights including the “racetrack” feature. What the police get that the public does not is an added push bumper bush guard for protecting the grille during PIT maneuvers or even pushing disabled vehicles to safety. In standard police fashion, A-pillar spotlights adorn the driver and passenger sides, built-in Wig-Wag lights have been incorporated into the brand new LED daytime running lights. More police lights include a roof-mounted light bar, rear decklid-mounted emergency lights, and more Wig-Wag lights in the rear taillight assembly. Blacked out rims complete the police look and the custom livery wraps are available directly from Mopar.


Many of the updates that the new Charger received inside stayed in the police model. The most obvious difference from the civilian version is the all-business center console, giving the officers the ability to have access to all the information needed on the job. One main difference from the civilian version is the removal of the center-mounted gear selector and replacing it is a completely customizable unit that contains everything from radios and scanners, to controls for the radar system and sirens. Special seats feature cutouts in the side bolstering, making more room for the often-massive utility belts that all officers wear. The thick-grip steering wheel offers multiple remapped auxiliary buttons that can be configured to run whatever aftermarket police gear they want.


The 2015 Charger Pursuit has two available power plants, each with their own perks. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 is rated at 292 horsepower, producing 260 ft-lbs of torque. A 0-60 time is estimated at 7.5 seconds with the V6 and can accelerate up to 160 mph. The other option is a mighty 5.7L Hemi V8, making 370 horsepower and 390 ft-lb of torque. Both engines are backed by Chrysler’s trusted five-speed automatic transmissions. The 5.3L V8 can push the Charger Pursuit to 60 in just 6 seconds.


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