2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD is America’s Fastest Police Car

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2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD is America’s Fastest Police Car

The new 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD has posted the fastest lap time at the Michigan State Police’s 2014 Vehicle Evaluation Test, making it the fastest police car in America.

Designed and engineered to be America’s high-performance all-season police vehicle, the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD as achieved a lap time of 1:33.85 at the annual Police Vehicle Evaluation at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan. The Charger Pursuit is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 370 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

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It’s not all about brute force under the hood though for the Dodge Charger Pursuit. It also features best-in-class stopping power going from 60 to 0 mph in less than 127 feet – quite a feat for a full-size sedan. Other changes to the 2014 model year include a revised rear bumper to further enhance the “pursuit” capability of the Charger when crossing highway medians and an upgraded fuel pump for added durability.

The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD will be made available to law enforcement customers in the spring of 2014.

“With the record-holding rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger Pursuit and now the fastest-ever recorded all-wheel drive model, Chrysler Group offers those who protect and serve us with the best pursuit-rated sedans in the business,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “And with the only test cars achieving lap times less than 1:34, Dodge Charger Pursuit highlights the segment’s best combination of world-class technology, acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics.”

GALLERY: 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD

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  • AGReader

    On what tires did the Dodge pursuit car perform so well? I’ve seen police cars with snow tires in July. Imagine how much the perform degrades!

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    snow tires= grip

  • batvette

    If you think a snow tire has more traction and stabiliy than a standard tire in dry july conditions you better stay outta the tire business. Snow tirea have a decreased contact patch due to the block nature of tread design . its meant to sink in and bite as well as shed snow and mud so there is less rubber on the pavement. In addition the deeper tread and wide gaps make for poor response and poor stability under side loading.
    In general everything that helps a tire(and the car too) in poor weather is going to hurt you when its dry. And vice versa. Ask anyone who owns a C4 Corvette or newer. Perfect 50/50 weight distribution and wide tires make for instant hydroplaning at just 50 mph.

  • Robert Wyatt Bogart

    The police shouldn’t have vehicles like this, they will just spread murder and mayhem on the public roads!

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    this is not the meaning of the charger pursuit. the awd will make it safer than what most currently drive…. the motor yes is powerful but meant more for durability… on top of that most stations are not buying the hemi but the v6 to get better economy to save taxpayers money while still getting vehicles that fill the police roll…..

  • krystalkid

    It’s still not faster then the radio…

  • batvette

    Yeah I’m sure taxpayers will just love the idea of police operating these 8 mpg hot rods with fancy 5 spoke wheels just to hand out revenue collecting citations. Most jurisdictions don’t even allow pursuits any more with the long history of innocent motorists being maimed or killed. To every law enforcement employee out there salivating over this piece of equipment: Buy one for yourself if you’ve gotta have it, and get your ego boost from helping someone, not chasing them down.
    (and thank you for a job well done if you’re doing it)

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    actually these are less money than the new fords…….. and do much better on fuel than the old crown Victorias…. these get 22mp city with a larger engine than the crown vic did at 17mpg city…….. with the v6 version many police are buying of this car the city mpg is as high as 27 mpg….. get it straight before you bash the tools that help keep you safe….

  • batvette

    Why are you offering mpg figures for a v6 and implying my facts are wrong when my post was about Americas AWD fastest police car? Never mind epa estimates have nothing to do with reality.

  • sickofit

    having driven a Dodge, Ford and Jeep over the last 20 years of full time Law Enforcement, i can say that teh Charger is the most comfortable and safe police vehicle i have driven. i spend 40-50 hours a week in a car responding to calls and protecting lives. try driving around for 50 hrs a week with 35lbs of gear on your waist and Body Armour that restricts movement and is uncomfortable. I know, bash the police, its the thing to doa nowadays. until there is so much bashing that no one want to be a cop, then who you gonna cal.

  • batvette

    Didn’t see anywhere in that post that you needed a 400+ HP car that does 3x the speed limit but hey if it gets you to that donut shop or KKK rally faster its all good eh? (Now that is cop bashing)
    And its “protecting lives and squeezing revenue out of the citizens” in some jurisdictions. Hopefully not yours. But hey government is after all a business if you have to balance the budget by additional taxes in the form of fines on scofflaws operating vehicles dangerously etc maybe thats a good idea. I just hate to see “traps” like one I saw last month… CHP cycle cop with a radar gun at the crest of a long steep hill on a wide clear freeway… taking advantage of motorists who wouldnt otherwise be speeding tendancy to linger on the
    throttle up the hill…and chasing them down barely doing 10 over. There are no accidents there.
    Revenue gathering no other explanation for that. Conversely city bike cops run a radar enforcement unit on a busy street with a lot of apt driveways where people speed through on the way to a nearby freeway. Lots of collisions there and its for public safety. Respect.

  • 36yearcop

    Mr. Lewis seems to think he knows a lot about police vehicles. Perhaps the Charger is better than some of the others, but the maintenance and repair costs for the Charger are astronomical. Many police vehicles are hit in the rear I guess people get blinded by those flashing lights). The price of the Charger taillight assembly alone would cover the cost of repairing the entire rear end of a FFrd PI or Chevy Impala.

  • 36yearcop

    Mr. Lewis is not accurate about the mileage of the Charger, but he obviously likes the car. It is better in some ways than the other police vehicles available. All have their strong and weak points. I recently read an article about a so-called “purpose built” police car being developed. There is a purpose built police car already available. It is called the Ford Police Interceptor. Yes, it is basically a Taurus, but the similarity stops just inside the body panels. The most important parts of the car, the engine and chassis, are police specific. The rear end alone is designed to absorb an 80 mph hit with no cabin intrusion. Unfortunately, the most common crash for a police vehicle is a rear end hit. I was stopped in a CVPI that was hit in the rear by a truck going 60 mph, and it destroyed the car. At least Ford had addressed the problem of the exploding gas tank, and I didn’t burn to death. The point is, if you’re going to take a rear end hit, you want to be in a Ford PI.
    A more important factor than mileage is maintenance and repairs. Mileage goes out the window when these vehicles idle so much. Maintenance and repairs are major budget items. This is where Ford and Chevy outperform Dodge. The price of a Charger taillight assembly alone will cover the repair all of the damage to the back of a Ford or Chevy.
    For agencies that like to drive fast and look cool, the Hemi Charger is great, as long as they don’t need to use them to do actual police work. Sorry, Mr. Lewis, but those are the facts gleaned from a lifetime of service.

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    here the charger (2015 rwd) got far better economy than both taurus models turbo and naturally aspirated.
    the tarus required more engine maintenance due to high rpm idling which also led to further fuel consumption, and general wear and tear, which is normal for all of fords “eco boost” engines….. and the turbos only seem to spool then pop requiring replacement constantly (every force i have seen chose the non trubo for that reason)

    the 5.7 hemi has proven easy and inexpensive to fix, naturally aspirated and fuel saver technology (shutting down 4 cyl at normal road speeds and costs less while idling) has boosted the economy, in hot areas the rwd is sufficient and cheaper to fix when issues arise.
    that cannot be said about the for fwd/awd or even dodges awd.

    many places are not bothering with awd versions for that reason

    the ford did address issues of hit vehicles by most police forces but most forces still do not trust a vehicle once hit especially a unibody like both the ford and charger, are simply taken off the streets and either repaired and sold or simply scrapped and replaced depending on condition,
    and sometimes salvaged for spare parts.

    once hit a unibody vehicles integrity is hard to maintain with constant use.

    “The most important parts of the car, the engine and chassis, are police specific.”

    yes and no, they are upgraded and reinforced standard chassis, made for further survieability, but with the uni construction the other parts only really help with salvage, of parts as spares.

    in the end in this year 2015, dodge has done the same further reinforcing their chassis (parts we already reinforced from standard in gen 1)

    really now that we have had 2 years with both on the market in full form, cost of maintenance is nearly identical as unibody often forces the car to be retired if hit at any speed over 80/km/h as it causes twisting damage to the chassis.

    the real differences now in cost are nearly identical after, the vehicle, standard maintenance and fuel consumption are taken into account.

    ford= cheaper car, higer fuel and basic maitnence costs.

    dodge= more expensive car, less fuel use, slightly lower maitnence due to lower idling rpm.

    both will generally be heavily damaged and written off if hit from front or side but survivability has improved in all vehicles. but chassis will not always take impact and still leave whole vehicle use-able.

    rear end damage is usually repairable on both up to 100 km/h before chassis damage is to extensive.

    in the end it depends on what the upper choose now……

    locally we have 2 using fords 2 using dodge….. with end costs nearly identical….. for both 2wd and 4wd versions……

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