- The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD V8 has established new performance records for police vehicles in its class, according to Chrysler.
- The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit was tested by the Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway, where it set records for best lap time and average lap time.
- Dodge has built the Charger Pursuit since 2006, but the addition of AWD gives it an edge over the competition, the company says.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Evaluation by the Michigan State Police shows the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD has established class-leading performance on the test track, according to Chrysler.
The Dodge police cruiser, with it 5.7-liter Hemi V8 putting out 370 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, steams from zero-60 mph in less than six seconds. During official testing at Michigan's Grattan Raceway, the Charger set a lap record for police vehicles in its class, 1:33.85, and a best average lap record for the class at 1:34.75.
When the police favorite Ford Crown Victoria went out of production in September of 2011, the field was open for other manufacturers to fill the void. Dodge, which had made V6 and V8 Pursuit versions of the Charger since 2006, made its presence known with its Hemi-powered RWD police cruiser. That model quickly bested other contenders in head-to-head testing for all-out performance.
Dodged has now upped the ante with the introduction of the Pursuit AWD for the 2014 model year.
The AWD option gives the Charger Pursuit an edge over Chevy's Caprice PPV, which is only available as a rear-driver, and also makes the Dodge more competitive with Ford's AWD Taurus Police Interceptor Sedan.
Special equipment on the Charger Pursuit includes high-performance brakes, beefed-up suspension and cooling system, heavy-duty fuel pump, revised rear fascia and exhaust outlets for increased ground clearance and Secure Park, which prevents an idling police car from being driven without the key fob in the vehicle.
Also included, of course, are mounting points for the electronics necessary for law-enforcement duty, along with an upgraded electrical system to handle the extra load.
Edmunds says: Dodge has set the bar high for competing manufacturers of police cruisers.