The new 2012 Dodge Charger V-6 and V-8 models have set new levels of performance at the annual police vehicle evaluation tests of the Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich., earlier this week. The vehicle models, which are developed to become high-performance police cars in America, have achieved the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.70), among other achievements during the evaluations.
Peter Grady, who is vice president of network development and fleet at Chrysler Group LLC, commented that the fastest-ever lap time achievement reflects the mission of the Dodge Charger Pursuit Team to provide law enforcement officials with the absolute best combination of tactical equipment and vehicle performance.
He further stated that what's more impressive is that the four Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team drivers achieved their fastest average times in the Charger Pursuit, boosting driver confidence provided when world-class dynamics, handling, braking and acceleration are combined.
On top of the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 model's 370 horsepower and first-rate performance and precision, the 292 horsepower Charger Pursuit V-6 models held their own around Grattan Raceway, achieving a fastest time average for E-85 capable(1:37.57) and naturally aspirated (1:37.71) six-cylinder police vehicles. Moreover, rapid acceleration is critical to quickly catch up to target vehicles.
The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 leads the police sedan segment with the fastest 0-to-60 to 0-to-100 mph times. Specifically, it can achieve acceleration figures of 0-to-60 mph (5.83 sec), 0-to-70 mph (7.38 sec), 0-to-80 mph (9.18 sec), 0-to-90 mph (11.43 sec), and 0-to-100 mph (13.65 sec).
Under the hood of the Dodge Charger Pursuit is the new Pentastar 3.6-liter E-85 capable V6 engine fitted with variable-valve timing. There is also the option to have the HEMI 5.7-liter V8 engine that comes with the fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System. With this type of power, the Dodge Charger Pursuit makes sure that the heroes who protect the people have the best in security and safety. Thus there are air bags for the passenger in the front and a multi-stage one for the driver.
Side-thorax air bags have been mounted on the seat and this is enhanced by the side-curtain air bags for both the front and the rear. A driver’s knee bag is equipped as well and there’s even a tire pressure monitoring system. These are just a few of the features in the Dodge Charger Pursuit. This model was designed with the help of the Police Advisory Board and this is why it includes a mobile-command interior that comes with a Police Interface Module to allow for easy integration of the equipment.
Among many others, it also comes with the police-duty front seats and the white-red LED interior light combination for the night-vision equipment. Its automatic transmission has an Auto Stick and mounted to the column. The Dodge Charger Pursuit even has various features that make it, as the name says, pursuit ready.
These include the police-specific two-mode Electronic Stability Control calibration, steel wheels fitted with 18-inch performance tires, stabilizer bars in the front and rear, anti-lock heavy-duty vented disc brakes, and the suspension tuned for performance.
To make sure that the Dodge Charger Pursuit is able to deliver excellent performance handling dynamics and world-class ride, the multi-link suspension geometry from the front and rear have been redesigned with a focus on a rear-wheel drive design.
It is therefore able to give law enforcement officers a more comfortable and smoother ride as they spend long days inside to serve the citizens. Orders for the 201 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be accepted starting September 2010 and may be made via the fleet operations of Chrysler Group LLC.