Safe, Secure and Fast: The Dodge Charger Pursuit
Ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a police cruiser and put the pedal to the metal? We don’t recommend it, unless you are a police officer because you will wind up in jail, but we can tell you a little bit about what it is like behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger Pursuit, an official law enforcement vehicle made by Dodge.
The Dodge Charger Pursuit is available in three configurations.The base configuration has an aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Pentastar engine is compatible with E85 fuel and it has a fuel economy of 26 mpg on the highway, so that means officers can make less frequent stops to fill up.
There is also an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers best-in-class acceleration and best-in-class 370 horsepower. When equipped with the V8 engine, the Charger Pursuit is available with two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (AWD). The Charger Pursuit AWD models have the segment’s most technologically advanced AWD system with a segment-exclusive active transfer case, it offers all-weather traction and it has a front-axle-disconnect system that helps improve fuel economy.
With the exception of the logos and graphics on the side of police vehicles, the Dodge Charger Pursuit looks relatively similar to a regular Dodge Charger, but it’s exterior is actually much different, even if you can’t actually see the changes. All Charger Pursuit models have Mopar-installed NIJ Level III+ ballistic door panels for driver and passenger doors. This rating means that the doors will protect officers from bullets being shot from high-powered rifles, like a US military designation M80.
The Charger Pursuit also has top-of-the-line parts including a performance-tuned suspension that help make the car agile when moving at high speeds. The Charger Pursuit is also equipped with load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, 14.5-inch front and 13.8-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package, front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and a two-mode electronic stability control (ESC)
The most notable interior difference between the Charger Pursuit and the Charger is that divide between the front and back seats– you know, that place you never, ever want to unwillingly be. There is also a very large 12.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen that is hooked up to Uconnect 12.1 This system is not only secure but it is extremely hi-tech. Uconnect 12.1 is not available on any civilian vehicles sold in the U.S. and it truly turns the vehicle into a mobile command center where law enforcement can safely communicate with other officers and the dispatch center.
Not only is this system much more technologically advanced than other systems, it is built-into the dashboard so it does not get in the way of the front airbags, which was a problem on previous law enforcement vehicles. Also, the Charger Pursuit is also equipped with excellent lighting inside and out and is fitted with various types of cameras.
No matter the police vehicle you might work in, we hope everyone is safe out there! We’re very thankful for all of the law enforcement officers who get into their police vehicles to protect Americans across the nation every single day!!
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