We must admit that we are very much fascinated with Dodge, and after our article about the Challenger we couldn’t resist writing about the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit in police form. Dodge’s police cars still keep the look of the civilian version while inside and out you can see all of the added customizations that are appropriate for police use. The pictures of the Dodge Charger show the vehicle in its full police force glory.
Police departments in the new year can select from the same 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 available as a civilian version turning out 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and the latter packing 370 ponies and 390 lb-ft.
Even loaded down with equipment, Dodge claims the Hemi-powered 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit cop car can hit 60 miles per hour in under six seconds, while both engines are expected return 26 miles per gallon on the highway (thanks to the V8’s four-cylinder mode). Rear-wheel drive is standard with both engines, while V8 Pursuits can be fitted with all-wheel drive.
Dodge being a supplier for the police forces around the US, worked on complaints by some police departments about the front suspension components. The main problem was its durability and longevity which Dodge needed to increase.
It wouldn’t be a full customization if the engines aren’t tweaked as well. The first thing that’s upgraded is the torque which is now 5 more pound-feet more from the V8 and this means different power peaks for both. A police exclusive is the new three-spoke thick rim sport steering wheel. Its larger and comes with illuminated and programmable buttons for auxiliary equipment.
The 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars like the civilian models also have UConnect 5, equipped with hands-free phone connections, and the standard 7-inch color customizable instrument gauge cluster. The system in the car is also developed with the Dodge Police Advisory Board. The 2015 Charger Pursuit’s new systems interface module is constructed for easy equipment integration. This also includes police-duty front seats with bolstering that allows belt-mounted gear, and a column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick to free up space for center-console mounted controls.
While the 14.5-in. front and 13.8-in. rear pursuit-rated brake package is now standard, the fuel economy has also been increased. Electric steering increases reliability and efficiency, with no fluid to maintain and front suspension bushing durability has increased in RWD cars. The Vehicle System Integration Model now has input/output for radio mute, vehicle speed, and reverse and drive positions.
The 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit unlike the civilian version that has an all-eight-speed transmission only comes with five-speed automatic lineup. Ex-law-officers believe this is because the company has not yet decided to invest in a column shifter for the eight speed. On the other hand Dodge officials claim that the plain reason police departments prefer the five speed is because officers are accustomed to it. More gears might just mean more training and in state capitol of course means more money. The performance compared to the V6 is mostly different between the two, but the difference is a bit smaller when it comes to the 370-horsepower V8.