Using the heavily-updated Charger unveiled in April, Dodge has “infused” the muscle car with pursuit and safety technology, Mopar upgrade packages and plenty of police-specific features.
Aside from the customary red and blue lights, the Pursuit features a black nudge bar, black 18-inch steel wheels and search lights mounted to the A pillars.
Power comes from Chrysler’s 275kW 5.7 litre HEMI V8, driving either the rear or all four wheels with a 0-100km/h time of under six seconds.
For the police force with an eye on its vehicles’ green credentials, the Pursuit comes with cylinder-deactivation which shuts down four of the eight cylinders when possible to save fuel.
There’s also a V6 option, producing 218kW and capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel.
Dodge says the Charger’s front styling gives it a “superhero stance”, with a forward-sloping “crosshair” grille, LED turn signals and Daytime Running Lights.
Inside, the Charger gets a seven-inch colour multi-view instrument cluster with more than 100 customising features, a five-inch touchscreen and the Uconnect telephony system.
After seeking advice from US law-enforcement agencies, Dodge’s Police Advisory Board added “police-duty” front seats (capable of accommodating an officer’s belt with accessories), a column-shifter for the automatic transmission and steering wheel-mounted controls for police equipment.
Other police goodies include a larger brake package with redesigned front cooling ducts, an upgraded wiring harness for the extra lights and an internal fan to cool boot-mounted electrical equipment.
"Dodge has a strong police car heritage, and we are proud to offer a vehicle armed with modern muscle and cutting-edge technology to help law enforcement agencies perform their duties," Dodge’s Tim Kuniskis said.
Like the ‘regular’ Dodge Charger, the Pursuit special will only be produced in left-hand-drive so don’t expect to see it parked beside highways in Australia anytime soon.
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