• Aug 16, 2006
New York City police commish Ray Kelly showed off a pair of brand new Dodge Charger police cars to the press yesterday in the Big Apple. NYPD ordered 15 Chargers for testing -- 10 HEMIs and 5 V6s, according to Allpar.com -- and indicated that the city would likely order hundereds more to add to its existing fleet of 3,000 police vehicles.

The Charger, despite its 340hp V8, gets better gas mileage than the city's less-powerful Crown Vics. It's also significantly faster, running to 60 in 6.5 sec and topping out at 150mph. Perps thinking they can outrun the cops at 2 in the morning on the FDR are going to find they've miscalculated badly.

Easily the toughest-looking cop car on the market , and by far the coolest since the Special Service Mustang, the only issue I have with the NYPD's new Charger is the white livery. NYPD switched to white several years ago because it's cheaper, but these bad boys would have looked A-OK in the old-school blue.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is this news? Lots of PDs are using them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      XiozTzu, cops don't only chase people. The reason Crown Vics and Chargers are the cop cars of choice is because they are a lot stronger than something like a Mazda 3.

      A cop car has to endure ramming, blocking, hopping curbs, NY potholes, etc. Mazda 3s are great cars for civilians, but they wouldn't last a week on NYPD duty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome... glad to see them finally getting some police sales.

      http://www.chargerforums.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Perps thinking they can outrun the cops at 2 in the morning on the FDR are going to find they've miscalculated badly."

      West Side Highway (a.k.a. Henry Hudson) is a much better place for for those runs, north of 80th Street... north of G.W. Bridge the roads gets a little twisty, but is nice and wide... and almost always dead empty at 2AM. ;)

      I miss NYC...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "First of all...that's not fast...just faster than the crown vics which is really not hard to do. I would smoke that car with my souped up turbo saab. Secondly, it'll brake down before it gets to 110."

      Posted at 8:49AM on Aug 16th 2006 by BoZs13 0 stars

      SAAB and reliability? You have GOT to be kidding!! (Forbes 7/30/06)

      Forbes' least reliable luxury vehicle list, five did based on data from J.D. Power and Associates and Consumer Reports. The vehicles are:

      Land Rover LR3 SUV
      Land Rover Range Rover SUV
      Lincoln Navigator SUV
      Saab 9-3
      Volkswagen Touareg SUV
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cops shouldn't be having high speed chases in cities"


      Paul, you're a fool, police use speed for things other than chases.... like getting to your home before the burglary becomes homicide.


      "This articale really just sounds like a paid advertisement for Chrysler, a company that is dying a slow death in the marketplace because they are unable to keep pace with foreign competition."

      Paul, Chrysler is a foreign company.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THE GAS YOU MAY SAVE WILL BE HARD PRESSED TO OFF-SET THE COST OF SPEED RATED 18 INCH TIRES! BEFORE YOU GO BUY A FEW YOU MIGHT CHECK INTO TIRE REPLACEMENT COSTS...
      KEITH
      • 8 Years Ago
      I HAVE READ ALOT OF COMMENTS THAT ARE NOT IN FAVOR OF THE CHARGER BEING USED AS A COP CAR. THE CAR IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS COME ALONG IN YEARS. SINCE 1980 AUTO MAKERS HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CARS. FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CARS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY IT TAKES TO TURN THEM INTO SCRAP METAL. IT'S ABOUT TIME THE CAR MAKERS GOT SMART AND WENT BACK TO REAR WHEEL DRIVE. I REMEMBER BACK WHEN THE DODGE WAS THE FAVORITE CAR OF ALL THE COPS. THEY WERE FAST AND POWERFUL AND THERE WASNT ALOT OUT THERE THAT COULD OUT RUN THEM SHORT OF A CORVETTE. AND I AM ALSO GLAD TO SEE DODGE GETTING BACK INTO THE COP CAR MARKET. NOW FORD WILL HAVE TO START GIVING BETTER DEALS IF THEY WANT TO KEEP SELLING CARS TO THE LOCAL POLICE DEPTS. AS FOR THE LOOKS OF THE CAR, WHO CARES WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE. WHEN THE COPS ARE GOING AFTER SOMEONE, I DONT THINK THE CROOKS ARE GOING TO CARE TO MUCH ABOUT WHAT THE CAR LOOKS LIKE WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO OUT RUN THE COPS. NOW IF ONLY GENERAL MOTORS WOULD GO BACK TO MAKING REAR WHEEL DRIVE CARS AGAIN, THEN ALL WOULD BE GREAT. WAY TO GO DODGE.
      Angel Izquierdo
      • 8 Years Ago
      I dont think police need to have so fast car ,because all chase are bad and allways somebody die .I have A toyota supra 1994 625 hp to the wheels but I allways stop when police stop me .And I know the cant cash me because my car is way mush faster tha any police car charger and z28.O to 60 in 4.1 sec top speed of 172.
      mustang bwoy kev
      • 8 Years Ago
      aw man the dodge chargers in the nyc police force. well well well. ive seen alot of these puppies on the roads chasing down mean "turbo civics" and gettin smoked @ the nassau expressway (close by jfk). those chargers are jokes. they look cool but the takeoff is slow and the top speed sux. if u can get left by a turbo civic, then u dont need 2 b on the road. my mustang left a hemi charger cop car when they first came on the scene. woo. better luc catching a non turbo honda guys. and a nice way of wasting MY TAX DOLLARS!!!
      dave
      • 8 Years Ago
      and my rc51 is faster than most choppers top speed of 198 mph, that will get your bolld going
      • 8 Years Ago
      # 3 you need to add an O to the end of your name... make it bozo.. thats what you seem to be
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