• Nov 20, 2009
Dodge Challenger R/T Police Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

We like police cars. Seriously. Just not when they're filling our rearview mirrors, blue-and-reds ablaze. Then, our fanboy status diminishes markedly. In the meantime, however, we get pretty jazzed when a department does something a little different and cool. This week's example comes from the Broward County Sheriff's office, which appears to have added a fully-marked Dodge Challenger R/T to its fleet. Decked out in the BSO's familiar green-and-white livery, the muscular Mopar looks like it means business, ready to take down speeders and bust up meth labs with aplomb. We totally want to see it in person the next time we're down in South Florida -- just under our own, friendly terms. Thanks for the tip, Lee!



[Source: Law Officer Connect]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      MIAMI Cops get new SuperPOOP Cars Dodge Challenger R/T! Woohoopooop!!!! Obviously the researchers for this project haven't been to Miami yet where there are at least 27 Ferraris for every Dodge Poop on the road lol Have fun catching up
      lgyooper
      • 5 Years Ago
      Volt=EV1 Baahaha
      • 5 Years Ago
      American muscle cars make for such great-looking cop cars. Dodges in particular, because they have that beefy look to em.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll bet it isn't any worse around a corner than a Crown Vic!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I've seen a Challenger take some tight corners hard... let's just say you'd be wrong about it vs. the Crown Vic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a really nice cop car, still my favorite by far is the saleen that came out in transformers. That car was sick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a wonderful waste of tax dollars.

      There is zero reason for police to use a two-door when the Charger has an existing police package. And the aluminum wheels, nice as they are, completely limits its use in pursuits (aluminum breaks rather than bend when it hits a curb). Without a dedicated police package, they end up paying retail and then paying extra for the conversion work, making this a VERY expensive proposition.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw this in person on I-95 the other day... its the freshest cop car on the road since the Mercury Marauder! Oh how I miss the 5.0 Mustang State Troopers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet of the measly 20,000 Challenger manages to sell this year most of it will be to police and rental fleets. I can see anyone buying this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Miata should be good enough!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya know, this car can't be cheap - even with any municipal discounts that they might get.

      With all the tight budgets that we are seeing, does it really make financial sense to use a Challenger R/T as a cop car just to feed the ego of the local cops?

      Don't get me wrong, it looks darn cool, but most new cop cars around here are based on the base Charger (V6).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe they used the Cash For Clunkers program to trade in some old police cruisers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a patrol or pursuit vehicle, the Challenger doesn't really strike me as being the best available option, but that's the limit of my criticism. For the record, in terms of pursuit performance, the Crown Vic is also a subpar choice with V6 performance and the fuel consumption of a V8 for starters.

        But the self-righteous "not with MY tax dollars" crowd seems to be quick to shoot and slow to ask questions (to borrow a cop metaphot). In my experience in the public sector (no, I'm not a cop), the same folks complaining about the latest 'toy' are the same ones barking out "what took you so long???" when they've got an emergency.

        It's entirely plausible that this was a drug seizure vehicle. If that's the case, bring it on. If not, I'd like to hear the rationale for this particular choice. But either way, I don't live in Broward County, so MY tax dollars are funding government spending (and yes, waste)elsewhere. I'll worry about problems closer to home, thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ""With all the tight budgets that we are seeing, does it really make financial sense to use a Challenger R/T as a cop car just to feed the ego of the local cops?""


        +1

        With tax revenues way down all across Florida, huge numbers of home foreclosures, high unemployment, etc., it makes no sense for this agency to buy this expensive toy. In fact, it's kind of offensive of them.

        I'll bet they used Federal stimulus money to buy this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With Broward County so far in debt, I wonder who the idiot was that authorized this purchase?! The Sheriff's Dept here is so outa' control money=wise! Don't worry - the Camaros are next!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks SICK!
      If Hammond likes the Challenger its cool!
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