• Aug 24th 2010 at 11:33AM
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2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit – Click above to see this image in high-resolution

Ford and General Motors have already made big splashes this year by introducing their next-generation police pursuit vehicles, and while the Taurus- and Caprice-based cruisers will surely be stiff competition for one another, Chrysler now presents its police fleet offering, the 2011 Charger Pursuit.

The Pursuit is based on the new-for-2011 Dodge Charger that we only recently saw almost completely uncovered in spy shots, and will be offered with either Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8. (What, no Pursuit SRT8?) Naturally, this Charger has been modified to be better suited for police duty, and includes things like heavy-duty anti-lock brakes, front and rear stabilizer bars, a two-mode police-specific stability control system and 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels.

Inside, the front cabin has been modified to better serve as a mobile command center, and Chrysler is offering a police interface module for easy integration of existing computer equipment. We aren't sure if this is similar to what Ford has done with the Taurus Police Interceptor, and we'll have a better idea when we get more images and details about the Pursuit, likely to be released after the civilian Charger is fully unveiled.

Police forces will be able to order the 2011 Charger Pursuit starting next month. Follow the jump to read the full press release.

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2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit
August 24, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.

America's high-performance police vehicle - the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit - has arrived, providing law-enforcement the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design that makes any suspect stop in a panic.

The all-new Dodge Charger Pursuit's performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration make it hot-pursuit ready. For world-class ride and performance handling dynamics, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a rear-wheel drive design and redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries to deliver a smooth comfortable ride for law enforcement officers who spend long days protecting our streets.

Designed with the guidance of the brand's Police Advisory Board, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit's mobile-command interior features a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more.

Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect us with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver's knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.

Behind its sinister face, the Dodge Charger Pursuit offers an all-new standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) and available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).

The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be available for ordering in September 2010 through Chrysler Group LLC's fleet operations. For more information, visit www.fleet.chrysler.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Your turn, Carbon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what this 2-mode stability control business is all about. It would be sweeeeet if it had provisions like an assisted power turn: Apply brakes as you turn to full lock and floor the gas- car does a precise 180.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's the least evolutionary iteration of evolutionary design I've ever seen.

      You could practically pass it off as a refresh.

      Not saying it doesn't look good or anything of the sort.
        • 5 Years Ago
        uhh no actually - Mike E & Aprime. This is a NEW car, all new sheet metal, all new interior, heavily revised powertrain. 5 year cycles are the norm. The Ford Fusion and Edge was a refresh - fascias, maybe fenders / hood, but the Charger and 300 is an evolution design but an entirely new model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apex, who said there was anything wrong with Chrysler's new pieces and refreshes? Empty the sand from your panties.

        And the 300/Charger is a refresh, not an entirely new vehicle from the ground-up like the 2011 Grand Cherokee.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a refresh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is a refresh of the current vehicle, not a ground-up, clean-sheet redesign like the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango. No different than the current Taurus or most of Ford's current product line.

        The Charger is getting new sheetmetal, a new interior (most of it the new corporate switchgear and pieces debuted on the new Grand Cherokee), a tweaked suspension and powertrain for 2011.

        The Chrysler 300 is getting the same changes for 2011 as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, the new Charger looks quite menacing in police guise. Dodge should call it the Charger "Stealth" though because I have one hell of a time recognizing Charger headlights in my rear view mirror. The Crown Vic is easy to spot but the Charger isn't distinct enough. Hopefully Dodge has addressed this issue. =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      18-inch wheels? Wouldn't smaller rims with bigger tires be better for going over curbs and rough terrain?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, well maybe the current police chargers have always had too big a rim size, too. :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        The current Police Chargers have always had 18" wheels... please do some research before you post. The AB readers giving you 3-stars should do the same thing!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Need the 18" wheels to clear the upgraded brakes I believe, however I could be wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The proper name for "rim" is wheel. A rim is a metal ring.

        18" is actually quite small by modern wheel well size. The police package has 225/60r18s, so the tire x-section is the same size as Intrepid/Crown Vic squad cars - 225/60r16.

        Dodge never put larger rotors or calipers for their police package cars, and neither does Ford or GM. The "heavy duty" is simply a more aggressive pad, and slightly altered master cylinder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just the rim or the entire wheel?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it'll soon be a good time to be a police officer if you're on traffic ticket duty...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wasn't sure I was going to like the new taillight treatment but the more I see of it, the more I think I like it. It really looks different and better than the 2006-2010 model's Galant taillights IMO, very distinctive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best looking of the current cop cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wait a sec, aren't some of these images also been used as spy shots of a police used in the F&F5?

      • 5 Years Ago
      These are pics of the 2010 car with specs for the 2011. Headlights and side gives it away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, they're trying to sell the police version without even having revealed the entire design? I'm all for suspense and anticipation, but this is just getting ridiculous. Reveal the damn CAR!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seems a little odd until you think for a moment and realize budget making time for most businesses. You have only to look at airplane sales to see this, with Boeing taking orders for the 777 before its first test flight.

        We may buy cars on a whim or after a few weeks/months of researching, but I imagine it takes police departments a bit longer, as they have to secure funding, and contract for a price and possibly maintenance.

        That....or their hand was forced after the pics from the Fast/Furious set...and Chrysler was just making lemonade.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Kumar

        Yes and no. Airlines already know what they are getting before the first flight -- ie. the design is finalized, interior mockups have been produced, subcontractors for engines and entertainment have already been decided, performance and range capabilities are known, delivery slots have been decided...etc etc.
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