• Sep 25, 2011
The Big Three are finally done one-upping each other in this year's Michigan State Police vehicle evaluations, with the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V8 laying down some heady numbers on the test track. The Charger emerged with the fastest lap time ever recorded in the Michigan State Police test's history, at 1:33.7.

That, boys and girls, is something else. The Chevrolet Caprice PPV may have the best top speed and braking, but the Charger has shown it has the chops to slice up the twisties as well. The Hemi-powered Charger also gets to 60 in under six seconds with the optional 3.07 gears.

The only strike against the Charger is that needed a V8 to post those numbers, while both the Chevrolet Caprice and Ford Interceptor employ less thirsty V6s. Full presser after the jump.
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2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit Sets New Performance Benchmarks In Police Vehicle Segment

2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 records fastest lap time ever in Michigan State Police's Vehicle Evaluation Test history (1:33.70)

Fastest-ever lap time at Grattan Raceway highlights Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 as the police sedan with the best combination of acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics
Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 delivers the fastest naturally aspirated or E-85 capable six-cylinder lap time
Charger Pursuit V-8 delivers the best-in-class acceleration needed for police-fleet duty, including 0-to 60 mph in under 6 seconds:
0-to-60 mph (5.83 sec)
0-to-80 mph (9.18 sec)
0-to-100 mph (13.65 sec)

*MSP's 2012 model year preliminary data
September 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Designed and engineered to be America's high-performance police vehicle, the new 2012 Dodge Charger V-6 and V-8 models set new levels of performance - including the fastest lap time ever recordered (1:33.70) - at Michigan State Police's (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests earlier this week at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich.

"Achieving the fastest-ever lap time at the Michigan State Police's annual Police Vehicle Evaluation test reflects the mission of the Dodge Charger Pursuit Team to equip our law enforcement officials with the absolute best combination of vehicle performance and tactical equipment," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "Even more impressive is that all four Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team drivers averaged their fastest times in the Charger Pursuit – reinforcing the driver confidence provided when world-class acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics are combined."

In addition to the 370 horsepower and world-class performance and precision of the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 model, the 292 horsepower Charger Pursuit V-6 models held their own around Grattan Raceway, averaging the fastest times for naturally aspirated (1:37.71) and E-85 capable(1:37.57) six-cylinder police cars.

Rapid acceleration is also critical to quickly catching up to target vehicles, and the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 leads the police sedan segment with the fastest 0-to-60 to 0-to-100 mph times.

0-to-60 mph (5.83 sec)
0-to-70 mph (7.38 sec)
0-to-80 mph (9.18 sec)
0-to-90 mph (11.43 sec)
0-to-100 mph (13.65 sec)

Continuing to build on the Charger's high-performance heritage and the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit debuting at last year's MSP tests, the 2012 model features new performance improvements, including:

Optional 3.07 rear-axle ratio for increased acceleration with Pentastar® V-6 (2.65 standard)
Optional 3.06 rear-axle ratio for increased acceleration with HEMI® V-8 (2.65 standard)
Recalibrated engine controller (including a 151 mph max-speed rating) with HEMI V-8
New heavy-duty and higher performance brake pads with new silicone brake caliper boot to reduce brake fade and deliver improved performance and durability (late availability)
All-new police-specific designed front seats provide additional comfort, accommodate the equipment on the officer's duty belt, and provide the lateral support for performance driving
Full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with an engine-hour and engine-idle hour meter
5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 100,000 mile spark plugs
New wheel hub for minimized deflection and less vibration when braking

About the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit
America's high-performance police vehicle - the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit -provides law-enforcement with the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design.

New for 2012, Dodge Charger Pursuit offers six all-new quality-tested and factory-installed police-equipment packages backed by the factory. In addition, 24 free-standing options allow for the customer to equip the Charger Pursuit to his or her specification.

The Dodge Charger features two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency.

Engineered to perform, the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 highway mpg. For best-in-class power, the Charger Pursuit's legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology delivers 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in under 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg.

With superior ride and handling, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features Chrysler Group's second-generation large car rear-wheel-drive architecture with performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling Nivomat shocks, 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).

Developed with the guidance of the brand's Police Advisory Board, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a mobile-command interior with unique features, including a Vehicle Systems Interface Module for easy equipment integration, heavy-duty police-duty front seats and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick.

In addition to its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick," the Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers and driver's knee bag.


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      GLHS837
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cash, the requirement for power comes from being at a dead stop, or going 60-70 in one direction, and need ing to get going the direction of the offender and achieve an overtake speed (offender going +80, you need a good bit of speed over that the catch them. As far as chases, they really dont need top end, chases rarely top say 120ish. Fiestas cant take a hit and keep going, and have no room for gear, even the 16 cubic foot truck of the Charger is a bit cramped. This applies to rural and highway departments, not urban ones. Butterfly? Product of Turin? Which part of this car comes from FIAT? Do you have any idea as to product lead times? And I have never been to Detroit in my life:) And I"m not mad, am pretty happy that the Charger shined in whats arguably the most important single test. If you really want to know what a car can do, go to a road course. Not a dragstrip or a skidpad.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad to see the demise of the Crown Vic. Body on frame construction is much more ideal for police cars.
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      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, for all the talk of speed and lap times, wouldn't the more important information for officers 99% of the time involve boring stuff like which has the easiest to clean interior, the easiest to get a reluctant arrestee into, and what has the most comfortable seat for really long shifts?
      carguy
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mention of the back seat in the charger of being small.. But i had a 2007 charger and it could easily fit three adults in there with no entry/exit problems. I think the new chargers are even better at that. So I don't see what the issue is here.
        Haub
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carguy
        I believe the room complaint is due to the need of having a rear cage installed for protection. Example: catch a good episode of Frontier Force or Alaska State Troopers on Nat.Geo. and you can see how awkward it is with someone in cuffs.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the Caprice was supposed to have a 6.0L? Either that, or I'm losing my mind.
        jtav2002
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        @MONTEGOD7SS
        No, you're not. It's supposed to have a 6.0L 355hp V8 optional. Yet most of these tests seem to just talk about the V6, you'd think they would be putting that up against the NA V6 in the Ford and the V6 in the Charger.
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        Elmo
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        It's VERY far from reality. Try traveling to Detroit rather than looking at pictures and listening to the media. You seriously are the most media driven commenter on this website. It's pathetic.
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          @Elmo
          Some of Detroit is restored, but most of it is a cesspool. Whitey may be "the devil", but one thing is for sure, when you only have 10% of em in a city, it goes downhill fast.
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