We wouldn't advocate trying to outrun the police, no matter what you're driving and no matter what they are. But if you see a Dodge Charger bearing down on you with blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror, you'd better think twice before attempting to flee, because the Charger Pursuit has once again emerged as the fastest police cruiser out there.

In the latest Police Vehicle Evaluation held by the Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway, Dodge says its new Charger Pursuit AWD posted a lap time of 1:33.85. That's quicker than any of the other law enforcement vehicles present, but also makes it the quickest all-wheel-drive cruiser available to law-enforcement officials. That may not make it the quickest of all time, but that honor belongs to the rear-drive Dodge Charger Pursuit, which cuts a fraction of a second off its AWD counterpart's time with a 1:33.70. But in regions where the extra traction could come in handy, that's as negligible a difference as we've ever seen.

Of course, the annual PVE sessions held by the Michigan State Police take in to account a wide variety of performance tests, including top speed, acceleration, braking, handling, fuel economy and ergonomics. The MSP has yet to reveal its full findings from its 2014 model year tests, but we'll be sure to bring them to you when they are published.
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New 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD Delivers Best Pursuit-rated Performance and Fastest-ever AWD Lap Time During Its First Police Vehicle Evaluation Tests

- New Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD records fastest lap time during Michigan State Police's 2014 Vehicle Evaluation Test (1:33.85)
- With the fastest average lap time (1:34.75) at Grattan Raceway, Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD showcases the best combination of acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics
- Fastest-ever AWD pursuit-rated sedan complements the all-time lap record held by the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model (1:33.70)
- Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD features the most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system in the segment, delivering maximum all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency
- Best-in-class braking on Charger Pursuit V-8: new high-performance brake system with larger diameter front rotors and larger swept area increases stopping performance (late availability)

(MSP's 2014 Police Vehicle Evaluation Test - preliminary results noted)
September 26, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Designed and engineered to be America's high-performance all-season police vehicle, the new 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD continues to build on the rear-wheel-drive model's performance legacy - achieving the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.85) for an all-wheel-drive test sedan - at Michigan State Police's (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation earlier this week at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich.

"With the record-holding rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger Pursuit and now the fastest-ever recorded all-wheel drive model, Chrysler Group offers those who protect and serve us with the best pursuit-rated sedans in the business," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "And with the only test cars achieving lap times less than 1:34, Dodge Charger Pursuit highlights the segment's best combination of world-class technology, acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics."

Most-advanced AWD System for Tactical Pursuit-rated Performance and Efficiency
The new 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD takes the lap record-holding rear-wheel drive (RWD) model's 370 horsepower HEMI® V-8 design and integrates the most advanced AWD system in the segment, delivering maximum all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency.

With its segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system, the new Dodge Charger Pursuit's AWD seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD will be made available to law enforcement customers in the Spring of 2014 through Chrysler Group's Fleet Operations.

Feedback from the field improves the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit
With input from law enforcement officials and Dodge brand's Police Advisory Board, the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 and V-6 models continue to add improvements to meet the high expectations and performance needs of the people who protect us. Improvements for 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit lineup include:
- New Charger Pursuit V-8 AWD model with segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for maximum all-season traction and efficiency (late availability)
- Best-in-class stopping power (60-0 mph in less than 127 feet) with Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 and new high-performance brake system (late availability)
- Larger 14.5-inch front rotors (up from 13.6-inch)
- Front-caliper swept area increased to 388 sq.in. from 289 sq.in.
- Rear-caliper swept area increased to 296 sq.in. from 291 sq.in.
- Police-specific Secure Park, which prevents idling vehicle from being driven without key fob present in the vehicle
- Revised rear fascia and robust exhaust tips to further enhance the "pursuit" capability of the Charger when crossing highway medians
- New camber link change to the rear suspension to further enhance high-speed and aggressive braking performance
- Upgraded fuel pump for added durability
- Variable-displacement air conditioner compressor for added efficiency
- Factory-installed Mopar horizontal or vertical vinyl graphics for customer convenience
- ParkSense rear-park assist now available

About the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit
The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit features two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency. And new for 2014, Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 now offers the most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system in the segment, delivering maximum all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency.

Delivering best-in-class power and achieving the fastest-ever lap time at Michigan State Police's (MSP) Vehicle Evaluation Test for the 2012 model year (1:33.70) at Grattan Raceway in Michigan – the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 (RWD) with its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine unleashes 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg with innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology. Additionally, the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 features an aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 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 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.

The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit is manufactured at Chrysler Group LLC's Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant and available through Chrysler Group's Fleet Operations www.fleet.chrysler.com


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      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was going through Alachua Fl. Last week and saw this shiny black Charger with limo tint. The only thing was it had a search light on the driver door. A Corvette kept changing lanes, following too close and just plain driving aggressively. As soon as the Vette got passed the the traffic he floored it, blue and red lights started flashing on the Charger, I lmao as I went by.
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      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      So how long before I can buy one from surplus?
        miketim1
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        @56Jalopy
        Why would anyone want to buy a police car? Their beat on mechanically and disgusting on the inside.
          Egon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas.
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        clquake
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        @56Jalopy
        Make sure you replace the interior. Really nasty things happen in police cars.
        jtav2002
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        @56Jalopy
        You can buy brand new ones on ebay right now. I may be wrong, and someone correct me if I am, but I believe Dodge actually lets civilians purchase them new. At least it used to be like that.
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      Levine Levine
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      Cop cars are exempt from much of the smog regulations. Hence, they get better performance. Another example of government's "do as I say not as I do."
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      Ammo_1
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      Okay, they were faster... but how much faster? Additionally, posting a single data point, a track lap time, doesn't say anything about the overall performance of the vehicle for its intended purpose.
        jtav2002
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        @Ammo_1
        At the end of the day it's nothing more than a bragging point. I don't think a department will say well we were going to go with the Caprice until we saw the Charger was slightly faster on the track.
      racingmaniac
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      Guess I am not fast enough to outrun a cop car at Grattan....I think my timing app says the fastest time I did there last month was only a 1:35.9....
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