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Dodge Charger Police Interceptor

We’ve all wondered. When you’re cruising down the highway and one of two things happen: 1. Your radar detector gets tagged and goes nuts, or 2. Your cruising down the highway and you spot him in the median, radar/laser gun out the window, pointed square at you. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all wondered at that exact moment… if I just floored it, could I get away? Ever wondered exactly how much punch the coppers were packing in the new Chargers? Allpar did a great write-up explaining the ins and outs of the new Chargers for our men and women in Blue. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a bit jealous…

Source: Allpar.com

The highest performance police car in America, the Dodge Charger, has been re-engineered for the 2011 model year. The 2010 Charger had the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, and efficiency, leading to its widespread adoption; the 2011 model is in for a tougher ride, going up against a new Chevy Caprice with a 355-horsepower, 6-liter V8 and rear wheel drive, as well as a panoply of Fords. For 2012, the list price for the Charger was $29,770 plus destination — just below R/T.


The new 2011 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. It has redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries to deliver a smooth comfortable ride for law enforcement officers.

Designed with the guidance of Dodge’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 claimed the Charger was the only car in its class to have a standard Police Interface Module.

(LAPD figures)

Charger V6

Charger Hemi

Caprice

Ford CVPI

Ford FWD/AWD

Ford AWD Turbo

Horsepower

291 @ 6400

370 @ 5150

355 @ 5300

250 @ 5000

280 @ 6250

365 @ 5,500

Torque

260 @ 4400

397 @ 4250

384 @ 4400

297 @ 4000

250 @ 4500

350 @ 1,500-5,250

Weight

4,021

4,253

5,339**

4,214

4,184

4,443

Transmission

5 speed*

5 speed

6 speed

4 speed

6 speed

6 speed

Headroom (F)

38.6

38.7

39.5

39.0

Hip room F/R

56.2 / 56.1

56.6 / 57.9

57.4 / 56.1

56.3 / 55.9

Leg room F/R

41.8 / 40.1

42.1/43.2

41.6 / 38.0

41.9 / 40.0

Trunk (cubic ft)

16.5

17.4

20.6

16.6

* 8 speed likely in 2012 model year — police may retain 5 speed (unknown) ** Appears to be a typo; 4,339 more likely

The usual “keyless enter-and-go” system has proximity entry and a push-button start “with police strategy.” Standard features on pursuit cars include steering wheel mounted audio controls, UConnect voice command, power six way driver and manual front passenger seat, dual power outlets, one USB outlet in the center stack, and dual zone a/c. For durability, police get 18 inch steel wheels.

The pursuit car still has a column shifter, but it has been redesigned for a more natural feel; it is now “in a vertical plane, rather than a rotational arc,” according to Police Fleet Manager.

 

The V6 has 50-state certification for optional E85 flex-fuel compatibility. A 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is included. Hemi gas mileage has been increased somewhat through “interactive deceleration fuel shutoff,” which cuts all fuel to the engine around 5% – 8% of the time the Charger is moving (according to Police Fleet Manager).


Dodge Charger Pursuit protects officers 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. The unibody has more high-strength steel than before, for higher safety.

The four wheel heavy duty antilock brakes are part of the stability control system, with special programming to allow full or part-operation function; rain brake support, hill start assist, and ready alert braking are all included. (Rain brake support moves the calipers closer to the rotors when the wipers are active, keeping the rotors dry). The pursuit car also has a unique performance suspension, with load-levelling intelligence via Monroe Nivomat rear shocks.

Visibility has been improved via narrower, thinner pillars, lower rear-view mirrors (which were also moved forward), and moving the windshield top back by 3 1/2 inches.

The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit is available for ordering through the fleet people. Fleet operations have been upgraded with new staff, and its head, Peter Grady, reports directly to Sergio Marchionne. There is also now a police vehicle quality and service issue resolution council which meets weekly.

As in the past, a stealth mode shuts off some interior lights and dims others, keeping an unobtrusive red dome light on, providing enough light for “official business” while remaining dark on the outside, and unseen by speeders. Another police item is the ability to deactivate rear doors and windows.


The bucket seats continue, but with more hip and shoulder room, more side space for a holster, and space between the seats for ancillary weapons. The front seats recline more, and the doors open wider — the front doors open 21% wider, the rear doors 29% wider. The windshield is three inches taller for a better outward view. The trunk has an optional aftermarket drawer for electronics, and now has a gooseneck hinge to open the lid higher; it will also support a 25-pound load (for squad cars at least), so that equipment can be safely mounted to its underside.

Law and Order wrote that Chrysler made changes to the seats to improve comfort, benchmarking the Toyota Avalon and Lexus LS460:

…most seats start out with a stamped steel seat bottom. To that, different layers, thicknesses and densities of foam are added. That means seat comfort comes only from the foam layers. The most comfortable seats, however, start out as a tube frame with a nylon web seat the bottom. And that is what the new Charger has.

 

The 2011 Dodge Charger also has better foam layers, with the webbing covered with a layer of firm foam, then a layer of memory foam. For the police, pressure point mapping was used to reduce “hot spots” for those wearing police-duty belts, and improved the seat fabric.

The front fascia was also redesigned to make it easier for upfitters; instead of having to remove the entire front clip, including headlights, the front clip can now be easily removed, sans headlights, using easily found fasteners (via an access panel above, and under the air dam below). The new grille also increases airflow into the radiator at idle, and is cheaper to replace. First generation push bumpers, interior partitions, and center consoles will, however, fit — and will not be hit by the redesigned side airbags.

Dodge Charger squad car performance (Michigan State Police)

Dodge Charger V6

Dodge Charger Hemi

(Sec)

2011

2010

2011

2010

0-50

6.47

6.46

4.76

4.63

0-60

8.65

8.64

6.24

6.00

0-70

11.33

11.21

7.78

7.44

0-80

14.26

14.03

9.73

9.32

0-90

17.86

17.84

12.30

11.68

0-100

23.85

22.74

14.99

14.21

TOP SPEED, mph

130

137

146

146

Stopping Distance

133.2

137.9

133.9

143.4

2011 Dodge Charger squad car equipment

Standard equipment includes the features noted earlier (e.g. load levelling performance suspension), as well as:

  • 220-amp high-output alternator (up from 160 amps) with 800 CCA battery

  • Severe duty engine cooling, transmission cooling, steering fluid cooling
  • Rear differential: 200 mm for V6, 215 mm for Hemi
  • P225/60R18 V-rated performance tires, Goodyear or Firestone
  • 2.65:1 axle ratio (3.06:1 optional)
  • 19 gallon gas tank
  • Engine hour meter
  • Rear defroster
  • Stealth mode
  • Unique, dedicated fused circuits
  • Active head restraints
  • Spot-lamp prep kit; optional left and right spot lamps (black); optional equipment mounting bracket
  • Police vehicle headliner: standard with red/white dome light or street appearance with no dome light
  • 160-mph or 260-km/h (certified) calibrated speedometer
  • Optional street appearance group with fog lamps, rear stabilizer bar, aluminum wheels, full length floor console, power heated mirrors
  • Heavy duty cloth front bucket seats and optional vinyl rear fixed bench seat
  • Easy path wiring grommet between underhood and passenger compartments
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Emergency Brake Assist

 

 

 

2010 Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger

Wheelbase 120″

120.2″

Length

200.1″

199.9″

Width

74.5″

75.0″

Height

58.2″

58.7

Track

63″

63.0

Weight

3,800 (V6) – 4,031 (V8)

4.065 V6 / 4,290 5.7

Interior volume

104 cubic feet (120.2 EPA)

140.8 c.f. (120.2 EPA)

Cargo volume

16.2 cubic feet (460L)

15.4 c.f. (EPA)

Head room

38.7 (983)

38.6

Front leg room

41.8

41.8

Front shoulder room

59.3

59.5

Front hip room

56.2

56.2

Rear head room

36.2

36.7

Rear leg room

40.2

40.1

Rear knee clearance

4.5

n/a

Rear shoulder room

57.6

57.9

Rear hip room

55.5

56.1

 


Updated: August 17, 2011 — 8:04 pm

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