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California squad car test results: Charger changes

by David Zatz on

2011 Dodge Charger squad car

Paul Clinton of reported that Dodge has added a new option to the Charger: a more performance-oriented gear ratio, to compete more effectively with the Caprice and 2012-model-year Volvo-based turbocharged cars. Police departments may now get either the usual 2.65:1 ratio for better gas mileage, or a 3.06:1 ratio for quicker launches.

California has four policemen each drive each vehicle for eight laps of the CSAA Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, a 1.54 mile road course. In addition, to find cars whose brakes may catch fire, they test braking immediately after high speed operation.

The results of the California tests will be published in early 2011. (Thanks, Curtis Redgap)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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