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Charger squad roars to set record

by David Zatz on

After a disappointing performance last year, when the Charger was easily beaten by the new Chevrolet Caprice, the new 2012 Dodge Charger police cars posted the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.70) at the Michigan State Police annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan.

All four Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team drivers averaged their fastest times in the Charger Pursuit.

The Charger Hemi police car has a 370 horsepower engine; the V6 model continues with the 292 horsepower engine, and averaged the fastest times for naturally aspirated (1:37.71) and E-85 capable (1:37.57) six-cylinder police cars. The turbocharged Ford Taurus set a faster time.

The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 leads the police sedan segment with the fastest 0-to-60 to 0-to-100 mph times, with 0-60 in 5.83 seconds, 0-70 in 7.38, and 0-100 in 13.65.

The new performance comes from an optional 3.07 rear axle ratio with V6 and 3.06 rear axle with V8 (2.65 is standard on both); a recalibrated V8 engine controller with 151 mph maximum speed; new brake pads with silicone caliper boots to cut brake fade and improve both performance and durability (late availability); and new wheel hubs with lower deflection and vibration when braking.

Other changes include a full color vehicle information center with engine-hour and idle-hour meters, and new police-specific front seats that accommodate equipment on officers’ duty belts, with more lateral support for performance driving. The Hemi also gained 100,000 mile spark plugs.

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