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Dodge tops LA squad tests (so far)

by David Zatz on

Every year, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tests every automaker’s pursuit cars in both highway and city environments, to give departments across the country an idea of each car’s strengths and weaknesses. The Michigan State Police have similar tests, without the city driving simulation, and with some differences in how the tests are conducted.

According to Norm Layton, the fastest lap time was held by the Dodge Charger Hemi, running around the track in 1:22.38. The fastest Caprice lap was at 1:23.71, and the fastest Ford AWD time was 1:24.49. The times are all close together, and the average 32-lap times (not expected to be available for some time) might show a different order. There are often variations in lap times between drivers and cars, and from lap to lap.

Ford triumphed in stopping distances, a reversal of years when the Crown Victoria turned in the longest stops, with 136-foot stops for two of its cars and 138 feet for the 3.5 FWD 3.5 car.  Charger V6 (high ratio) came in next at 137 feet, then Caprice at 138 feet, followed by Charger Hemi and Charger V6 (low ratio) at 142 feet each. The Impala trailed the pack, though not by much, stopping in 143 feet.

For details, photos, and the results of talks with police officers, see our full story.

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