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Charger AWD squad sets record

by David Zatz on

The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD has set a record for the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.85) for an all-wheel-drive test sedan at the Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation earlier this week at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan. The lap times were greater than the turbocharged Ford AWD car.

Dodge had the only test cars with lap times under 1:34.

squadThe all wheel drive version of the Charger Pursuit is only available with a 370-horsepower Hemi V8 engine and five-speed Mercedes automatic transmission. An eight-speed automatic is available on civilian V6 cars, but not on Charger Pursuits, including the rear-wheel-drive V6 model.

The Charger has a segment-exclusive front-axle-disconnect system to increase gas mileage, and seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention.  It is scheduled to be sold to law enforcement customers in Spring 2014.

Charger Pursuit V8 features best-in-class stopping power, with 60-0 in under 127 feet, when equipped with the (late availability) high performance braking system. As predicted by Allpar, this brings larger front rotors and large gains in front and rear caliper swept area (from 289 to 388 square inches in front, and from 291 to 296 in back; front rotors are going from 13.6 to 14.5 inches).  Chrysler rates the V8 rear drive model at 0-60 in under 6 seconds, with up to 25 mpg highway mileage.

Other changes include a new fuel pump for durability, variable displacement air conditioner compressor, factory installed vinyl graphics, and optional rear park assistance.

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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