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Charger Pursuit speeds past Chevy, Ford

by David Zatz on

evoc-courseProfessional driving tactics instructor Rex Sagle, who works on driving courses for bodyguards and the police, checked in from the Police Vehicle Evaluations in Texas. The tests were conducted by the Association of Law Enforcement Response Trainers, using the Texas Department of Public Safety’s $40 million emergency vehicle driving course.

Mr. Sagle reported that the Chevrolet Caprice pursuit car was cranked up to the fastest top speed (155 mph), the Dodge at 152 mph, and the top Ford car at 150 mph; departments can opt for a 129 mph top speed limiter on the Dodge to avoid extra-high-speed pursuits, according to Mr. Sagle.

The all wheel drive Dodge Charger was able to turn one lap faster than any other vehicle; Dodge reported earlier that the car had set a record in testing in Michigan.

392Mr. Sagle spoke informally with a representative from a large police agency, which said that GM did not seem interested in promoting the Caprice this year; GM has, he said, been unable to get the price down, and the car, after a very promising start, has not been garnering good reviews from test drivers, as Dodge and Ford have both improved their own pursuits. The Dodge brakes were also reportedly much improved over the 2013s.

On display at the event was a Challenger SRT8 donated to the Texas Department of Public Safety by football player Mario Williams; the car is a six-speed manual with a well-worked-over 6.4 Hemi, allegedly pumping out 600 horsepower now. The car is capable of over 180 mph.

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