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2015 Charger Pursuits (updated)

by David Zatz on

Today, Dodge unveiled the 2015 Charger Pursuit cars, possibly the most popular traditional police cars in America. They compete with the similarly traditional Chevrolet Caprice, along with the front wheel drive Ford Taurus sedan, and, more significantly, Chevrolet and Ford pursuit SUVs.

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Dodge Charger Pursuit’s signature “racetrack” LED tail lamp has been updated with the continuous glowing light ribbon technology that first debuted on the new Dodge Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp was relocated from the top of the deck lid to the roofline inside the back glass, so the backup camera could be centered.

The interior has been upgraded with a 7-inch color customizable instrument gauge cluster; Uconnect 5.0 is standard, including hands-free Uconnect Phone. Framing the Charger’s new instrument cluster is a redesigned three-spoke thick rim sport steering wheel with larger, illuminated buttons and new programmable buttons for auxiliary equipment.

Developed with guidance from Dodge’s Police Advisory Board is the 2015 Charger Pursuit’s new systems interface module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats with unique bolstering to accommodate belt-mounted gear, and a column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick to free up space for center-console mounted controls.

Other changes include:

  • Larger 14.5-in. front and 13.8-in. rear pursuit-rated brake package now standard
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Electric steering for better reliability and fewer fluids
  • Front suspension bushing durability improvement for RWD
  • Wig Wag prepared LEDs in front headlamp assembly for seamless look
  • Improved Vehicle System Integration Model with additional input/output (radio mute, vehicle speed, reverse and drive position)

With 370 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, the V8 has a 0-to-60 mph time of less than 6 seconds, while getting up to 26 miles per gallon (mpg) highway. The Charger Pursuit set the fastest-ever lap time at the 2012 Model Year Michigan State Police (MSP) Vehicle Evaluation (1:33.70) at  Grattan Raceway. A V6 engine produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with E-85 fuel capacity.

Though Dodge did not mention what kind of transmission it uses, Allpar has been told that they will come with five-speed automatic transmissions, though civilians have an all-eight-speed lineup; ex-law-officer Bill Cawthon believes this is because the company has not yet decided to invest in a column shifter for the eight speed, even though, being an electronically controlled system, this is not a major undertaking. Dodge has claimed that police departments prefer the “tried and true” five speed because officers are accustomed to it and more gears might mean more training which means more money. Performance with the V6 is vastly different between the two, but there is likely a smaller gap with the 370-horsepower V8.

See more information on the police equipment packages, including power distribution, trunk-based equipment trays, and such.

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