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Charger Pursuit breaks the record

by David Zatz on

The Michigan State Police has released their comparison of the 2015 police cars. The Dodge Charger set the pace, as the V8 AWD set a new track record, and the V6 was the fastest base-engined pursuit car on the track — and had the shortest stopping distance.

Still, the report concluded that there was no clear winner in the “power sedan” or “regular sedan” (our labels) classes; and in any case, many departments are going for crossovers for their space.  The Dodge AWD Charger beat the Ford turbo AWD Taurus, Caprice V8, and rear wheel drive Charger by small margins on the track, not enough to make any performance-based purchase “obvious,” though the turbocharger of the Taurus might make it less attractive than the conventional V8 of the Charger.

In standard sedans, the differences were also minimal between the two Charger V6 cars (differing in axle ratio) and the Caprice, with both Fords lagging in braking distance and top speed (though meeting or beating 0-60 times and coming fairly close in lap times). Impala posted the best top speed of any car, crossover, or SUV, but had the lowest track time, even falling behind the rear-drive Tahoe.

Both the Explorer and Tahoe have good 0-60 times and acceptable braking (though worse than any car but Taurus V6 and Impala), and “good enough” track times (again, worse than any car other than Taurus V6 and Impala, but not by a large margin).

For the full story, including the 0-60, 0-100, braking, top speed, and track time numbers, see our permanent coverage of the 2014 Michigan State Police pursuit-car tests or our Dodge Charger Pursuit page.

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