Michigan State Police 2013 police pursuit car tests:
Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer
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• 2012 Model Year Test Results
The Michigan State Police (MSP) held their eagerly awaited 2012-model-year pursuit car tests in September 2011 at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds
and Gratten Raceway Park.
Dodge did surprising well in the ergonomics/communications area, where the company had previously suffered. Despite Chevy's special seats in the Caprice, Charger topped the cars with the highest ergonomics/communications score, around 223. Caprice came in second at around 217. Ford came in at around 203, the lowest score of any vehicle tested, including the front-wheel-drive Impala. The top scorer, though, was not a car at all: it was the Chevrolet Tahoe, topping the charts at 236. (Ford's own Explorer came in below 210.) This is a major accomplishment for the Dodge boys.
2013 Police Car Acceleration: Dodge vs Ford vs Chevy
In the V6 acceleration competition, the Charger roughly matched the Explorer V6 but was otherwise the slowest-accelerating V6-powered car in most sprints. The slowest Charger roughly paced the Chevy Tahoe V8, an enormous vehicle which GM sells as a pursuit vehicle. Surprisingly, the Ford Taurus and Explorer both outran the 2.65:1 Charger across the board; Taurus FWD also beat the 3.07:1 Charger, though Explorer was generally a tad slower without a turbocharger. The six-speed V6 Caprice easily beat both Dodge V6 cars across the board.
The turbocharged Fords matched or beat the V8 Caprice; the turbocharged Explorer was easily the fastest car of the group in acceleration, though not in top speed, where Caprice V8 triumphed. Caprice V8 also beat the Charger V8 across the board, though the results were very close. The turbocharged Taurus came in second place in acceleration, close to the Explorer. Whether a turbocharged car is practical for American police work is another question.
The Dodge Charger police edition is still not available with the eight-speed automatic, possibly because the five-speed is time-tested and cheaper; that hurts its performance quite a bit, since the civilian Charger does 0-60 in around 6.6 seconds, while the police version was tested in 7.85 at best.
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