Chrysler teases looks of next Dodge Charger police car.

Chrysler is teasing the looks of its next-generation Dodge Charger…

Chrysler is teasing the looks of its next-generation Dodge Charger police car. We still haven’t seen the 2011 Charger on which it is based.

The car comes with a standard E85 ethanol-capable 3.6-liter V-6 engine with variable-valve timing. There will also be a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with a fuel-saving Multi-displacement system that shuts down cylinders when they aren’t needed.

Chrysler touts the Charger Pursuit’s tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency, but not it’s size, which has been killing sales. Some law enforcement agencies say it’s too small, at least compared to the Ford Crown Victoria that it would mostly replace. Charger faces off against coming police versions of the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Caprice, a version of what was formerly the Pontiac G8.

The car has all kinds of heavy-duty suspension and brake stuff that cops crave, and a new and an iconic design that makes any suspect stop in a panic. Departments can start ordering them next month.

Official Dodge Press Release:

2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit
August 24, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.

America’s high-performance police vehicle – the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit – has arrived, providing law-enforcement the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design that makes any suspect stop in a panic.

The all-new Dodge Charger Pursuit’s performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration make it hot-pursuit ready. For world-class ride and performance handling dynamics, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a rear-wheel drive design and redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries to deliver a smooth comfortable ride for law enforcement officers who spend long days protecting our streets.

Designed with the guidance of the brand’s Police Advisory Board, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s mobile-command interior features a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more.

Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect us with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver’s knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.

Behind its sinister face, the Dodge Charger Pursuit offers an all-new standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) and available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).

Source: USA Today

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  • Old Trooper

    Response to James P Mullins,

    James, your a retired police officer but then you turn around & slam on police & the soldiers that are fighting & dying for our country because they have to many “toys”. Sir you have a lot of nerve, you must be one of those old farts that’s living in the old days & think a can of whoop-ass will cure everything.

    I know times are tough financially all around but police officers need up dated equipment & firearms to be able to keep up w/ the bad guys. The days of the wheel gun are over. I to am a retired police officer & I carried the S&W 66 & 686 for a long time before changing over to the 4006, we didn’t have on board computers, video or even rat packs for each officer, I know several times I could have used one of those. These tools (not toys) are life saving & evidence gathering tools that help keep the officer safer & document crimes so that more bad guys in up in jail. The streets are getting tougher for all of the officers out there, the bad guys are carrying higher capacity weapons & most (at least in my state) are more brazen than they used to be. That’s most likely because the economy is getting worse & more people are getting addicted to meth & prescription meds. Also note that there are federal grants out there for agencies to get free money for their department & if the smaller departments will get in w/ the state agencies when they buy they can get significant discounts due to the numbers being purchased, at least that is the way it is in my state.

    As far as the Dodge Charger goes for a police car, they came around after I retired but I have had the chance to drive & ride in them. They are a little cramped when compared to the Crown Vics but they will get up & go, handle great, look awesome & are designed extremely well. If I was still working I would take on over the old Dodge Diplomats & Crown vics I used to drive.

  • Eric

    Jim brings up an interesting and very important point regarding “styles of policing” and how suppliers market to local and state agencies. This is still a relatively small market compared to mass consumer markets and Federal government markets, including the truly vast military market. However, the “cop” market remains “significant” nonetheless as a lot of money attracts various manufacturers and training providers. In and of itself, this is not a “bad thing” because techniques and procedures evolve (and even sometimes actually improve!) in their efficiency and effectiveness as crime changes because of larger changes in Society over time. Policy and policing must evolve with the times, but Jim is right to essentially note we — as citizens and taxpayers — should be mindful of costs compared to benefits. In the “minor” case of the article, I feel Jim is coming down a little too hard on the car (Hey, “taste” is in the eye of the beholder, buddy! I love it!!!), but, Jim’s posting brings up some much more important issues beyond the “flash-point” of gear that may be just “too cool for ‘mere’ Street Cops,” which is a common (often “snobbish”) point of debate in City Councils, purchasing committees, and other less official but often more powerful forums, little known to the public. I agree agencies are not officially in business to “intimidate” the law abiding majority (which is why “approach-and-demeanor” are an officer’s/agent’s most vital “tools” that are far more important than “cool gear” [Jim’s point, also]), but the “image” of the vehicle, may have other benefits, which includes intimidation of criminals (e.g., the “Don’t even try…” message of the car). However, regardless of all this, I believe, most importantly, Jim’s posting appears to reflect the reality of growing mistrust of government by the general public, so perhaps we should start considering a careful review, in “cultural study” terms, of the general “approach” to policing and how this is expressed by the thousands of agencies in the US. Jim’s point about “intimidation” is critical, but in a related way. I believe the civil unrest potential caused by the build-up of rage (in terms of “mass psychology”) is a vital but little considered topic. For example, rage can manifest on a mass scale, and it is the likely reaction to “long-term” intimidation which was “pent-up” over time. Perhaps, this was the true cause of the Watts Riots in the 1960s all the way to the Rodney King Riots in the 1990s as well as numerous other urban and even “country ‘riots’” of the recent past. Worse, these types of events can manifest on a much wider scale in the Future, given the 21st Century’s dangers of anarchy and chaos (e.g., Globalization wiping out whole economies…), so this means the issues Jim raises are of very practical importance. Perhaps we should consider how policing is approached and how the public reacts to it, so feelings of being intimidated don’t “build-up” over time and “spill-out?” Thanks, again, Jim, for raising these concerns. Lots to ponder… (oh, FYI: just minor jabbing on the car-crap!).

  • James P Mullin

    I don’t know about anyone else but i’m getting sick of police and military getting any expensive toys that they want.Use some restraint.Can the average taxpayer in your jurisdiction afford to buy that car? The city i live in,the cops carry thousands of dollars worth of equipment on their duty belts.the two cities bordering my city are more frugal.I’m ex police but i could get by with a 6 shot 357 mag and a crown vic.Before long cops will insist on bradley fighting vehicles.They probably already have them.You are COPS not SOLDIERS.Get back to serving the people not intimidating them. Jim

  • Eric

    Looks “way Cool!”