Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD
Dodge Charger police car needed to update itself to keep up the game with Ford’s interceptor var, which not only has all-wheel-drive, it’s not also more powerful.
So Dodge gave the Pursuit an all-wheel-drive and a powerful HEMI V8. It gets a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system automatically enables AWD for slick conditions, while maintaining the outstanding performance and handling inherent in a rear-wheel- drive (RWD) architecture.
As for the engine, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine unleashes 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg with innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology. For economy-minded departments, Dodge also offers the V6 version which does a few more miles to the gallon, and can also run on E85. But obviously it’s slower than the big V8 version.
“Adding available all-wheel-drive capability to the already popular Dodge Charger Pursuit will broaden the Charger’s appeal to police departments that are accustomed to dealing with rough winters and adverse weather conditions,” said Peter Grady, Vice President – Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “With the Charger Pursuit now offering dual capability of both rear- and all-wheel-drive, we’ll be able to meet the needs of our police fleet customers across the country.”
The Dodge Charger’s AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system that better balances performance and fuel economy.
“The Dodge Charger offers the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in its class,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “Only Charger offers a front-axle disconnect that seamlessly transitions from the outstanding performance and handling of rear-wheel drive to the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive, with class-leading fuel economy and iconic styling.”
Chrysler Group engineers have already started testing the Dodge Charger Pursuit with the AWD system. The vehicle will meet the police pursuit durability cycle set for RWD models that ensures the car can reliably handle the extreme conditions seen in police use. Police fleet customers will be able to start ordering the Dodge Charger Pursuit with AWD for the 2014 model year.