Photography and video by: @2015 Toni Avery
It’s not every day that a civilian, like myself, is afforded the opportunity to drive around in Police vehicle. I had a week with this Charger Pursuit experiencing a little of what the men and women who serve do.
This Charger is equipped with a 5.7 L Hemi V8 producing 370 HP and 397 lb-ft of torque mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with AWD and stopping power provided by BR9 Heavy Duty Police Brakes.
Helping to make this Charger the ideal Police car, the suspension trades monotubes for nivomat shocks with load leveling designed for far more laden weight. The brakes come with larger rotors, Pursuit rated linings with low fade and cop cycle requirements plus some improved cooling. All this, plus the P225/60R18 Goodyear Eagle RSA tires make for an optimally outfitted police car, while there are a few additional options that can be added as well.
While this may not be the fastest or the quickest car I tested in 2015, it has been one of the most fun for all the gadgets and power it yields simply driving down the road. Acceleration was adequate with around a six second 0-60 time. Handing was also adequate as the curb weight (ranging from 3934-4575 depending on trim level and how equipped) really affected the car’s performance potential. I thankfully never had to really use the full capacity of the brakes, while they did perform as expected with positive pressure.
It was pretty entertaining just watching people adjust their driving habits while in the Charger Pursuit. One of the best moments was watching someone preparing to turn left without a signal and as I drove up behind, the turn signal just happened to turn on. I also got a couple thumbs up and most of all, awkward stares.
Inside the Charger Pursuit are black cloth seats with a control pad for all the Police lights/sirens functions and a column shifter.
While the interior is quite plain, there’s a lot more to this car than an optional leather wrapped steering wheel. The light bar and sirens are controlled from the center console panel in additional to the Spot Lamps (on the A-pillars, with a flip switch), which can be angled and maneuvered from the inside. I was only able to use the sirens and lights while on private property, but as seen in the video review (below) it never got old pushing each of the buttons and showing off the various sounds and lights to friends.
The exterior is finished in the classic black and white police theme. The hood features a “Dodge Law Enforcement” logo in addition to the words “Charger Pursuit” and “911” on the sides of the vehicle.
Additional Police themed gear includes steel black wheels, Spot Lamps and the Overhead Lights.
Typically when rating a press vehicle, driving enjoyment and interior/exterior quality are some of the most important items on my list. Being that this Charger is a completely different animal, my rating for it isn’t based off of the just mentioned qualities. The below rating is therefore based upon the functions provided with this vehicle in addition to the fun experienced using these functions.
2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit
Options: Spot Lamps, Mopar Base Prep Package,
Overhead Lights and Siren
Total Price: Ordering available through FCA Fleet Operations
Fuel Economy: 15 City, 23 Highway, 18 Combined
GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit an overall rating of (out of 5 total):