2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit -- Laying down the law, quickly

By KBB.com Editors on August 24, 2010 12:50 PM

Chrysler Group has become the latest automaker to throw its hat into the lucrative police cruiser market with the imminent arrival of the new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit. Although it has yet to release technical information and photos of civilian versions of 2011 Charger, this less-than-fully-revealing image does provide at least a glimpse of what lies ahead there, as well. Available only through the automaker's fleet operations starting next month, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit has been fully tricked out to accommodate all of the unique needs of law enforcement types across the country as it vies for its share of the cop-car business against the likes of the new Chevrolet Caprice PPV and Ford Taurus Police Interceptor specials.

Although the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit comes standard with Chrysler's new E85-capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, it offers the 5.7-liter Hemi V -- with the econo-enhancing Multi-Displacement System (MDS) -- as an option. Both engines will be backed by an Auto Stick automatic transmission with a column-mounted shift lever. To optimize at-the-limit handling dynamics, this rear-drive sedan also gets a heavy-duty performance suspension with recalibrated geometry and bigger anti-roll bars, a two-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, upgraded anti-lock disc brakes and 18-inch performance tires on rugged steel wheels.

The cabin of the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit was created with guidance from the brand's Police Advisory Board. Designed to function as a mobile command center, it boasts a Police Interface Module that allows for easy integration of computers and other specialized hardware, police-duty front seats and red/white LED interior lighting to accommodate night-vision equipment. Safety touches include multistage driver/front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, and a driver's knee bag. Jake and Elwood would be proud.