It may not be a good idea to try and drag race a Dodge Charger just because it’s ’got Hemi in it’. No matter if you win or lose, you may wind up in jail now that Dodge has introduced its latest Charger police package, including the new-generation 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.
With the new 5.7-liter Hemi, the 2009 Dodge Charger produces 368 robber-busting horses and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. Because of cylinder deactivation, the Charger should be able to achieve a fuel rating of 16 city/25 highway.
Dodge claims that the Charger is the only police vehicle that offers best-in-class performance in four key pursuit categories: available power, acceleration, top speed and vehicle dynamics (although Ford and Chevy probably have persuasive arguments for their own paddy wagons as well.) But one thing the other two domestics can’t claim is patrolling the streets of Kuwait .
Press release after the jump.
The new 2009 Dodge Charger police car is ready to patrol the streets with the ultimate in pursuit power – the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine. The new engine will give the good guys more horses under the hood and even better fuel economy.
“With rear-wheel drive and HEMI power at the pavement, our new 2009 Dodge Charger provides optimum police car pursuit performance,” said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand Marketing. “Dodge has a strong police car heritage, and we are proud to offer a vehicle armed with modern muscle and cutting-edge technology to help law enforcement agencies perform their duties.”
With the new 5.7-liter HEMI, the 2009 Dodge Charger is the most powerful production police vehicle on the road, producing 368 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2009 Dodge Charger is the only police vehicle that offers best-in-class performance in four key pursuit categories: available power, acceleration, top speed and vehicle dynamics.
With a fuel economy rating of 16 city/25 highway, the new HEMI engine also gets up to 20 percent better fuel economy with the addition of fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology, which deactivates four of the eight cylinders when less power is needed while cruising.
“Our fuel-saving MDS technology functions so smoothly that officers won’t notice when four of the eight cylinders are deactivated, but they’ll always have the power of the V8 when they need it,” said Roxie Thomas, Senior Manager — Government Sales.
The 2009 Dodge Charger police car comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick® mated to a powerful, 3.5-liter High-Output V-6 engine that provides 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, offering an outstanding blend of performance and fuel economy (16 city/25 highway).
The Dodge Charger police vehicle was designed from the ground up in order to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. Police-specific features include greater stability and improved handling achieved through a “wheels-to-the-corners” design; performance-tuned steering and suspension; convenient shifter mounted on the instrument panel to make room for police equipment in the center console area; police interior lighting shines white to illuminate the interior and red for use with night vision equipment; heavy-duty seats accommodate fully equipped officers; and a spacious trunk.
The Dodge Charger police vehicle comes equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), a segment exclusive that includes Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), All-speed traction control, Yaw Sensor and Steering Angle Sensor. ESP electronically detects and automatically assists drivers in critical driving situations, including adverse conditions. ESP works by constantly comparing the driver’s intended course with the vehicle’s actual course, detecting differences, applying the brakes to individual wheels and controlling engine power in order to help keep the vehicle on its intended path. Dodge Charger is also equipped with Brake Assist, which helps apply maximum braking power in emergency situations.
Both passive and active safety features are incorporated into the 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicle. These features include unibody steel construction; standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags; available supplemental side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted air bags; best-in-class braking from 60 mph to zero in 135 feet*; and mid-vehicle-mounted saddlebag gas tank.
Standard features on the 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicle include the following items of particular importance to law enforcement customers:
* 3.5-liter High-Output V6 engine with 250 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque
* 160-amp high-output alternator
* 160-mph or 260–km/h(certified) calibrated speedometer
* 18 x 7.5-inch steel wheels
* 800 CCA battery
* AM/FM radio with CD player, changer controls, four speakers and clock with auxiliary audio input jack
* Bright hubcaps
* Easy Path Wiring Grommet between underhood and passenger compartments
* External oil coolers
* Four-wheel disc heavy-duty antilock brakes with all-speed traction control
* Four-wheel independent performance suspension
* Heavy-duty cloth front bucket seats with manual lumbar and a cloth rear bench seat
* Column-mounted shift lever
* Load-leveling, height-control shock absorbers
* P225/60R18 BSW V-rated performance tires
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Brake Assist and all-speed traction control
* Police performance-tuned steering
* Trunk-lid key lock cylinder
* Separate key and key fob
* Severe-duty cooling system
* Independently switched red/white LED dome lamp
Additional standard features and optional equipment are available on the 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicle in order to provide law enforcement customers an affordable vehicle with industry-leading innovations that make upfitting the vehicle faster and safer.