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Here’s some more bad news for the bad guys out there: Chrysler has unveiled the 2011 Charger Pursuit and will begin taking orders for them in September. The new car combines tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency, and an iconic design.

The 2011 Charger Pursuit comes with 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). The interior will get 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. Adding to the safety of the vehicle will be 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.

The 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit is powered by 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).

How do you guys think the Dodge Charger Pursuit will hold up against the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car ? Hit us up in the comments section below.

UPDATE 09/24/2011: During a recent test drive, the Dodge Charger Pursuit established a new record time at Michigan State Police’s (MSP) annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests. The car ran the Grattan Raceway in an impressive time of 1:33.70.

That wasn’t the only feat either. The new Charger Pursuit also scored impressive sprint times during its evaluation: 0-to-60 mph in 5.83 seconds, 0-to-70 mph in 7.38 seconds, 0-to-80 mph in 9.18 seconds, 0-to-90 mph in 11.43 seconds, and 0-to-100 mph in 13.65 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

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It’s about that time, folks. The time for police officers to ride in style while they capture the miscreants that roam our cities. The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will be seen on the streets starting in April 2011. Before that officers can order the Caprice PPV detective package (9C3) in October 2010. The police package (9C1) can be ordered starting in January 2011 before the vehicles start their service in June 2011.

The Caprice police car is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine producing 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has the appeal of Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. Those features will come in handy when patrolling the streets as will the full-width prisoner partition when the police officers have “guests” in the backseat.

The PPV comes with tons of standard equipment to help out the boys in blue including 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps, large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, police-calibrated stability control system and special equipment packages such as spotlights and a little something called “Trap Speed”. This feature captures speed when tracking/pacing other vehicles.

Hit the jump for the press release containing full specs for the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle.

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As much as we love, or hate, the police, they have always had the most fantastic cars. Sure they are big boats, but they can keep up with most sports cars. The next generation of police cruisers is upon us and this one is from Chevrolet. It’s called the Caprice PPV and it will get an old school motor under the hood. The Ford Taurus cop car will get a fancy EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6, but in typical GM fashion, the Caprice will get a 6.0-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. One would think that with that many liters and that many cylinders GM would be able to get a bit more power out of the big V8.

We already know what to expect with the normal car, but we are anxious to find out what kinds of toys will be offered on the “Detective Package”. The car will get an undercover look, which is great because it shows us what the car might look like when it goes on sale for us normal folks.

The car will use the same underpinnings as the normal Police PPV and there will be seven colors available.

Be sure to look at the pictures below for a look at what the car has to offer.

The future of the next-generation police interceptor took a significant step towards reality after Carbon Motors announced, in their latest newsletter, that it has received over 14,000 reservations for the custom-built E7 police car .

While the figure is pretty significant, it’s still wise to temper expectations in the actual sales volume of the car especially since nobody has given any indication that they have signed up to buy the E7. The biggest reason behind the lack of firm orders for the E7? The price tag for one unit has yet to be revealed by the boys over at Carbon Motors.

Given what we already know about the car and its multitude of unique and high-tech features, it goes without saying that the price for one will be significantly more expensive than any of the new police cruisers out on the market today.

As of now, the 14,000 reservations have come from over 400 police agencies all over the country and, given the expected gargantuan cost to pick up one of these Demolition Man-like cruisers, we’re not pinning our hopes on having all of those 14,000 reservations turn into firm orders.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Carbon Motors

The police officers in Sydney have just received a new member to their fleet: the Alfa Romeo Mito . Painted in white with blue check stripes, the new Mito police car has been chosen because it attracts a lot of attention and is a talking point; meaning the police use it to connect with communities and build stronger relationships.

"When it comes to visibility, the MiTo has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car, with its primary role as providing a talking point from which we can discuss road safety." – Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd, said. "We see this as practical and highly cost effective way that we can play our role in a safer community for everyone. Our cars assist the Police in making contact with a wide range of people so they can discuss and offer help with road safety and crime prevention, as well as providing the practical assistance of transport. We believe that this is a very positive role that we can play in the community."

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: Car Advice

Police vehicles seem to be all over the news lately and the cars seem to be getting sweeter and sweeter with every headline. Of course, it’s no surprise that Germany has opted for another BMW model for their next police car. They prefer to use vehicles that have been built on their own soil sych as Volkswagen , Mercedes , BMW , Audi , and Opel . The German police are currently testing a prototype of a new emergency vehicle based on the BMW X3 and developed in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, the highway police, and the police unions.

The BMW X3 Police car is distinguished by powerful and novel arranged LED lights in both the closed and opened tailgate. There are also striking LED tail-speed cameras at the side of the vehicle and at the bottom of the tailgate. Additional signal effect is achieved by a reflective luggage grid with foil and other indicators. In addition, the entire lower area of the tailgate is coated with a reflective foil. The front end has optimum visibility. For this purpose, two front flashers were integrated below the BMW kidney and another LED signal unit in the middle of the windshield.

The innovative safety concept was implemented on a BMW X3 xDrive30d powered by a 218 hp straight-six diesel engine. The intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive offers the highest stability and optimum traction under all operating conditions.

Bad guys, watch out! The new Jaguar XF Diesel S is under patrol! Seven Jaguars were chosen by the Central Motorway Police Group to patrol in Staffordshire, Mercia and the West Midlands. The Jaguar was chosen due to its fuel economy (42mpg), CO2 rating (179 g/km), and residual value retention (80% after 1 year/14K and 45% after 3 years/60K).

The police car features: roof mounted light bar with 3600 blue flashing lights and integrated side alley lights, blue and white flashing LED lights inside the front grille, side mounted blue flashing LED lights, blue and red flashing LED lights integrated in the rear light clusters and a Home Office-specification electronics ’Police pack’. Yeah, that’s a lot of lights.

The Jaguar XF Diesel S is powered by a 3.0-liter AJ-V6D Gen III diesel engine that delivers 275 hp. The Diesel S accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The residents of the Midlands should look out for this impressive new police cruiser, not that anyone could miss it!

Press release after the jump.

We hold our police troopers in high regard here for the services they provide in ensuring the safety of commuters all over the country.

That being said, you’re going to have to forgive us if we find this photo a little amusing, not to mention, embarassing for those Texas Highway patrolmen.

Apparently, the very people that keep us drivers in line when we’re out on the road aren’t as admirable as we think, especially when they commit one of the cardinal sins when operating a car: don’t leave your keys inside when you lock your car.

Yep, the picture pretty much speaks for itself.

Source: Jalopnik

Vauxahall Astra has a very long history as a police car ever since its first introduction in 1979. And the new generation Astra continues this long tradition as a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

The new Astra Police car will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom. It will also get mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations, a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

Press release after the jump.

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Attention all you lead foot drivers (shoot, that’s me)! Speed racers, slow down and listen (okay, okay, I’m listening)! Gone are the days when the boys in blue allowed for a 5-10mph “cushion” for speeders. Ever since the recession started, it seems that police officers and state troopers everywhere are attempting to fill in the gaps of their budgets with speeding tickets.

"Most people, if they’re stopped now, are getting a ticket even if it’s only a minor violation of a few miles per hour," says James Baxter,president of the National Motorists Association, a Wisconsin-based drivers’ rights group.

"…not only are the (speeding) tolerances much lower, but the frequency of a warning instead of a ticket is way down," says Baxter.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: USA Today

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