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American Police Interceptor On The Unrestricted Autobahn

The German Polizei was never gonna come after this Dodge Charger Pursuit for going flat out a.k.a SCHNELL because triple-digit speeds are totally legal in Deutschland (for the most part)

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This is a video by Max who runs ’TopSpeed Germany’, (not related to TopSpeed.com, but I guess we share the same passion for speed) maxed out a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T out on the Autobahn. This wasn’t any old Charger, but one that appears to be a used Police Interceptor.

Overview

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But it looks like the car in question isn’t just another Charger, but a Police Interceptor that has been retired from service

In all likelihood, if you’re reading this, you’re probably a gearhead. So, what I’m about to tell you should make complete sense. Imagine this - you decide to pop over the pond onto the old continent in order to fulfill your lifelong urge to satisfy your hunger for speed on the German Autobahn.

While you’re at it, to your surprise, you find a Police Interceptor flashing its lights in your mirrors, and you go ’Not Here’ until you realize, ’Wait a minute, I’m in Germany’. Well, that is exactly what some folks out there would have experienced, a police car on their tail, that wasn’t the German Polizei.

The Ride - 2012 Dodge Charger R/T Pursuit

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Max from TopSpeed Germany decided to stretch this 2012 Dodge Charger R/T to the VMAX on the Autobahn

I’ve been following Max for a while now and it’s mostly German cars that he generally features on his channel, but I guess he just couldn’t ignore this brute and here we are. It appears that this car was a former Police Charger, that has now retired from service. As a result, some of - if not most of - the standard equipment that you’d find in your typical cop car is missing. These old Police Interceptors are generally auctioned off after they run their course. However, one look at it from the outside and you wouldn’t mistake this for anything but a police car.

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Under the hood of the Charger R/T lies a 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 that puts out a modest 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a five-speed auto.

The Road

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The German Autobahn or public highway network is renowned for having no speed limits

The Autobahn Network becakoned. This really is the Mecca of the speed freak. You can go as fast as your car will allow you to go and it’s completely legal. However, not all of it is unrestricted and there are several sections where the speed is indeed limited. There is a recommended limit of around 130 kph or about 80 miles. This website has a map of all the fun bits without the speed limits in case you do one day decide to go do it yourself.

The Autobahn Run


Enough talk, let’s see what the 5.7 HEMI V-8 can do out on the open road. With the quick walk around complete, it was time to head towards the open road, and before you know it, the Police Charger was on the on-ramp of the Autobahn. But, instead of going flat out from the get-go, Max first did a proper launch. Strangely, a guy in a Tiguan sounded his horn and it was pedal to the metal in the Dodge from that point.

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From the dig, Max was able to push the Charger 5.7-L HEMI V-8 with 370 ponies to 130 mph

Now, one thing to note is that although there aren’t any speed limits, you can only overtake on the inside lane, the fast lane, and people diligently move out of the way to keep it clear for faster-moving traffic. Coming back to the Charger, from the dig, Max was able to get it up to 130 mph, before hitting some traffic. Turning around at the next intersection and heading back the other way proved to be more fruitful in that it wasn’t as busy, however, 130 was the best that this HEMI could manage.

Final Thoughts

American Police Interceptor On The Unrestricted Autobahn
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But it looks like the car in question isn’t just another Charger, but a Police Interceptor that has been retired from service

That was quite a lot of fun to watch, wasn’t it? However, I guess that it was never really a police car, to begin with, but rather a car that just appears to be one with all the stickering and the overhead lights. My research found that cop Chargers are governed at 150+mph and not 130. Another hint that this was indeed was a civilian version was the absence of a column shifter.

As for the Autobahn, in light of the war in Ukraine and to cut back on Russian gas imports, the green party out there wants to begin enforcing nationwide speed limits.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers a stick shift over an auto any day.  Read full bio
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