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Police Charger Goes After A Hellcat Redeye

This was, of course, within the safe confines of a drag strip

You’ve probably seen those police car pursuits on TV where there’s some daredevil burning rubber down the Interstate with a dozen or so highway patrol units on his or her tail. While they can be great fun to watch, some people risk their own lives and also of those around them, just to get an adrenalin rush, that is the last thing you want to do.

This is why authorities organize ’Take It To The Track’ events at local drag strips, where you can experience that same thrill, within the safe confines of a drag strip. The cops will even turn the lights on for you and everything. Here’s revisiting an old video by Wheels when a state trooper Charger took on a couple of Hellcats at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dodge has offered pursuit Chargers since 2006. The Police car on track was a Dodge Charger Pursuit, like the one pictured above. Dodge offers two variants of the Pursuit model. A RWD-based V-8 variant for just over $36,000. Two more grand and you can have AWD that features a V-6. Now, obviously, the cop car is going to be more than the base Civilian model ($31k), thanks to all the additional equipment including the bill bar, wig wag lights, flashers, and other emergency lights.

I can’t confirm if the State Trooper here was the V-6 or the V-8. The 3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6 with AWD puts out 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7 HEMI V-8 meanwhile produces 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

Here’s Marspeed on everything you need to know about Chargers that are part of the Police force:

Dodge Challenger Redeye Hellcat

Police Charger Goes After A Hellcat Redeye
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The Hellcat as you probably already know features a 6.2-Liter Supercharged HEMI V-8 that puts out 797 ho and 707 lb-ft, with power going to the rear wheels via an 8-Speed Auto

At the other end, you’ve got a Dodge Challenger Hellcat wide body. Now the Hellcat Redeye sits just below the Demon. While you might already be familiar with the numbers, here’s a quick refresher. A 6.2-Liter supercharged V-8 engine, that puts out a whopping 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

The Race

Off the line, it looks like the driver in the Hellcat gave the Charger a hit, before eventually giving it the beans. The Charger, by this time, was also at full chat, with its lights flashing away in hot pursuit. The Challenger punched in a time of 12.27 seconds at 119.38 mph, with the cop car covering the same distance in 16.53 seconds at 86.71 mph.

A bonus round saw the Police charger go up against another Hellcat, but this pass looked more like a gentle cruise towards the line, more than anything else.

To sum it up

A couple of unmodified stock police cars vs Hellcats, this was never really about which side one, but rather it was just about having a fun day out in a safe environment and discourage illegal street racing.

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 stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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