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Poll: Best police vehicle?
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Dodge Charger Pursuit 66.67% 8 66.67%
Dodge Durango Special Service 0% 0 0%
Ford Police Interceptor sedan 16.67% 2 16.67%
Ford Police Interceptor utility 0% 0 0%
Chevrolet Caprice PPV 16.67% 2 16.67%
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Best high-performance police vehicle?
05-29-2012, 02:28 PM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2012 02:58 PM by carfanatics.)
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Best high-performance police vehicle?
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Photo credit: Ford, General Motors, Chrysler
May 29, 2012
By: CF staff

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Dodge Charger Pursuit
America’s high-performance police vehicle — the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit —provides law-enforcement with the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design.

New for 2012, Dodge Charger Pursuit offers six all-new quality-tested and factory-installed police-equipment packages backed by the factory. In addition, 24 free-standing options allow for the customer to equip the Charger Pursuit to his or her specification.

The Dodge Charger features two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency.

Engineered to perform, the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 highway mpg. For best-in-class power, the Charger Pursuit’s legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology delivers 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in under 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg.

With superior ride and handling, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features Chrysler Group’s second-generation large car rear-wheel-drive architecture with performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling Nivomat shocks, 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).

Developed with the guidance of the brand’s Police Advisory Board, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a mobile-command interior with unique features, including a Vehicle Systems Interface Module for easy equipment integration, heavy-duty police-duty front seats and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick.

In addition to its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” the Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers and driver’s knee bag.
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Dodge Durango Special Service
The Dodge Durango Special Service carries all of the SUV’s class-leading utility, such as available 7,400-pound towing capacity, more than 550-mile driving range with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and available 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive, the Dodge Durango Special Service model comes with the following additional components designed for the rigors of daily fleet use: A heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler.

A 5-year/100,000-mile fully transferrable powertrain warranty helps eliminate worry of any repair costs to the covered components.

Dodge Durango Special Service also has a customizable rear cargo area with under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side compartments. Further modifications include a special service interior dome lamp and headliner, spot lamp wiring prep and the deletion of the third row of seats for more cargo capacity. Even with the deletion of the third row, the second row still has separate air conditioning and heat controls.

These modifications make the already stout Durango more than capable of handling daily fleet use.

Dodge Durango is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” and Special Service models offer customers the same 45 safety and security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation (ERM), Hill-start Assist and standard Trailer-sway Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities. Other standard safety and security features include seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in the front row. The curtain air bag extends protection to second and third-row passengers (third-row seating deleted in Special Service models). Durango also includes standard front-row active head restraints. Read more.

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Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles

The base 3.5-liter V6 in the Police Interceptor sedan delivers 288 horsepower and EPA-certified fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. Compared to the Crown Victoria – America’s top-selling law enforcement vehicle for the past 15 years – the Police Interceptor sedan offers an improvement of 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway, and 38 more horsepower.

The optional EcoBoost® 3.5-liter V6 in the all-wheel-drive Police Interceptor sedan is rated at 365 horsepower and is EPA-certified at 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway. In recent Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department testing, the EcoBoost Police Interceptor beat all competitive police cars from General Motors and Chrysler in 0-60 mph acceleration tests.

The Police Interceptor utility is built with a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 304 horsepower. The EPA rating of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway is best in class, topping the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. The Police Interceptor utility easily out-accelerated the V8-powered Tahoe in the LASD tests, reaching 60 mph in 8.4 seconds compared with 9.5 seconds for the Tahoe.

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Chevrolet Caprice PPV

The new LFX 3.6L V-6 becomes the standard engine in the 2012 Caprice PPV, with the 6.0L V-8 optional (no charge).

The 301-horsepower (224 kW) LFX is a 60-degree design, with the cylinder block and cylinder heads cast in aluminum for low weight. A forged steel crankshaft provides optimal strength in the bottom end, while the cylinder heads include four valves per cylinder, with a dual overhead camshaft design incorporating continuously variable valve timing.

Additionally, optimized-flow fuel injectors and the integrated exhaust manifolds/cylinder heads promote lower emissions. The LFX’s composite intake manifold also has a comparatively small radiated surface area to help it maintain excellent noise and vibration characteristics. The direct injection fuel system enables greater performance and efficiency, giving it horsepower that even some V-8s didn’t offer only a few years ago.

The Caprice PPV’s 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at 355 horsepower (268 kW) and 384 lb-ft of torque (521 Nm). It features Active Fuel Management technology, which helps save gas by allowing the engine to operate on only four cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions, saving the fuel normally used to drive all eight cylinders. It is also E85-capable.

Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance-calibrated for police duty. It features the Sport Mode feature, which delays upshifts and allows earlier downshifts when maximum engine power and transmission responsiveness is desired. Its unique calibration allows the transmission to “understand” driving conditions and select the appropriate gear, even through tight turns, and provides the optimum engine torque.
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05-29-2012, 02:32 PM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
Where is the option for the one that doesn't give me a ticket??

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05-29-2012, 03:33 PM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
What I want to know, is why some municipalities would stick it to the taxpayer, for the nicer looking Aluminum wheels, that are not nearly as rugged as steel.


Short of that, they are all capable. But the Ford vehicles get the best mileage, and taxpayers like that. I know i do. But if I were to try to escape from the police, I would want chevy chasing me rofl

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05-29-2012, 04:57 PM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
McLovin;208666 Wrote:What I want to know, is why some municipalities would stick it to the taxpayer, for the nicer looking Aluminum wheels, that are not nearly as rugged as steel.


Short of that, they are all capable. But the Ford vehicles get the best mileage, and taxpayers like that. I know i do. But if I were to try to escape from the police, I would want chevy chasing me rofl

i'll agree with you here, except for your incorrect fuel mileage statement.
The Charger best's the Interceptor in both normal and high power engines...

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05-29-2012, 05:44 PM
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The Civilian SHO bests the Civilian Charger on the HWY by 1mpg..... how in the hell does the PI drop 3mpg over the Civi' version?wtf

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05-29-2012, 06:03 PM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2012 06:05 PM by Gixser995.)
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
I've been looking on Police forums, and many cops actually prefer the Caprice. It's more like the next Crown Vic than the Charger and Taurus. It has a much larger interior than the either two, and police want interior room above most everything. That's why before the CV went out of commission, they were buying as many as they could. The Cops loved the interior volume, and simplicity even though it wasn't really fast, or maneuverable, or fuel efficient.

Many have said the Taurus is too cramped, but best for northern climates. Also, while the Charger is the fastest, and best to drive, many have also said it does have more issues than the others.

Also, many departments are having issues with order fulfillment on the Caprice. Some are at over 6 months wait, and it's really hurting GM. If it takes this long to get the car, how obtainable will the parts be?

However, California Highway Patrol is switching over to all Explorers.

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05-29-2012, 06:44 PM
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Caprice PPV, for obvious reasons.

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05-29-2012, 06:50 PM
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docCarter;208763 Wrote:Caprice PPV, for obvious reasons.

Just because the Caprice is Zeta based doesn't make it the best high performance choice.

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05-29-2012, 07:42 PM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
I still want to know why there is a MPG discrepancy between the Civilian SHO and the Police Interceptor.... Typo?idk

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05-29-2012, 08:36 PM
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Chevroletguy;208765 Wrote:
docCarter;208763 Wrote:Caprice PPV, for obvious reasons.

Just because the Caprice is Zeta based doesn't make it the best high performance choice.

It combines the most interior volume with the stiffest, most tossable chassis.

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05-30-2012, 04:09 AM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
Crapice PPV





rofl

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If I understand this correctly, the vastly improved 2015 Mustang now weighs only 200 pounds less than the Camaro.

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05-30-2012, 05:54 AM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
They say the biggest trends start out on the west coast,

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/29/ponch...-intercep/

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If I understand this correctly, the vastly improved 2015 Mustang now weighs only 200 pounds less than the Camaro.

-The 'Burg
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05-30-2012, 05:54 AM
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
They say the biggest trends start out on the west coast,

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/29/ponch...-intercep/

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If I understand this correctly, the vastly improved 2015 Mustang now weighs only 200 pounds less than the Camaro.

-The 'Burg
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05-30-2012, 11:55 AM (This post was last modified: 05-30-2012 11:57 AM by Gixser995.)
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RE: Best high-performance police vehicle?
docCarter;208785 Wrote:
Chevroletguy;208765 Wrote:
docCarter;208763 Wrote:Caprice PPV, for obvious reasons.

Just because the Caprice is Zeta based doesn't make it the best high performance choice.

It combines the most interior volume with the stiffest, most tossable chassis.

Like I said, the majority of cops on any police forum agree the Charger is the best handling car, but the previous model was about as reliable as your drunk uncle.

If I had a choice, though, I'd go with the Supercharged Marauders Florida Highway Patrol has.
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05-30-2012, 01:57 PM
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McLovin;208852 Wrote:Crapice PPV

rofl

Shut up janitor, it was built for this job. The Taurus is the rebadged-Volvo turd of the group.

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