Dodge Has a New Police Car
Several car companies have made police versions of their vehicles over the years. Among the things the upgraded vehicles have is fast engines. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.’s (NYSE: FCAU) Dodge division has taken a vehicle that is already fast and modified it for law enforcement.
The Pursuit version of the Dodge Durango is the brand’s newest police vehicle. Unlike many police vehicles, it is a sport utility vehicle. The engine in the SUV is huge:
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI® V-8, coupled with a full-time, active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market. The Durango Pursuit also offers a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability and incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes that deliver a 60-0 mile per hour (mph) stopping distance of 134 feet.
The Dodge Durango Pursuit ironically has a fuel-saving feature built in to an eight-speed transmission. The SUV also has a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds, an air conditioner, a full spare tire and eight-way power adjusted seats. It is probably hard for individual buyers to get one. However, Dodge has supplied a phone number: (800) 999-3533. Dodge did not release a price.
The base Durango that Dodge will sell to anyone is the SXT model, which has a starting price of $29,995. The version that has an engine like the police model is the RT model. It has a 5.7L Hemi V-8. The starting price for the AWD version is $46,345. With the high-end technology and performance features that are available, the price rises to $50,520. It is a high-end, overpowered SUV. But for buyers who want a police vehicle, it won’t do.