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.