Dodge Charger Formulates a Fully Charged Police Mobile

by : Shane Morgay

Dodge proudly unleashed its recent incarnation of Charger. This time around, the automaker is breaking away from fleet sales and moving toward the fairly rewarding law enforcement vehicle manufacture. Since the inception of said vehicle, there were really no good options. Hence, Dodge formulated its new Charger to look ruggedly powerful in black and white while being utilized by the police force in chasing criminals.

Early this year, DaimlerChrysler released its latest police version of Dodge Charger, which has debuted at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Said model features police-performance Electronic Stability Program, severe-duty cooling system, upgraded heavy-duty brakes and police performance-tuned steering. The police vehicle is also equipped with steel plate suitable for mounting radio equipment and controllers for police sirens and lights.

The base police package uses the 3.5 L V6 engine and bright center hubcaps. Optional and auto parts include the 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine, black vinyl floor covering, emergency rear door lock override, Engine Block Heater, full bolt-on wheel covers, and more.

Law enforcement agencies have earlier announced that they are purchasing 65,000 to 70,000 vehicles annually. This yearly purchase will be part of their multiyear contracts. Among the vehicles that these agencies are eyeing at is Dodge's police Charger, which has an MSRP of $26,825.

In one of the interviews, a Washington State Patrol officer said, "It may replace the Ford Crown Victoria, I just don't know." Crown Victoria is so far the unquestionable king of the cop car fleet. Some critics are saying that it is the only reason why Ford is still manufacturing it. In fact, in 2005, out of 63,939-manufactured Crown Victoria, 50,000 were police vehicles.

Dodge has started selling police versions of Charger last year and its transactions are making a dent in Ford sales. Dodge Charger is a rear-wheel drive, full-size 4-door sedan which was manufactured by DaimlerChrysler Corporation for its North American Dodge brand. Charger has etched a historical name in the automotive world. The latest version of Charger was introduced in February 2005. Said model shares the LX platform of Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300. Additionally, the interior of Charger is identical to that of Magnum's.