2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V8 records fastest lap time ever in Michigan State Police’s tests

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Both Chevrolet and Ford boasted their performance numbers from the Michigan State Police’s tests a few days ago, with each claiming victorious in one field or another, and Dodge is not about to stand idle on the sideline with its Dodge Charger Pursuit police car.

Dodge has finally broken the silence and came out with its performance numbers at the Michigan State Police field test on its Charger Pursuit V8. According to Dodge, the Charger Pursuit is the fastest out of the three. As a matter of fact, it is the fastest in the history of Michigan State Police’s vehicle evaluation, with the lap time ever recorded at 1:33.7.

“Achieving the fastest-ever lap time at the Michigan State Police’s annual Police Vehicle Evaluation test reflects the mission of the Dodge Charger Pursuit Team to equip our law enforcement officials with the absolute best combination of vehicle performance and tactical equipment,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “Even more impressive is that all four Michigan State Police Vehicle Test Team drivers averaged their fastest times in the Charger Pursuit – reinforcing the driver confidence provided when world-class acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics are combined.”

The Dodge Charger Pursuit V8 model makes 370 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, and has a “0-60 mph” time of 5.8 seconds. It has an estimated fuel economy of up to 25 highway mpg. While the Charge Pursuit V6 model produces 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with a lap time of 1:37.71, and it offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 highway mpg.

Both the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and the Ford Police Interceptor may have better top speed, braking, and fuel economy, but the Charger has shown that it can give a good chase at taking down the bad guys.