There are new rumors floating around the country that crime rates are expected to drop, and more than a few prospective criminals were seen crying.


On Sept. 20, 2011, the Michigan State Police conducted its annual Vehicle Evaluation tests. It's an objective, head-to-head evaluation of the best police cars from Chrysler Group, General Motors and Ford. While the Michigan State Police does have preliminary results from the MSP Vehicle Evaluation, official results are not yet out.


However, we have it from  trusted sources* that the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car was the standout. (*Most of you will realize that, since this is the Chrysler Group blog, those sources are our own people involved in the Charger Pursuit fleet.)


The highlight of the MSP's Vehicle Evaluation was one of the laps turned in by the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8: It chased the two-mile, closed course at Grattan Raceway** in 1:33.70 -- the fastest lap ever in test history.


“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," said VP of Network Development and Fleet Peter Grady.


In fact, the Charger Pursuit V-8 bested all other police cars in the following rapid acceleration categories:

  • 0-to-60 mph: 5.83 sec
  • 0-to-70 mph: 7.38 sec
  • 0-to-80 mph: 9.18 sec
  • 0-to-90 mph: 11.43 sec
  • 0-to-100 mph: 13.65 sec


One of the Charger Pursuit V-8's sibling also held its own on the Grattan Raceway course:

  • The 292-horsepower Charger Pursuit V-6 models averaged the fastest times for naturally aspirated (1:37.71) and E-85 capable (1:37.57) six-cylinder police cars.


Now, before you go thinking we're just touting the police vehicle in the daily fight against crime, we all know that the police car is just a tool. Just like an officer's firearm. The true "high-performancers" in keeping us safe are the men and women in law enforcement.


Every second of every day, those men and women put their lives on the line to keep us safe and work hard to serve up justice. Everyone connected with the Dodge Charger Pursuit police car and throughout Chrysler Group salute and thank them.


For a look at the action at the MSP annual Vehicle Evaluation Test, see the video below. You also can check out our 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles on Flickr.



**Grattan Raceway, Belding, Mich., describes its 2 mile long road course as "a winding, hilly, complex assortment of almost every conceivable corner imaginable for a road course. The 10 turns include both uphill ascending radius turns, a flat out dog leg off the 160 degree hairpin turn, a hidden apex, a monza bowl, ESS turns,and even a challenging downhill reverse camber turn."