The Chrysler Group has announced that the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit All Wheel Drive has set a new Michigan State Police testing procedure record for the fastest lap around Grattan Raceway. The 2014 Charger Pursuit AWD lapped the test track in 1:33.85 seconds – which is the second fastest lap ever during the Michigan State Police testing behind the rear wheel drive Charger Pursuit which lapped Grattan in 1:33.70. The record for the fastest all wheel drive police car had formerly been held by the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan which is based closely on the high performance Ford Taurus SHO. MSP has not announced the full results from the 2014 model year testing but with the Chrysler Group bragging that their all wheel drive Charger was the first AWD car to come in under 1:34 – we know that the Charger AWD is the king of the heap.
In other words, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is the all around fastest police car available in America right now with the rear wheel drive Dodge police car besting the Chevrolet Caprice PPV while the all wheel drive Charger beat out the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedan. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as the only advantage that the twin turbocharged V6 Ford had in the 2013 tests was the all wheel drive system that was not offered last year in the Charger Pursuit. Now that the Charger Pursuit has all wheel drive mated to the heavy duty 5-speed automatic transmission and the advanced all wheel drive system that includes an exclusive front axle disconnect system – the Charger was able to beat out the Ford in those areas where the added traction of the AWD system gave the Taurus the advantage in 2013.
The full results for the 2013 model year police vehicle tests held by the Michigan State Police were officially published a few months after the tests were conducted so we would expect the full details of the 2014 model year tests to be announced before the end of the 2013 calendar year. When these full results are issued, we will be able to see just how much of a difference all wheel drive made and just how badly the Dodge was able to beat the Ford in the all wheel drive category and the Chevy in the rear wheel drive category.
Once the 2014 results are published, it will be interesting to see if the utility options have expanded as Dodge now offers a police version of the Durango while the Ram brand offers a police setup for their Ram 1500. Also, Ford now offers a police version of the F150 so we could see several new models joining the Explorer and Chevy Tahoe PPV in the 2014 tests.
For the record, there are no non-Detroit based automakers competing in the Michigan State Police vehicle tests so for the time being, the police market is one that the Detroit automakers will seemingly dominate well into the foreseeable future.