California Highway Patrol Replaces Aging Vehicles With Dodge Charger Pursuit Police Sedans

California’s Department of General Services found the Dodge Charger Pursuit to comply with the enforcement vehicle specifications, following a public bidding process.

During the search for a new police cruiser, which is bound to replace the old sedans and utility vehicles currently used by the California Highway Patrol, the sedan’s price, performance and payload capacity were the key features that helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles win a contract for more than 580 units, which will be delivered over the next two years.

Our Charger Pursuit police sedans meet CHP’s stringent payload requirements, and in particular, will accommodate the agency’s radio system. The Charger Pursuit also meets CHP’s demand for ongoing fuel-efficiency and its desire to be a leader in fiscal responsibility in California“, said FCA’s US Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales VP, Jeff Kommor.

Most of the Charger Pursuit police cars ordered are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 292 HP and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, which delivers up to an EPA estimated 26 mpg (9 lt/100 km) on the highway, while a small number benefits from the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, developing 370 HP. Some of the sedans are equipped with the Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen, which enables the integration of law enforcement computer systems, a “segment-exclusive”, as FCA states.


  • lapirk

    Yeah cus that’s the gun problem. Wake up sensible citizens..

    • Polyester Poontang


  • Six Thousand Times

    So, CA is replacing outdated vehicles with…Dodge Chargers? That joke writes itself.

  • Chatman

    They should have selected the TT 2016 Ford Police Interceptor…

    • Richard Charles Ross

      The “Explorer” based utility is already in use, the sedan was ruled out according to their website due to storage restrictions, too much equipment too little power to move it.

  • XuhQshinR

    Excellent Choice!

  • irie ite

    Those headlights will make them even easier to spot than the Crown Vics from a mile away. Yay!

  • Jim Demestihas

    a pursuit vehicle with a v6? i dont think so…….

    • Mike 201

      Why? Being a Police Officer for 30 years and driving the V8 255hp Ford C.V. our department found the Chargers V6 a step up. Chargers are faster, and handle the road much better than the dated C.V. and its replacement Explorer. The Charger is great police car. We run both the V6 and Hemi V8 AWD.

      • Jim Demestihas

        of course it will handle better and be faster than a big heavy explorer

      • AgendaBuster

        But still no Pursuit 911 emblem for the back of automobile.

    • Mike 201

      Jim, hate to say it, Ford no longer makes a V8 Police car. The only V8 sedans are the Charger and Chevy Caprice, which maybe living on borrowed time. All that’s left are the BIG SUV’s, which most towns can’t afford on their show string budgets.

      • Jim Demestihas

        the Eco boost V6 i believe is a turbo 3.5L…..still $$$$ for an explorer

  • AgendaBuster

    Why not a Pursuit 911 emblem for the rear of the car?

GM’s Robo-Taxi Ride-Sharing Plans Hit A Hurdle

General Motors wants to roll out up to 2500 autonomous taxis, likely based in San Francisco.

2019 Honda Civic Sedan Is A Well-Sorted Package

The revised Honda Civic Sedan might actually be the best choice in the compact segment.

Drake Owns The Only Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet In North America

The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is thought to sell for upwards of $1 million new.

Drool Over Ex-Little Tony Gorgeous Lamborghini Miura P400 S

Restored by Polo Storico, it can be seen at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Fuel Cell Car Prices Will Match Hybrids Within A Decade, Says Toyota

The main reason will be the greatly reduced of platinum, which will be equal to that of a catalytic converter.

I Pity The Fool… Who Thought Opel’s Zafira Would Make A Good A-Team Van

Diesel, front-wheel drive and neon yellow? BA Baracus would throw a fit.

2020 BMW M8 Competition Does A Strip Tease In South Africa

The M8 Competition should debut later this year with a twin-turbo V8 producing at least 617 hp.

Apple Reportedly Bid To Buy Tesla Back In 2013

Apple reportedly made a bid for Tesla at roughly $240 a share, more than the company is currently worth.

BMW’s R18 Concept Is A Minimalist Bike With An All-New Boxer Engine

BMW Motorrad’s R18 concept is a stylish throwback to the early days of motorcycles .

BMW’s Garmisch Concept Is A Modern-Day Recreation Of The Missing Original

The original Garmisch concept disappeared nearly 50 years ago, but BMW has brought it back to life.