Re-engineered and reintroduced in 2009 as the fastest production police cruiser on the market, the Dodge Charger’s next-gen 5.7L HEMI V8 unleashes 398 horses on the street and produces an impressive 395 lb-ft of torque. The biggest achievement isn’t the incredible power, though, but rather the 20% increase in fuel efficiency that accompanies it. Utilizing the same Multi-Displacement System (MDS) found beneath the hoods of both the Dodge Durango Hybrid and Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, the ’09 Charger is able to average a fuel-consumption rate of 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy by deactivating 4 of the Charger’s 8 cylinders when travelling at low speeds.
For those times when you needed to be inside the crackhouse helping perps fall down the stairs yesterday, Dodge also had the foresight to equip the ’09 Charger police cruiser with some heavy-duty stopping power, featuring a deceleration rate of 60 to 0 mph in 135 feet. In addition, the Charger cop cars also come equipped with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which automatically monitors driving conditions and provides assistant accordingly. Using a combination of an ABS, traction control, Yaw sensor, and Steering Angle Sensor, ESP electronically compares the vehicle’s actual course with the driver’s intended course and will automatically intervene when it detects an anomaly. For those of you who aren’t familiar with exactly how that kind of technology works, all you really need to know is that ESP is basically a system which allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle while he racks his .12 gauge and takes aim.