Speeders Beware of the Charger
For quite a while, the Ford Crown Victoria has had a firm grip on the Law Enforcement car of choice. Chevrolet has also gotten a handful of bids with the Impala. Now, they have some competition from the Chrysler corp, and the challenger is a Charger, no pun intended.
Several Police Agencies are currently testing the Charger, along with the Crown Victoria and Impala. Although the Charger isn't an immediate threat, it has been steadily gaining popularity, mostly from national testing which praises it's handling and speed.
"We've been steadily gaining market share and acceptance for the police vehicle since its inception," said Chrysler LLC spokeswoman Shawn Morgan. "We see that trend continuing."
When designing a car for Police action, automakers have to engineer the vehicle to withstand more than your typical daily driver. It will be acting as the officers transportation obviously, but it will also be their first-aid station, HQ while at a crime scene and a place for a little relaxation while everything is quiet.
One of the things that makes the Charger so appealing to officers is the quick acceleration (6.4 seconds to 60mph) coupled with amazing handling and a remarkable stopping distance.
"We really ask (the automakers) to do an enduring duty for the public that's often underestimated," said Lt. David Halliday, who leads the Michigan State Police's annual police vehicle tests that serve as a national standard for law enforcement.
The top priority, as always, is officer safety. It all really comes down to which car delivers more of what they need. SO next time you think about speeding on your way home, remember that you might have a 5.7 liter Hemi chasing you.
Source : MSN Auto