2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit Announced, Keeps Five-Speed Auto

Police officers can start lining up for the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit, which is updated for the new model year with the same styling changes we saw on the citizen’s Charger when it debuted at this year’s New York auto show. The 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit will continue to be offered with both V-6 and V-8 engines, as well as a choice between rear- or all-wheel-drive; a five-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 comes exclusively with rear-wheel-drive. The Pentastar V-6 is unchanged from the last Pursuit model, still making 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy, however, takes a 1-mpg hit compared to the 2014 model. A Dodge spokesperson tells Automobile that the reason for the downgrade was likely a reflection of the high take rate of the 3.07 rear axle ratio, meaning the EPA adjusted its test data accordingly; otherwise the underpinnings of the 2015 model are virtually unchanged from last year's cop car. The 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 returns up to 26 mpg on the highway compared with 27 mpg last year, while the citizen’s 2015 Dodge Charger V-6 manages to reach 31 mpg on the highway thanks to its new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Why didn’t the Charger Pursuit receive the new transmission? “We felt the five-speed remained the best setup for what police duty entails and what police needs are,” Dodge tells Automobile. “It continues to perform functionally the way it should, so the decision was made to not make any changes for now.”

If you do see the Charger Pursuit in your rear-view, blue-and-red flashing, you’d better hope it’s not the Hemi V-8 model. In either rear- or all-wheel-drive form, the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 retains its 370-hp Hemi powerhouse making 390 lb-ft of torque. So equipped, the 2012 Charger Pursuit remains the record-holder for the fastest lap time at the Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation at Grattan Raceway, with acceleration to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. In part because of its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation mode, the Charger Pursuit V-8 can return up to 26 mpg on the highway.

Special police-spec upgrades for the Dodge Charger Pursuit include load-leveling shocks, heavy-duty vented disc brakes, front- and rear-stabilizer bars, and steel wheels with 18-inch performance tires. Police can custom order their 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit with all of the necessary electronics, equipment, and graphics through Mopar’s special order program.

A little more than 60 percent of Charger Pursuit sales last year were Hemi V-8 models, while 20 percent of those Hemi Chargers were equipped with all-wheel-drive. The Dodge Charger was the second-bestselling police car last year, ahead of the Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor but behind the popular Ford Explorer Police Utility.

Michael Anderson
Chris Poy, ricers are slow and cant drive anyway, they just got the big ol fartcan bzzzzzzz bzzzzzzzzzzz
Veterano45
They should put the Hellcat engine in every pursuit car; that would be a deterrent!
Stan Smith
not always true, often with fewer gears you get a more robust transmission. larger and stronger gears as opposed to smaller and more gears inside the same size gearbox.
Fred Amerson
These will be great for chasing Civics and Priuses. They will have to chase everything else with the radio!
Richard Hawkins
Same underpowered engine too......
Michael Keil
I dunno my Ford Ranger and my Honda Accords seem to do just fine with the 4 speed auto trannies that they have. Both have plenty of power (the Accord is a 4 banger) and the Honda gets 30 MPG on the highway. At 70 mph the car is cruising at about 2800 rpm.
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Mike Latimer
You may not drive near red line, and I don't know of your profession, but I see many LEOs floor it everywhere in their crown vics around here. Winding them up quite far. And again making your gears taller, such as making 5th or 6th an overdrive will pull you out of the power part of the rev band often making the engine work harder to maintain a speed such as on a highway. Think about it like a mountain bike, is a 6 speed as quick as an 18? I suppose from a statistical standpoint you could argue they're more likely to break as there are more parts. However, in my opinion of course, I don't think an 8 speed is any more likely to break than a 5 or 6. Many manufacturers have been using 8 or even 9 speeds for a while now and I personally haven't read anything about them not being reliable. It's all subjective to your personal needs.
Jack Geerer
Michael Keil The more gears, the less load on each gear, the less likely you'll have trans issues. 8 speeds are more efficient in so many ways. 5 speeds are worthless.
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Michael Keil
I just think it's more to break. And I rarely drive any where near the red line. So having the extra gears does me no good. From what I have read most of these high gear trannies are all about fuel economy. If that's so then explain why not just make the final gear in a 5 or 6 speed tranny an overdrive? Seems to me the same job in improving fuel economy without adding extra stuff to break.
Mike Latimer
It's about keeping the engine in the power band. Most (naturally aspirated) engines make their peak power towards the red line. Shallower gears keep you there more.
Michael Keil
nobody needs a 8 speed tranny. 5 or 6 is more then enough
Brian Michael
You can run but don't turn. The cop chasing you will end up in a tree and you'll get blamed for it.
Chuck KidneyStone
No need to memorize, I'll see them at the gas stations and at the nearest dunkin getting their coffee and glaze face on. By the time they roll out I'll be in 3rd gear, good luck. Better radio it in!
Chris Poy
Hellcat or not, ricers be warned.
Kelsey Craig
Meh, if you know how to drive no prob.
Alex Pancamo
As long as they're not getting Hellcats.
Stan Smith
keeps the old trans, that says a lot about the newer one.
Everett Fox
Still a dodge nothing fancy bout it.
David Desilet
It makes me think of the old monacos and other mopar cop cars, so non threatening, big and heavy looking, the old face was 100x better
Oscar Flores
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Joe_Skeptical
@Veterano42 I doubt it. Any driver stupid enough to run away from law enforcement vehicles is just plain stupid, dangerous and should not be at the wheel. 
billyjoejimbob
Don't be so skeptical of new technology Michael.  I have a more recent 2013 Accord with V6 and a 6-speed AT.  It will do 0-60 mph in 6 seconds flat, and a quarter mile in 14 seconds at 100 mph according to the magazines.  Driven with a light foot, it gets at least 32 mpg running on just 3 of its cylinders, at 75 mph, around 2250 rpm.

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