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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.