police cruiser has to fill a lot of roles.
It's an officer's first-aid station, comfort area for accident victims, command post for a crime scene. Next thing you know it's involved in a high-speed run, responding to a heart attack, or chasing a criminal.
And while the Ford Crown Vic and Chevy Impala are currently the major players in departments across the country, the Dodge Charger is looking to break into the lineup.
The Michigan State Police annually tests police vehicles. The latest test, which serves as a national standard, doesn't pick winners, but the 2008 Dodge Charger with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine led the pack in top speed (148 mph), zero-to-60 and zero-to-100 times.
The New York Police Department has purchased 15 Chargers and is running a 6 month test on them.
So bad guys beware. If you're thinking of running, it might be a HEMI in your rearview mirror.
Cruising the highway
Lights appear in the mirror
Heart skips, knees buckle