: NY Cops to use Dodge Chargers - -

02-10-06, 09:24 AM
NYPD Adds Dodge Muscle Car to Its Fleet
By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 9, 6:48 PM ET

NEW YORK - The New York Police Department is adding some muscle to its car fleet: the 2006 Dodge Charger, whose 1969 model is best remembered for outrunning a hapless sheriff in "The Dukes of Hazzard."
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The department plans to buy 15 police versions of the car for a pilot program that will begin this summer, officials said Thursday.
With so many flashy foreign cars on the road, speed matters, said Leonard Lesko, the NYPD's director of fleet services.
"The car that does 110 mph doesn't do it anymore," Lesko said.
In a recent analysis by Michigan State Police, Chargers equipped with a V-8 engine had the quickest acceleration (6.52 seconds to 60 mph) and fastest lap time (150 mph) of any police vehicle tested.
The police highway unit will test drive 10 Chargers featuring V-8 engines, officials said. The rest will have V-6s and hit city streets in the five boroughs.
If they pass inspection, they could replace hundreds of squad cars in the NYPD's 3,000-vehicle patrol fleet, now dominated by Ford Crown Victorias and Chevrolet Impalas.
The Charger appeared in 1966. Over the next several years, it made an impact on the stock car circuit and on television, starring as the General Lee, an orange 1969 model, in "The Dukes of Hazzard."
The price was being negotiated. A company Web site lists the civilian model's starting price at $22,995. Modified police models typically are sold to law enforcers at a discount.

02-10-06, 09:26 AM
that would be pretty intimidating to get passed by a charger with blue lights on it... :stirpot:

02-10-06, 09:30 AM
Agent Jethro Gibbs of NCIS has been driving one all year.

02-10-06, 11:03 AM
I think thats very cool. I dont know if the Charger will be as solid as the Crown Vic, but it'll definetly be faster with the Hemi! Somehow, I could have seen this coming. It's a quicker, more manuverable car than the Crown Vic, plus its still RWD, but not body on frame. (or is it?) It'll be interesting to see what the cops think of this. I know that most of em preferred the LT1 power of the Caprice to the Crown Vic, but the Hemi is much more powerful than the LT1, in a lighter car!

02-10-06, 12:00 PM
I prefer the leg room in the crown vic's - cuz i'm tall and always getting arrested and i don't want to have to sit in the back seat of a charger. So maybe for my lawless sake they could stick with the crown vic...

just kidding, i only sit in the back seat of crown vic's on cab rides!!

02-10-06, 12:29 PM
I think the handcuffs in combination with the plastic rear seat is the more uncomfortable part of being taken downtown, legroom can come second...

But anyway, BOO, because it's hard to outrun a Charger compared to a Vic. If NMSP gets them I might have to turbo my ETC...


02-10-06, 01:06 PM
I recommend they add a lot more mechanics to the payroll.

02-10-06, 01:45 PM
hehehe...good one FSU! :D

02-10-06, 01:51 PM
I tried to test drive a Chrysler once and it wouldn't start in the lot, told the dealer that was all I needed to know. Since then all Chrysler products have been on my ban list. I know that is an isolated incident but I just have never really liked any of their designs. The new stuff is looking better but I still can't bring myself to consider one.

02-10-06, 03:00 PM
I tried to test drive a Chrysler once and it wouldn't start in the lot, told the dealer that was all I needed to know. Since then all Chrysler products have been on my ban list. I know that is an isolated incident but I just have never really liked any of their designs. The new stuff is looking better but I still can't bring myself to consider one.

I've had the same feeling for about 20 years. Rental cars did it to me.

But I do like their designs. I loved the Magnum, and the Pacifica was very close to what I really wanted to buy.

But I can't bring myself to ever buy anything remotely connected to Dodge. I'm hoping that GM or Ford will come up with a direct competitor for the Magnum. I like the idea of a long, low, powerful wagon that's really just a great big car with a high trunk. Not a crossover like the Freestyle or the Equinox.

02-10-06, 04:53 PM
Vista Cruiser! Most definately should make a return in some form...

02-10-06, 09:31 PM
The Chargers are going to be used by the Highway Patrol unit first. Highway cars don't get driven to death the way precinct cars do. Highway guys actually take care of their cars. I guess if they get the Highway Patrol seal of approval then they will order more to use as precinct patrol cars. Those Hemis still aren't going to be living an easy life though, I'm interested to see how they will hold up, or not. I can't wait to see how they will look done up in NYPD colors.

02-10-06, 10:20 PM
The HEMI Magnum is one heck of a car. I've driven it! Forget old sterotypes allready. Ya want a Magnum? Go get it. You'll thank me, I promise.
Buy it from the smallest little dealer you can find, and ORDER it and wait for it. Don't buy from stock. They are well built, comfortable and fast! You'll have an eternal smile on your mug!

02-10-06, 10:24 PM
Well since GM & Ford has owned this market, lets see what another competitive will add to the competition. It may force GM & Ford to up their game(to what it should be).

02-11-06, 06:33 PM
GM & Ford owns that market??? I never even knew GM was in it:histeric:

02-11-06, 08:04 PM
The NYC police department has used the last gen Impalas almost exclusively.....I'd say that's about as "in the market" as you can get. The Charger is very impracticle for city use. I imagine it will end up being used as a persuit car upstate where there ar long expanses that would require the need for such a car. They most certainly won't be using them as regular patrol cars in the city though. If anything, they'll eventually switch over to the newer Impala when they retire their current fleet. The FWD is a real plus int he city, especially in the winter.

02-12-06, 06:34 AM
The Crown Vic owns the market, the Impala isn't too far off though. DCX's old Dodge Intrepid police package didn't catch on, I have a feeling this one will though.