As most spirited drivers who keep an eye peeled for patrol cars can
attest, the Dodge Charger has charmed its way into law enforcement
fleets nationwide during the last couple of years. The Detroit News
cites Chrysler figures as showing the Charger accounting for 18%
of sales to police departments, an increase from 14% in 2007.
although Ford still has more than 70% of the law enforcement
market with its venerable Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (soon to be
succeeded by a Taurus police package), and General Motors looks to
regain its share with a re-introduced rear-drive Chevrolet Caprice for
2011, Dodge won’t cede its hard-won market share easily, as evidenced
by these testing shots from Brenda Priddy’s spy network. Chrysler still
remembers when its Plymouth Grand Fury was an unwelcome sight for
automotive transgressors back in the ’60s.
Priddy says the
2011 Charger, referred to internally as "LD," will ride on an updated
version of the "LX" chassis and be powered by a base-model 3.6L V6, a
360hp 5.7L Hemi V8 or the meatiest of the group, a 6.4L Hemi V8.