The Dodge Challenger patrol car is a special service vehicle that reaches a top speed of 165 mph. Photo courtesy of Bert Stull.
If Detroit can make it, Texas can super-size it.
One enterprising Chrysler dealer in Dallas is offering a custom "special service" version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger muscle car for patrol that should put Texas-sized fear into the hearts and minds of traffic violators.
The vehicle arrives at your substation with a custom-tuned V-8 engine that's capable of more than 400 hp, which would make it the most powerful patrol car available, and can reach a top speed of 165 mph.
Instead of a light bar, it deploys a custom LED light kit from Brooking Industries. Black OEM wheels complement a custom "push" bumper and trunk tray from Go Industries.
Single or dual spotlights ensure suspects won't be hiding in the weeds for long during a search. An electronic shotgun lock in the trunk secures a duty weapon.
Technological additions include a Digital Ally DVM-500 in-car camera and video system, as well as a Kustom Signals directional radar system that allows officers to track speeders using an infrared (IR) remote.
The vehicle became available this fall, due to new corporate leadership at Chrysler, Bert Stull, government sales director at Group 1, tells POLICE Magazine. New senior manager Mitch Mitchell green-lighted the availability of the Challenger R/T, where earlier executives had denied Stull's request. Stull then began polling agencies about what they wanted.
"We had a wide variety of responses, as you can imagine," according to Stull. "Most were directed at speed combined with safety, and not much interest in overhead lights."
So far, Stull has sold two of the vehicles and received additional interest after bringing it to a police trade show this fall.
"While there is always someone who can put a light bar on the roof of any vehicle, we feel that we have addressed most of our customers' concerns [including] the availability of spotlights, gun and trunk space issues that have been questioned in the past."
Law enforcement agencies can add this horse — it's the 2010 Challenger DDSSV-27M — to their vehicle stable by contacting Group 1 Automotive's Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep.
View our Dodge Challenger photo gallery for a more in-depth tour of the patrol car that includes the interior.