As bad-ass as Dodge’s Charger Pursuit police car looks, the rear-drive cop car’s, ahem, pursuit skills potentially face limitations in inclement weather—until now. Dodge is introducing all-wheel drive as an option for cop Chargers for 2014; the new drive configuration will be available only on Charger Pursuit models equipped with the 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
The police Charger’s all-wheel-drive system is shared with the civilian versions of Chrysler’s Charger and 300 sedans. That means it features the same front-axle-disconnect setup as those pedestrian sedans, which automatically de-couples the front wheels from the driveline when they’re not needed, aiding fuel economy. Fleet customers still will be able to order the rear-wheel-drive V-8 Charger Pursuit, in addition to the rear-wheel-drive V-6 model.
Chrysler did not reveal what kind of fuel economy to expect from the AWD Charger Pursuit, but civilian Chargers with V-8s powering all four wheels are rated for 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Those figures represent a decrease of 1 mpg in the city and 2 on the highway relative to the rear-drive Charger Pursuit. We suspect (police pun!) the all-wheel-drive Pursuit will offer very similar numbers as the civilian version.