By Patrick Rall
The Chrysler Group has just announced a new member of their
police department offerings with the Dodge Durango Special Service, which joins
the Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Ram 1500 Special Service pickup. With three models, the Chrysler Group offers
the broadest collection of special service vehicles and thanks to the efforts
of the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the 5.7L Hemi V8 – these police package models are
among the most efficient and most powerful in the segment.
The Dodge Durango Special Service models include the same
engine lineup as those sold to the public, beginning with the 290 horsepower
Pentastar V6 and topping out with the 360 horsepower Hemi V8. Whether fitted with the V6 or V8 option, the
Durango fire and police vehicles will receive a heavy-duty braking package, a
high output 220-amp alternator recharging a heavy duty battery, a high volume
water pump and an engine oil cooler. These
features help to deal with the odd driving cycles of a police or fire
department vehicle with the electrical system improvements help to accommodate the
added strain of the interior and exterior electrical gadgetry.
In the future, Dodge fans should keep an eye out for the police and fire variant on the used car market. Consumers won’t be able to buy these heavy-duty Durangos right away, but once a police force is done with a vehicle they typically auction them
off. In a few years, the patient among us be able to get their hands on a police spec Durango or Charger when they finally hit the block.