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Dodge in Pursuit of Police Car Sales

2005 Dodge Magnum SXT Available for Police Special Service Uses

Police Package to Be Offered on 2006 Dodge Magnum

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"Excuse Me Officer, That Thing Gotta HEMI®?"


Auburn Hills, Mich. - Unlawful drivers will soon face a Dodge Magnum grille in their rear view mirror, along with a HEMI® under the hood.

photo by daimlerchrysler, 06-2004Dodge is upping the ante in the law enforcement market with a new rear-wheel-drive Dodge Magnum police car powered by the legendary HEMI V-8 engine. With police requirements squarely on their radar, Dodge engineers integrated specific law enforcement vehicle features and functionality into the original design of the Dodge Magnum, minimizing the need for numerous aftermarket retrofits. "Dodge Magnum is bold, powerful and capable," said Darryl Jackson, Vice President, Dodge Marketing. "Dodge Magnum offers affordable performance to those who patrol and protect our communities." Electronic Stability Program (ESP), All-speed Traction Control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assist and improved tire design are standard equipment on the Dodge Magnum SXT for special service uses (as they are on all Magnum SXT models). Combined, these features provide balance and control for officers in a variety of surface and weather conditions. These same advanced technologies also are standard on the 2006 Dodge Magnum police package models.

"With rear-wheel drive and HEMI power at the pavement, the Dodge Magnum police unit will provide the optimum performance option," said Ray Fisher, Vice President - Fleet and Remarketing. "Dodge dominated the police car business throughout the 1960s, '70s and early '80s, and we're proud to continue our police car heritage with even more performance technology." In addition to the enhanced performance and handling available with the Dodge Magnum, the spacious interior will provide officers a balance of cargo room and flexibility. With 27.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat (71.6 cubic feet with rear seats folded flat), the Dodge Magnum offers maximum functionality for law enforcement needs. The rear cargo area features an upper flat-load floor that expands the usable cargo area when the rear seats are folded forward. Additional storage is provided for smaller items below this load floor and in deep pockets on either side of the floor.

The Dodge Magnum's "extreme access" liftgate creates an unusually large cargo opening by allowing the gate to swing up rather than out from the vehicle. The 11.3 square foot opening swallows large items such as police emergency equipment, duffel bags, dog crates, traffic cones or barricades. The 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT model will be available this fall to law enforcement agencies for special service use. For 2006, Dodge will introduce a police package, which will be offered on the Dodge Magnum model.

2005 Dodge Magnum SXT

The 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that provides high power and torque over the entire operating band for the perfect blend of performance and economy. Combined with standard advanced technologies, flexible and functional cargo space and state-of-the-industry safety features, the Dodge Magnum SXT provides a bold, powerful and capable entry into the law enforcement Special Services car market. Like all Dodge Magnum vehicles, the 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT for special service use will be manufactured at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and will be available to county, city and state police departments in the fall of 2004. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

2006 Dodge Magnum Police Package

The 2006 Dodge Magnum will be available with a police package in the fourth quarter of 2005. The standard 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine featured on the 2006 Dodge Magnum police package vehicle delivers 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque for great police performance. A five-speed fully electronic transmission with steering column shifter, 18-inch V-rated tires and steel wheels, heavy-duty police brakes and linings and heavy-duty suspension will be included as standard equipment with the police package models. For the ultimate in pursuit power, the Dodge Magnum police package also will offer an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cylinder deactivation that produces 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Chrysler Group's Multiple Displacement System (MDS) seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. Fuel efficiency is improved by up to 20 percent with cylinder deactivation, but not at the expense of performance.

The HEMI powertrain, mated to a fully electronic five-speed automatic transmission and high-performance suspension, will give officers in pursuit situations a balance of world-class performance, power and handling.

The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will include the following specific package items: certified speedometer, column shifter, emergency rear door lock override, heavy-duty five-link suspension system, heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty brakes, inoperable rear door locks and rear windows, and special police electrical wiring. Optional equipment includes: daytime running lamps, dual spot lamp, police-type heavy-duty front seats with manual lumbar adjustment and full-size spare tire. The 2006 Dodge Magnum police package will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2005. Pricing will be announced at that time.

HEMI Fast Facts

  • Of the Chrysler Group products currently offering a HEMI engine option, the majority of those vehicles are equipped with the engine.
  • Year-to-date HEMI take-rate on current products: 47% Dodge Ram, 62% Dodge Durango, 45% Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300.
  • The all-new HEMI engine with Multiple Displacement System offers the Dodge Magnum more power and torque than any Chrysler Group passenger car engine since the legendary 426 HEMI of the '60s and '70s.
  • Coupled with the HEMI V-8 engine, MDS delivers up to 20 percent improvement in fuel economy under real-world conditions.

HEMI Historical Time Line

1931:Chrysler begins design work on first HEMI, a V-16 for fighter aircraft

1951: Chrysler introduces 180 hp HEMI V-8 engine

1953: A Dodge HEMI V-8 breaks 196 stock car records at Bonneville Salt Flats

1955: Chrysler "300" with dual 4-barrel 331 c.i.d. HEMI becomes first production car to make 300 hp

1956: Chrysler 300-B sets World Passenger Car speed record at Daytona Beach - 133.9 mph

1958: Last year of HEMI engine in Chrysler 300 models

1964: Richard Petty debuts the 426 HEMI and laps the field while winning the Daytona 500, as three HEMI-powered Plymouths and a HEMI Dodge sweep Daytona 1-2-3

1965: NASCAR outlaws HEMI by setting minimum production levels for street use

1966: Chrysler builds the "Street HEMI" and returns to NASCAR racing

1967: Richard Petty wins his second NASCAR championship in his HEMI Plymouth

1968: Road Runner, the first budget muscle car, is introduced by Plymouth and is available with 426 HEMI option

1970: Buddy Baker becomes the first to break 200 mph on a closed course in a HEMI Dodge Charger Daytona stock car

1971: Richard Petty wins his 3rd NASCAR Grand National championship in a HEMI Road Runner

1996: Design studies for a replacement for the 5.9-liter V-8 engine begin

1997: Development team for new 5.7-liter engine begins forming

1998: Initial design for the new 5.7-liter HEMI engine finalized

1999: The first development 5.7-liter HEMI engine tested

2000: Production-intent 5.7-liter HEMI engine runs tests, including durability

2002: Eleven million customer equivalent miles (CEMs) of testing completed

2002: Production of 5.7-liter HEMI for 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks begins

2003: 5.7-liter HEMI "Magnum" engine develops up to 345 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque

2004: HEMI engine returns to the Chrysler brand after nearly 50 years in the new Chrysler 300C delivering 340 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque

2004:2005 Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT become the first modern volume production vehicles produced in North America to feature the 5.7-liter HEMI engine with cylinder deactivation


DaimlerChrysler Communications, June 24, 2004



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