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Chrysler reveals 'sinister' police vehicle

The Crown Vic-alternative sounds pretty hard core, but that may or may not be a good thing. The dark and intimidating photo of the police vehicle that the carmaker released begs the question: should people be afraid of the police?

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Chrysler released a dark and intimidating image of its police vehicle that goes on sale in September.

It's the police version of the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger equipped with either an E-85 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a fuel-saving multidisplacement system. The Pursuit's suspension is tuned for performance and saddled with heavy-duty antilock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front and rear stabilizer bars, and 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels. Rear-wheel drive design and a redesigned front and rear multilink suspension deliver a smooth ride, and its two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration make it "hot-pursuit ready."

The Crown Vic-alternative sounds pretty hard core, but that may or may not be a good thing. The dark and intimidating photo of the police vehicle that the carmaker released begs the question: should people be afraid of the police?

Based on its description of the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit as "sinister" and makes "any suspect stop in a panic," Chrysler seems to think so.