The very American Dodge Charger is reportedly being considered for Australian police use.
According to a report on Car Expert, Queensland-based SCD Remanufactured is working on a pair of Charger Pursuit vehicles for possible use by Australian state and Federal Police. Local law enforcement departments have been looking for a replacement for the Australian-made Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon with several brands getting pressed into duty, including the Kia Stinger and BMW 530d for Highway Patrol duties and the likes of the Hyundai Sonata for general duties work.
The Charger has the possibility of fulfilling both roles as it’s built in North America specifically for police work, with several key modifications, and the choice of a V6 or V8 engine. Manufactured at Dodge’s Ontario, Canada plant, the Charger Pursuit is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive as well as more rugged steel wheels, the option of bulletproof doors and an interior designed to accommodate police equipment such as radios and computers.
SCD already converts the Charger’s coupe sibling, the Challenger, to right-hand drive and according to the report if local police forces choose to buy the Charger Pursuit each vehicle would create approximately 200 hours of work for his employees.
According to SCD Remanufactured co-owner, Eddie Kocwa, each Charger V6 would cost approximately $100,000 once it’s imported and converted. For comparison, a Kia Stinger V6 starts at $53,800 and a BMW 530d is priced from $125,900 before police have to modify them locally for law enforcement work.