Police Cruiser races let us know which of the Detroit Three can catch the perpetrators in 2017 image

Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford have taken their police cruisers to the track to see which comes out on top. The Michigan State Police has been thorough and they used both a circuit and the traditional straight line drag race.

The Gingerman raceway in South Haven, Michigan, was used as the test setting and the results might come out as surprising. Let’s take them in order. First off comes the Chevrolet Caprice – which has been fulfilling duties since way back in 2009 – using a 3.6-liter V6, or a 6.0-liter V8, with up to 355 horsepower (264 kilowatts). The 3.6-liter V6 RWD sprinted to 60 mph in 7.91 seconds, recorded a top speed of 147 mph and a lap time of 1:39.76. The 6.0-liter V8 RWD sprinted to 60 mph in 6.11 seconds, recorded a top speed of 155 mph and a lap time of 1:37.58. Up next is the traditional Chevrolet Tahoe – serving since at least 1997. The latest version uses a 5.3-liter V8 in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations. The 5.3-liter V8 RWD sprinted to 60 mph in 7.97 seconds, recorded a top speed of 132 mph and a lap time of 1:39.75. The 5.3-liter V8 AWD sprinted to 60 mph in 8.08 seconds, recorded a top speed of 121 mph and a lap time of 1:40.60.

2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit

Moving to the FCA side we have the Dodge Charger – which has been serving the police forces since 2005 – but with the 2017 model year packing a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter V8. So, the 3.6-liter V6 RWD sprinted to 60 mph in 8.06 seconds, recorded a top speed of 142 mph and a lap time of 1:38.26. Meanwhile the 5.7-liter V8 AWD sprinted to 60 mph in 6.05 seconds, recorded a top speed of 150 mph and a lap time of 1:36.53. The Ford Special Service Police and Police Interceptor sedan have replaced the Crown Victoria since 2011 and have a wide range of engines – from 2.0-liter EcoBoost to 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with AWD. The latter sprinted to 60 mph in 5.70 seconds, recorded a top speed of 150 mph and a lap time of 1:35.34. There’s also the professional Police Interceptor Utility – the reworked Explorer – which can also be had with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It sprinted to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, recorded a top speed of 130 mph and a lap time of 1:38.53.