Such a Tease

Dodge teases 2021 edition of its Charger, Durango police pursuit vehicles

Photo courtesy of FCA US LCC

The 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit and Dodge Charger Pursuit are coming soon to a street near you. The company, a division of Fiat Chrysler (which will soon merge with Groupe PSA and become known as Stellantis), teased an image of the models on their @DodgeLaw Instagram page last week.

Though the image shown by Dodge is just a low-quality render, there's already a few clues given what is publicly known about the company's model lineup.

For starters, the Dodge Durango Pursuit and Dodge Charger Pursuit will likely continue to look pretty much the same as they do now. Traditionally, changes to the PPV lineup follow major changes to the traditional passenger car models and there's been no large scale exterior changes to the Durango and Charger in nearly a decade.

That's not to say that the Durango and Charger couldn't stand a generational change. That move is likely a few years down the road as the Fiat Chrysler-Groupe PSA merger sees platforms and production synergized.

The biggest modification to the Dodge cars and SUVs lineup over the last few years is the introduction of the widebody design option (that's not something that is likely to translate over to PPVs) and expanded use of the the company's most powerful engines. Could the PPVs be going Hellcat or Redeye? It's an interesting theory.

A 710-horsepower 2020 Durango SRT Hellcat was introduced alongside the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock.

For the 2020 model year, the Dodge Charger PPV comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with a 12.1-inch version available that integrates law enforcement systems. FCA recently introduced UConnect 5, a fresh take on the infotainment operating system that is built on the Android platform. It's likely that this system will make its way to police vehicles sooner rather than later.

The 2021 models are set to be revealed soon and will go on sale this September.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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New luxury car

BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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