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Driving a police-spec Charger as a civilian isn’t so much about the car as the experience.That’s because it feels and performs like a regular model—we’ve reviewed those in many forms—save for one major distinction: Its performance is almost entirely dictated by its appearance, not the beefed-up chassis or the burly 5.7-liter V-8.Beginning in 1979, the LTD, LTD-S, and LTD models of the car began to see widespread use across the country.In 1992, the PPV edition of the automobile was deployed as a major upgrade for law enforcement and was succeeded by the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) model from 1998-2011.A fake power trip in a Hemi-packing Charger cop car taught us several lessons in motorist psychology as it relates to traffic impedance and reactions to police presence. In thicker highway traffic, approaching a group of cars from behind causes a rolling, sub-70-mph blockade to form instantly.We could have actively messed with people, but we didn’t. Slip by somehow, and no one passes you, regardless of how fast or slow you’re setting the pace.
And it doesn't even seem that Bland was particularly rude.Rather, she just honestly responded to his statement: "You seem very irritated." That should have come as no surprise."Newsflash: people don't like getting pulled over," says Jason Williamson, staff attorney with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project.In his defense, we were traveling in the opposite direction at about 55 mph on a two-lane. The kids working the Tim Hortons drive-through gave the car a second look, though, peeking their heads out the window after we ordered.They might have been deciding whether to ready freebies, but they correctly figured us for fakes, and we shelled out 80 cents for our glazed sour-cream doughnut.