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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Greenlight 2012 Dodge Charger R/T and Sandwich, Mass. Police package.



Cue the humility!  After seeing the latest Country Roads release from Greenlight, I noticed yet again another police car which usually I ignore since i'm not the diehard collector of police vehicle livery from different departments.  That was until I heard about the department this 2011 Charger was using, so I had to go see myself: Sandwich, Massachusetts!  For anyone who has been on Facebook has probably seen the picture joke about the Sandwich police, telling you all to hide your sandwiches!  Well now here's one in small scale.

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Much needed revamp

After the successful introduction of the new RWD Chrysler big cars in 2005, it was time for a much needed makeover after the 2009 bailout and the 2010 purchase from Fiat.  Almost all of the Chrysler products got revamped with much-improved interiors that ditch the hard plastics for softer touch materials.  The 2011 Charger got a better-looking dash with center touch screen, smaller 3-spoke steering wheel, and softer door and dash panels.  Indeed it was a much better place to live than the 2006-2010 interior!  Charger Pursuit models had a revised console for the laptop and radio equipment, relocation of the transmission shifter to the steering column, added kickbox and window behind the front seats, and rear doors that only open from the outside and, per new police car standard, a back seat that you can hose out.  The exterior was revised with an emphasis on the 1969-1970 Charger's with the same side scoop and hood scallops, and a rear end with LED track lights.  The front stays the same with the similar setup of the previous car, except for new larger grille and sharper headlights.  The engine is the same 5.7L Hemi V8 producing 370 hp. through a 5-speed automatic, now offered with 8-speed for 2014.  In 2015 the Charger gets yet again another restyle with smoother corners and new front-end that more resembles the new Dart.

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Sandwich vs. Black

The first release of the Greenlight second-generation Charger is the Black Bandit in 2012.  The car features the correct details, with my favorite being the detailed reflectors inside the headlights.  However, the car suffers from small wheels that make this car really look large, unnecessary silver exhaust cover on the rear bumper (looks out-of-place), and taillight decals that were stamped slightly off on my version.  Good, but not excitingly great.  To make matters worse, the SRT-8 SuperBee from 2013 looks just like a decal package, even putting in the wrong Hemi motor! (still used the 5.7 when it really should've had the 6.1).  Thankfully the police package changed that.


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Located near Cape Cod, Sandwich, Mass. is the oldest town on the Cape founded in 1639.  The Police car is detailed in black with white doors.  Look close and you can see the Sandwich name above police.  For an even closer examination you can barely make out the lettering on the blue badges.  The appearance of the Police package looks smaller than it actually is, and taller too thanks to 5-sp wheels (shared with Challenger and previous-gen Charger police cars) fill in the gaps much more better than the B.B. version.  The front grille is blacked-out and covered by a pushbar with integrated flashers at the bottom edge of the bumper.  The headlights get added orange turn-signal indicators.  Even with all the gear at the front Greenlight still managed to put the Dodge logo on the grille!  The LED lightbar is correct and gives a proper look to the car.  The rear deletes the R/T's rear spoiler, and finally blacks out the exhaust cover and properly aligns the taillight decals!


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Inside you'll find the same interior as the R/T so don't expect any police gear here; if you want that in this scale go to Matchbox or Jada Toys.  Another improvement is the engine bay with the Hemi motor; this time it's not afraid to show off detail with the silver stripes, HEMI on sides, and even the 5.7L on the engine cover!

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Overall a much better improvement over the 2012 Black Bandit version that I remarked as good, but not as excitingly great!  Just make sure to hide your sandwiches when this cop car comes around!

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