Following the discontinuation of the full-sized Dodge Diplomat sedan in 1989, Dodge went 13 years without marketing a car specifically to law enforcement. Offering a specialized version of the second-generation Intrepid for police departments in 2002, a Dodge car was once again an official law enforcement vehicle.
While some police departments were known to convert showroom models of the Intrepid since the 1990s, the Dodge Intrepid Police was tailored specifically to police duties. Severe-duty cooling system, heavy-duty anti-lock disc brakes, 160-amp alternator and a wiring for light bars are equipment with the Dodge Intrepid Police vehicle. The instrument panel of the 2003 Intrepid Police car could run in a stealth mode that drops or dims interior lighting for more inconspicuous pursuits.
Propelling the 2003 Dodge Intrepid Police vehicle was a 3.5-liter engine developing 242 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Engine power is channeled through a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. On the highway, fuel economy for the Intrepid Police car was rated at 27 miles per gallon. The Dodge Intrepid Police model attracted only small piece of the law enforcement fleet vehicle market.
Front-wheel drive and a widely publicized situation where brakes caught fire reported in a vehicle evaluation test were contributions to lackluster sales. The end of the consumer version of the Dodge Intrepid ultimately resulted in the end of production of the police version. Years later, the police model based on the Dodge Charger proved to be a more popular choice for law enforcement.
The 2003 Intrepid Police include special modifications including high-performance suspension, black-out wheels with chrome centers, heavy-duty 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, purpose-built lighting, and powertrain cooling.