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Most Affordable High Performance GPS Radar Detector

Whistler CR97 6 Mile Detection!

  • In high-demand
  • Performance equal to detectors costing twice as much

Price: $199.95


Product Code: WHISTLER-CR97




  • Same level of performance as the CR97
  • The Whistler CR97 is Whistler's highest performing detector released to date.
  • Up to 6dB increase in sensitivity to Ka-band police radar (double the alerting range) compared to the CR93
  • Up to 3dB increase in sensitivity to K-band police radar (150% increase in alerting range) compared to the CR93
  • NEW FDSR ### feature, alerts to and identifies FMCW photo enforcement sources, such as MRCD/MRCT/TraffiStar
  • Configurable reactivity, allows you to customize responsiveness to instant-on police radar
  • LSID feature display pulse rate of police lasers, including variable pulse rate (VPR) guns
  • Ka MaxID, maximizes Ka performance with center frequencies of Ka-bands detected
  • Additional filter levels, 4 & 5 for both XK and Ka
  • Bright OLED display
  • Firmware updateable via a USB cable

The CR97 is now ranked as a 4-star rated detector, a first for Whistler, providing you ample time to slow down in most police radar encounters.

RadarBusters rates the CR97 as the best valued-price GPS enabled detector on the market and the best in the under $250 price category.

The unit now offers performance on par with some detectors costing twice as much.

The CR97 offers 360-degree protection and detects X, K, and Ka radar signals and excellent sensitivity to police laser.

Radar Detection Range

The CR97 has noticeably better range and performance than all previous models, and is now ranked in the 4-star category.

This level of performance and quickness to react to I/O police radar makes this detector excellent with instant on encounters.

ALL NEW FDSR ### Feature

Whistler now offers a feature that can't be found anywhere else, the ability to detect and alert to FMCW (frequency modulated continuous waveform) radar that other detectors filter out. When the FDSR ### or FDSr ### feature is enabled, the CR97 will not only alert to K-band, but also with a continuously changing series of numbers that relate to the nature of the modulation used.

Especially when coupled with the Verilight GPS database, you will be notified that you are approaching an active "speed on green" photo enforced intersection, such as one monitored by the TraffiStar S391.

CAS Signal Rejection

You can fine tune the degree of signal rejection with XK and Ka filters which add additional processing times prior to alerting to vehicles' collision avoidance systems.
With a K filter setting of 4, the CR97 does especially well at filtering out K-band CAS systems from Chevrolet, Honda, and Acura that can wreak havoc with other detectors.

Photo Enforcement Protection with Builtin GPS

Automated photo enforcement cameras and speed traps are everywhere today!

To combat these Whistler has equipped the CR97 with GPS technology and their photo enforcement database, called Verilight, will alert as you approach one of these locations.

When combined with the FDSR ### feature, you will be notified that you are likely approaching a speed-on-green enforced intersection and you would be well advised to check your speed before crossing into the intersection.

Updatable Firmware

The CR97 comes equipped with a USB port which allows for both firmware updates as well as updates to its photo enforcement database.

Clear Bilingual Voice Alerts

The detector has clear voice alerts, in English or Spanish, providing you with the information you need without having to take your eyes off the road.

High Definition OLED Display

The unit displays radar alerts using an OLED display. The display is easy to read at any angle and the brightness is adjustable.

Easy Programming

You program your CR97 by pressing the buttons to set the brightness of your display, program the radar bands used in your area, adjust the filtering options, and more.

Online Photo Enforcement Database Updates

You can ensure that your CR97 has the latest database updates to protect you from new threats by simply connecting it to your computer's USB port and downloading the latest database updates.

Warranty & Support

Comes with Whistler’s 1-year warranty and RadarBuster's 30-day no risk money back guarantee.

Also, here on RadarBusters, we have several articles in his help guide section to assist you in getting the most out of your detector such as: How to Maximize the Use of your Detector, How to Update YourDetector, and Defensive Driving Tips for Detector Users.

You’re welcome to contact RadarBusters direct 24/7 by using the contact form on this website or calling our toll free number during normal business hours.

Included Accessories

Comes equipped with a power cord with USB connectivity for your smartphone, a windshield mount, and reference guide.

Have any questions concerning your Whistler purchase?

Please email our support team 24/7 and we will promptly get back to you or call us during normal business hours to speak directly to one our countermeasure experts.

Why Buy from RadarBusters?

Expertise: RadarBusters is one of the longest operating and most experienced countermeasure-dedicated companies in the industry. We are not a big box electronics store that offers everything under the sun. You will find no other company that offers the same level of pre- and post-sales expertise, than us.

Authorized Whistler Dealer: RadarBusters is an authorized dealer for Whistler so you can be assured that you detector is covered under Whistler's full warranty.

Real Reviews: Unlike the other review websites out there, RadarBusters was founded by Radar Roy, a retired cop and certified traffic radar instructor with over 40 years of experience. Luxury Automotive was so impressed with our high standards and qualifications that they dubbed us the “General Schwarzkopf of radar detectors”.

No Sales Tax: You will not be charged sales tax as long as your order is shipped outside of Arizona.

We Have Answers: Have a question or concern? Please call or email us and we will be happy to assist you. If you think you are having an issue with your product in most cases we should be able to help you resolve it over the phone.

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 40 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 nice unit- great detection October 3, 2022
Reviewer: Brian Mounsey from CHINO VALLEY, AZ United States  
Radar Roy is the place to buy radar

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great Radar detector June 14, 2022
Reviewer: Mario Hernandez from El Paso, TX United States  
Amazing range and already save me all the tickets I would have gotten going to the east coast

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 A lot of power for a fair price January 29, 2022
Reviewer: Andrew Brown from Easton, PA United States  
This radar detector has a lot of features and is fairly priced compared to the other detectors on the market. The shipment was speedy and a pleasure to deal with radarbusters.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 January 29, 2022
Reviewer: Herbert E Miller from Greenville, SC United States  
Radar busters service and delivery a 5.  Trying to download Whistler CR97 updates not yet  accomplished due to error msg that I have yet to figure out.
Unit works well.  Much less false signals etc.  Need some time to tweak/program unit. for optimal operation

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 CR97 January 29, 2022
Reviewer: Vic More  
To soon to review the CR97 as I'm getting used to it. I was satisfied with the delivery date and the item was just as discribed.

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