As expected, General Motors has unveiled a new, rear-wheel drive police cruiser at the International Association of Chiefs of Police meeting in Denver, Colorado. The vehicle is based on the same platform as the Australian-market Holden Commodore, sold through 2009 as the Pontiac G8 in the United States and Canada.
Officially dubbed the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), the new cruiser is set to arrive in police fleets across the country in early 2011. Like the outgoing Pontiac G8 on which it is based, the police spec-Caprice will be available with V8 and V6 engines, although the six-cylinder version won’t become available until 2012.
When equipped with the optional 355 horsepower 6.0L V8, GM says the Caprice PPV can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, making it the fastest police vehicle currently in service. GM also says the V8-powered sedan will have the highest top speed of any police spec vehicle. Active Fuel Management and E85 capability should ensure decent fuel economy.
But police duty is more than just about running down the bad guys, which is why GM has equipped the Caprice PPV with a number of other unique features. The Caprice PPV package also includes a high-output alternator, engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers, 18-inch steel wheels, heavy duty brakes, and upgraded suspension, a revised stability control program and a driver information center mounted in the gauge cluster.
Inside, the Caprice PPV offers seating for five, with greater rear-seat leg room than the Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. The five-seat design also allows for an optional center-mounted touch-screen computer. Two trunk-mounted batteries ensure the Caprice will never run low on juice.
“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”
An undercover street appearance package will also be available for the Caprice.
The U.S. police Caprice is very similar to the civilian Chevrolet Caprice sold by General Motors in the Middle East, as well as the Holden . Slightly longer than the Commodore/G8, the Caprice police car will be built in Australia beginning next year.
I guess it is kinda cool to see it live on in the US in some form or another… but the bit about a “undercover package” made me laugh out loud. Yeah, a unmarked car that isn’t available for civilian purchase… hmmmm