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After a 15-year absence patrolling U.S. streets, an all-new law-enforcement-only Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) joins GM's fleet in 2011. Although it's built on the same rear-wheel-drive Camaro and dearly-departed Pontiac G8-spawning Zeta platform, it's not a G8 sedan.



Chevrolet plans to make the announcement of their new police cruiser today at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in Denver, Colorado. Because we asked, we've been given an exclusive look at the details of the new car they plan to begin taking orders on next year with cars set to hit the streets in early 2011.

Contrary to reports at the end of last week by a number of auto outlets, we're now able to exclusively report GM's new police cruiser brings back the old Chevy Caprice name. It also will not be a re-badged Pontiac G8 sedan. Instead, the new Chevy uses the longest wheelbase version of the Zeta platform — 118.5" — making it almost four inches longer than the 114.7" wheelbase Pontiac G8 sedan. If that bigger-than-G8 number sounds familiar, it should — it's the same length as the Holden VE Ute, the Holden Statesman and the Middle Eastern Chevy Caprice and...drum roll, please...the Pontiac "El Camino" G8 ST. That's right folks, the new police car from Chevy is as close to the El Camino as we're coming here in the U.S. We'll give you a moment to clean up any coffee you've just spit up.

Done? Good, because there's more to the story. Chevy sounds like it's setting up the Caprice to not only meet the bar set by the police vehicle competition, but to blow it away. The long wheelbase Zeta-platformed Chevy sits right in the middle of the Ford Crown Vic's 114.7" wheelbase and the larger Dodge Charger's 120.0" wheelbase.

Under the hood, GM says the Caprice will have a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine rated at an estimated 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed auto transmission. Power output compares favorably to the 340 HP HEMI in the Dodge Charger police edition and absolutely blows away the Ford Crown Vic's 250 HP 4.6-liter V8.



We're told that bigger engine will deliver an expected best-in-class 0-to-60 time of under six seconds along with a similarly best-in-class top speed. But, for those forces uninterested in the super-sized 6.0-liter eight-cylinder engine, we're also told a V6 engine will be offered beginning in the 2012 model year.

The Caprice with both engine sizes will recieve the same police car-specific vehicle systems like high-output alternator and standard 18-inch steelies with bolt-on center caps and will ride on a heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension and a "police-calibrated stability control system."

Chevy's cop competitive streak continues to the interior with optional compatibility available for in-dash, touch-screen computer technology (by relocating the standard radio to the trunk), two trunk-mounted batteries, with one of them dedicated to powering various police equipment and complimentary special packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an "undercover" street-appearance package. Good luck with the "undercover" part considering there's no civilian version of the Caprice PPV.

Even the front seats have been sculpted to "pocket" an officer's equipment belt, with the foam density of the seatback and cushion insert surfaces designed to conform to the shape of an equipment belt's various items, allowing the officer's back to rest properly on the seatback surface. The barrier between the front seat and rear seat is also positioned farther rearward than the Charger or the Crown Vic, allowing for full front-seat travel and greater recline while officers take a highway-side siesta.

The new Caprice will also have significantly larger interior volume — 112 cubic feet — than the Ford Crown Victoria, including — thanks to the longer wheelbase — nearly 4 inches more rear legroom to help give handcuffed suspects a much more comfortable experience. The Caprice PPV's long wheelbase also gives it 18 cubic feet of free trunk volume. That's enough room for a full-size spare located under a flat load surface in the trunk storage area and any number of shotguns, RPGs and whatever other riot gear an officer feels like fitting into a trunk.

The new Caprice will not replace any current vehicle in the GM police vehicle fleet. Rather, it will join the Chevy Impala and the Chevy Tahoe in the bowtied brand's marked patrol vehicle lineup as a very high-powered member of GM's fraternity of police vehicles.

We can't wait to try out the driver's seat. Hopefully it'll be sometime before we try out the extra-large back seat.




 

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Finally! With the police not having much to choose from besides Chargers (Super cop cars with Hemis in them!) and Impalas, this will help boost sales for GM in the fleet line up. Because Crown Vics are so close to death that even the police don't want them any longer.
 

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not a Ford man myself but I am sure Ford will sell every Crown Vic they can make for 2010...hopefully this on again off again Caprice will be made and will be big...seems the size matters more than all the rest today with squad cars being rolling offices...
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I would have been considerably more interested in the Pontiac G8 ST mentioned in your post. I would have camped out in line to buy one of those had they ever been produced......
 

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I think the problem with the ST was (besides the name...why not Sprint...a name that has Pontiac Heritage as well as the El Camino/Sprint/Caballero heritage?)...the independent rear suspension...made it so you couldn't carry near anything in it...
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I think the problem with the ST was (besides the name...why not Sprint...a name that has Pontiac Heritage as well as the heritage?)...the independent rear suspension...made it so you couldn't carry near anything in it...
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It's a 'Sport Truck' or 'Sports Truck', whatever that is. I wouldn't have carried 'near anything' in it. People didn't buy El Caminos/Sprints/Caballeros to do any type of serious hauling, did they? I know I wouldn't. That's what Silverados are for:)
 

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I would have been considerably more interested in the Pontiac G8 ST mentioned in your post. I would have camped out in line to buy one of those had they ever been produced......
The first Pontiac truck since, what, 1956? Unless you count that one-off Grand Am truck they made out of an El Camino in like 1980 or '81. I was excited for the wagon version personally, but I totally would have gotten the truck had they made it.

I still think it would be in GM's best interest to bring back Pontiac in a few years. Or sell the rights to someone that's going to do more than just sit on the trademark.
 

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I think the average person won't be able to tell the difference between the Caprice and the Impala so undercover it will still catch speeders.

They need to market it to cab companies too.

I was looking at a cop car yesterday here in Orlando and I thought it was an Impala, but it was wierd. It had the old body style Impala grill and the new style tailights. The more I look at pictures of this car the more it looks like that. Almost exactly like the bottom car with the black and white paint. I blew it off. I figured my mind was playing tricks and the front didn't look like it did when it came up on me. Now I'm wondering if I saw a test car that may have been down here for a department to look at. Orlando uses the Chevy Impala as well as most of the counties here.

Chevy should put the same motors in the Tahoe and the Caprice. Departments then have to buy one part for all their veicles.
 

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I think the police should be limited to Aveos, damn it, my taxes are high enough. They don't need V8's, they need fuel efficiency. Have you ever seen a cop in a cruiser that wasn't running, even when parked for hours? All this does is encourage more Dukes of Hazzard crap, like fishtailing it around corners, just because it's RWD...
 

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What about a Vibe? They're still making those, aren't they?
 

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don't know how this would go in the US but this is one type of cop car here in aus. We call it a divvy or paddy wagon. Its just a ute with a bit of a body built on it. they use them for drunk and violent offenders. there is no seat belts and not much of a seat in them. they just chuck you in and take off to the lock up. Its a ruff old ride in them.







This is a link to a write up about them
 

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Then a minivan ought to do the trick.
I think that is actually a great idea. It isn't like cops can even drive good enough to need a super fast car. You just follow the criminal at a safe distance and use a radio and helicoper to track them down.
 

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don't know how this would go in the US but this is one type of cop car here in aus. We call it a divvy or paddy wagon. Its just a ute with a bit of a body built on it. they use them for drunk and violent offenders. there is no seat belts and not much of a seat in them. they just chuck you in and take off to the lock up. Its a ruff old ride in them.







This is a link to a write up about them

The problem in the US is we have a bunch of Liberal lawyers with nothing better to do than sue for cruel treatment of our scum. These lawyers band together as a gang and call themselves the ACLU. If the cops get the least bit rough with someone resisting arrest, or running from them, or trying to kill them, this gang sues the police. Then our hardearned taxpayer dollars go to fund the gang called the ACLU through extortion. They sue for court costs.

Unfortunately our government has been taken over by lawyers that make more laws for lawyers to get rich off of.

Putting someone in a paddy wagon would be demeaning, the rough ride would be inhumane and the whole incident would end the careers of the officers and their supervisors involved.
 
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