All-New Chevy Caprice Police Car to Hit Streets in 2011
DENVER - An all-new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of law enforcement departments across North America in 2011. The vehicle is a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan that will offer both V-8 and V-6 engines, as well as a host of specialized equipment and features, according to General Motors.
Chevrolet made the announcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver. The Caprice PPV will be available for ordering next year and will hit the streets in early 2011.
Out of production for more than a decade, the full-size Chevrolet police cars first joined the force in 1976. Production ended in 1996, as GM discontinued its full-size, body-on-frame car architecture, according to the automaker.
The new Caprice PPV has been developed in key areas specifically for police duty, containing modern equipment and features:
- 6.0L V-8 with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E-85. V-6 engine will also be offered, beginning in the 2012 model year.
- Optional front-seat-only side curtain air bags.
- Two trunk-mounted batteries, with one dedicated to powering various police equipment.
- Designed for five-passenger seating, providing the upper-center section of the dashboard to be used for equipment mounting without the concern of air bag deployment interference.
- Compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology.
- Special front seats designed for the long-term comfort of officers, including space to accommodates the bulk of a typical equipment belt.
The Caprice PPV is based on GM's global rear-drive family of vehicles that also underpins the Chevy Camaro. It uses the longest wheelbase of the architecture - 118.5 inches (3,010 mm) - along with a four-wheel independent suspension that delivers responsive high-performance driving characteristics that are crucial in some police scenarios.
The Caprice's 6.0L V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with an estimated 384 lb.-ft. of torque, and is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance-calibrated for police duty.