• Oct 5, 2009
Chevrolet Caprice PPV – Click above for new high-res images or click here for video

It occurs to us that as much as we want to test the just-announced Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicle [official details], the only chance we might have is from the back seat. The new police cruiser from General Motors has been designed specifically to woo precincts away from the Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor, and does so with seats designed to accommodate an officer's belt, a humongous optional in-dash screen for electronics (at right) and a 355-hp 6.0-liter V8 to chase down the baddies.

The Caprice PPV, which really isn't a Pontiac G8 at all but rather a left-hand-drive version of the long-wheelbase Holden Statesman, was announced late last night, but this morning General Motors has provided more images of the cop car along with video of it in hot pursuit, lights blaring and siren wailing. Click below to view new high-res images in the gallery or follow the jump for the first video of the only Zeta-based RWD sedan you can't buy in the U.S.



[Source: General Motors]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Taurus
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stupid comment system....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The If there is no Taurus no Caprice I still think police car could use cars that are already made in North America. For example lately NYPD have been purchasing MANY Nissan Altima. Yes they are made in U.S.A

      Other cars that also could become a Police cars are.. Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu. Remember like many of you agree they don't have to be fast, as long they are easy to maintain or get their spare parts and easy on the gasoline because every States, City now really want to save money or cut their budget.

      Those baddies can be fast but hey they can't outrun Motorola radios :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where did the idea that this car won't be federalized come from?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cops should drive smart for 2 cars them crazy pigs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Taurus would be a much better police car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not both?
        • 5 Years Ago
        especially in places where it rains & snows.
        Taurus + 3.7 V6 + front drive or haldex & 3.16/3.39 axle ratio.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As long as the build them in America I am for either car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure this car is built in Australia...government motors is just importing them with new badges. If you wanted to do the whole support America thing the Chicago-built Taurus would probably be the better car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be built in Australia.

        Long wheel base for the cops who love their donuts just that little bit more lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can a 6.0l engine produce just 355hp? That's a hp/liter ratio not seen since the '80s!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because hp/L is all that matters in making a great-performing vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, why don't they just drop in some S2000's engines into them right?

        120hp/L ought to be fine right?

        Too bad 153lb-ft of torque won't do much for the performance, especially when it's at 7500RPM.

        If you're going to have a high HP/L ratio, you're going to either have to rev the engine really high or have a power adder on it(i.e. a turbo or supercharger).

      • 5 Years Ago
      As happy as I am seeing the car coming back to the US and I would want one if I can't get a G8. I would hate to be chased by one, not many people will be able to outrun them. Then again you can't beat a radio lol!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh, you can outrun a radio. Unless you're on the highway, of course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone else see all those Pontiac badges in the image gallery?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah.

        I guess they're from the G8-based one they came up with a while back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's nice to see the cops finally getting some modern architecture for sure! This thing will corner better and likely be more comfortable for the men in blue. The Dodge Charger just sux. I've heard that cops hate them more than their ancient Crown Vics! But - personally this thing looks like a fancy Impala and that't not a good thing. I'm not scared by this car at all! I know the CrownVic isn't terribly threatening but we all know it and have developed an impulsive behavior change when we see one even if we KNOW it is a civilian. Even the Mercury version makes me slow down! However, this car just looks too damn happy. It looks 10 years old already. Even the Crown Vic is more modernly styled. It's as if Mazda made a PPV with that smiling face. If you ask me, stick with the G8 version minus the Pontiac badge. Hell even call it the Caprice. It will do a better job of putting the fear in us all. Meanwhile, I can't belive Ford is going to completely give up on this money maker! If i were them, I'd modernize the Crown Vic a little or just a mild refresh. So what if the public won't buy it. Don't even offer a civilian version and just focus on the po-po's! The cops will still buy it. It's what they know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those steelies look great on that car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, why don't they make the entire car with LCD?
      more LCD, more light = better police car
      as the picture shown, they are not using the tax dollars good enough
      • 5 Years Ago
      May I just say, it is about damn time the Caprice came back.
      I know from talking to the Carson Sheriff's Dept. in mid 2005, they only had 3 Caprice's left in their fleet. The ones who were lucky enough to patrol in them, prefered them over the Ford Crown Vic's.
      I have a 1983 Caprice (non police), it was the only type of car my Uncle would buy. I also had a 1991 Caprice Wagon that I loved, very comfy, loved the Wayback seating. And my favorite was my 73 Caprice Coupe, it had a 400 small block, and it took off like a bat, and was a very smooth ride.
      It broke my heart when Chevy/GM took the Caprice off of the market. I hope it comes back to the general public, it was a safe & sturdy ride.
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