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Chevrolet Caprice PPV – Click above for high-res image gallery

Late last year, General Motors announced that it would build a Zeta-based Police Car for North American duty. Though there was already a perfectly good Pontiac G8 available before GM decided to shutter the brand, this Zeta would be based on the longer version of that platform as used by the Holden Statesman and be known as the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicle.

Well, what do you know. Chevy brought just such a vehicle to the Chicago Auto Show, and we managed to snap off a series of photos to share. According to the personnel manning the booth, the Caprice PPV is still in concept form, complete with a refurbished Toughbook panel from Panasonic attached to the center console.

Being a long-wheelbase Zeta, the Caprice PPV has plenty of room for a divided cockpit with what appears to be a plexiglass barrier protecting the driver and front passenger from whatever or whomever happens to be confined to the rear. Other interesting tidbits include a number of storage locations, including one for weapons between the two front seats.

We're sure the cops will appreciate the E85-compatible 6.0-liter V8 and the 355 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque it puts out. Now if only GM could find a way to put just such a Caprice (or, would that be a proper Impala SS?) in every single Chevrolet dealership around the country, they may really be on to something.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This was at the LA Auto Show in November too. It's nothing new.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all those inches of global warming, I think police departments are going to look elsewhere.
      Ford Taurus + 3.7 V6 + Haldex = new foul weather interceptor
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does GM offer the Tahoe to police agencies with the BW 44-81, 44-82, or 44-84 transfer case?
        No, so why would a police department blow the budget on a less than capable gas guzzler?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is a Tahoe in the background in one of those pictures. It would do just fine with this weather.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still with a center console? Does GM expect precincts will remove the passenger seat to fit equipment like some had to for the Z28 Camaros? I can see that for highway cars but not regular squad cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        a few seconds too short, curse my slow typing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To those hating on the G8 - it was the economy that killed the car (and Pontiac)...there's no other argument.

      Well maybe the typical Pontiac'ed grill and scoops didn't help lol, but overall it was (is) a phenominal vehicle by all accounts...but it came to market at precisely the wrong time; launched on the eve of the worst sales dropoff ever seen in automotive industry.

      Sad, a shame really.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is car definantly has a 4 speed auto, not 6 (GM's famous clunker 4L65-E). This is similar to what chevy offers in the Middle East. 4-Speeds for the cheaper lower end models (LS & LTZ) and six speeds for the higher models (SS & Royale).
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the record, this car was at the LA Auto Show last December, I saw it there
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have one thing to say..."What you gonna do when we come for you?~"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Importing a car model just for police service? They should really consider it for "civilian" use as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They'll have to do away with the center console for police use. It interferes with the driver's personal gear (sidearm, etc).

      Didn't I recently read they were developing a column-mounted gear selector for this car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      offered. to the public as an SS model? think about it. then start to realize that the government owns majority stock in GM and... oops, here comes a cop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MikeW: Blackwater is more "unaccountable paramilitary mercenary force."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Dodge police car looks way better, modern and just cool looking, sorry Chevy you police days are up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior just won't work. The center console with the floor shifter is simply not practical in a police car. The computer is way too high and there'e no place for the department radio. Also the tall console is too confining, there's no room for your gun to hang over the seat, it will be smashing into your hips. Anyone who wears a gunbelt will agree.
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