• Oct 8, 2010
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The numbers are in, folks. This year's Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation pitted Ford's Jurassic Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (the new Taurus-based Police Interceptor was reportedly on hand, but its numbers won't be included until next year), Chrysler's 2011 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit model and General Motors' Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle against each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the finish. And let's just say the results are closer than you might think.

For instance, as pointed out by the proud parents at Chevrolet, the Caprice did, in fact, manage to set the best acceleration times to 60 miles per hour and 100 mph. But... and there's always a but... the 2011 Charger was pretty much neck-and-neck with the Caprice. In fact, the Charger was quicker to 20, 40, 50, 70 and 80 mph. So, which one is really quicker? Pretty much a photo finish, if you ask us.

Also, top speeds between the two competitors were within spitting distance: 148 mph for the Caprice and 146 for the Hemi-powered Charger. There's plenty more intriguing data as well, such as the fact that the new Pentastar V6-powered Charger was, on average, almost exactly as fast around the race track as its more powerful V8-powered sibling, and both were about a second behind the Caprice in the lap time derby.

And what of the old stalwart? Ford's age-old Crown Victoria did its best, but was still over two seconds behind at 60 mph and a woeful 10 seconds afield by 100. Top speed for the Vic was 129 (with a 3.27 rear end, which was even slower in acceleration tests than its 3.55-equipped brother), and its lap times were well behind that of the Caprice and Charger.

Braking tests also favored the new Caprice and Charger. Chevy's entry posted a projected 60-0 stopping distance of 128.3 feet and the Charger managed to come to a halt in 133.9 feet (133.2 with the V6). For comparison, the Crown Vic needs 141.6 feet to haul itself down from speed.

One final note: If acceleration is really what an officer is into, perhaps he should consider a switch to two wheels. Kawasaki's Concours 14 ABS Police bike hit 100 mph in under 10 seconds and the BMW R1200 RTP did the deed in under 12. See the complete preliminary testing results here at the link below.



[Source: Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now GM needs to make a civilian version of the Caprice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The question which is more fuel efficient ?
      Tax dollars doesn't mean can have a gas guzzler
        • 4 Years Ago
        TriSheild: "the Caprice and Charger offer vastly better performance, dynamics, safety and packaging for it. "

        Not so fast (pun intended). The CVPI is the only one of the three with a 70mph rear crash rating. It may be the safest car available for purchase. Additionally, it's dynamics are much more predictable and manageable than the Charger (I can't speak for the Caprice). Packaging? For PI packaging, not to mention third party support, nothing beats the CVPI. It has too much history.

        Performance, I'll agree.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both cars are very efficient for what they are and what they do over the Crown Victoria. All of them average mid to high teens overall per tank (even the V6s) - the Caprice and Charger offer vastly better performance, dynamics, safety and packaging for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford should have put the new 5.0 w/6sp in the CVPI and it could have served for another decade.
      I was a cop in the early nineties and the Caprices were great, the CVPI were slow in camparision but reliable as hell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As stated in the last update to the Michigan test, the Chevy had more room.

      So it's bigger and faster.

      Seems like a win for Chevy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Top speed for the Vic was 129"

      I fully expected the CVPI to get spanked in this kind of contest, but I simply don't believe it tops out at 129. I can testify that the CVPI will blow right by 129mph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, yeah, yeah....lots of big hand gestures, "we're designing for 30-something males", bla, bla, bla. Is this guy in Marketing department or what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Which one is best at running 10mph over the limit, downtown, and is easiest to handle while talking to the officer's out-of-control, single-mom, mistress? That's what my local police need.

      And don't waste the time and expense of putting turn signals in it.

      Give 'em a 3cyl, fwd, tin can with a sound system that imitates a V-8, and they wouldn't know the difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically mild improvements at a massive cost?

      What I'm seeing here is the Crown Vic could've soldiered on with a refresh of some of its hardware.

      But anyway I'm getting tired of seeing them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, I don't like any of them. They all look just as cheap as their consumer versions. They may be more economic but I can see a lot of police officers dying in car accidents as those cars don't look capable of taking the abuse law enforcement is unfortunately forced to put them through every day. The money saved in fuel will be negated by costs that go to body shops (who will make a ton of money). Something (i.e. apprehending a perp) that normally wouldn't do anything to the earlier Crown Vic or Caprice...or maybe a small scratch or dent...looks like it will leave significant damage in those body panels. I'll also be curious how durable the trannies and engines will turn out to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yo ppl! That chevy ain't the fastest! Ppl in italy use lambos as police cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It does not make sense to start comparing police cars and then end up comparing bikes with police cars. Few cops have the expertise of driving a bikes, weather plays a good part in bike riding and for obvious reasons, the same amount of police cars still will be needed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Charger!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go banana!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RA

        So you know how a 2011 Charger drives then?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go Kawi!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point! No I don't.. But I didn't hear of any non-cosmetic changes. This is a face-life, not an all new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "go charger"

        I own a Charger R/T 5.7L HEMI and it DOES haul arse! However for police duty, I wouldn't recommend it! It turns like a Marshmallow and I even asked about suspension upgrades police might have and they said "it's the same supsension"..

        As a Charger owner / driver I too still say GO CHARGER

        I can't wait for the Taurus numbers though! That should be interesting...
        Oh and just to add the comment, both the Charger and Taurus look better than the Caprice by far. They really did a bland job on the Caprice!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Clearly he's driven it already, so why don't you tell us what it's like? Oh, you just own a previous generation model that has almost nothing to do with the new Charger, never mind.

        "As the Dodge brand's flagship, the chassis of the all-new 2011 Charger is designed, engineered and fine-tuned to deliver a level of quality, capability and refinement that rivals the very best European, Asian and North American E-segment sedans. With its new second-generation E-segment rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture, Dodge Charger features world-class suspension-tunings with re-designed geometry making for a nimble, balanced chassis that will build the Charger's legend as one of the best driving sedans in the world."
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