• Jan 28, 2011
Chevrolet Caprice police car gets flogged – Click above to watch the video after the jump

With the Ford Crown Victoria on the outs, the competition to be the "cop car of the future" is intense. Ford has both the Taurus- and Explorer-based Police Interceptors, Dodge is prepping a copped-up Charger and Chevrolet has the Holden Statesman-based Caprice Patrol Vehicle. As you can imagine, all three companies are working hard to woo local police departments into ordering large fleets, and here we see the General Motors folks showing off its new Caprice to officers in Arizona.

The officers seem impressed with the 355-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 and tight suspension, and the added interior space appears to be winning over the boys and girls in blue brown, as well. Interestingly, the folks at GM's Holden division ran this event instead of team Chevy. Makes sense, especially since the event enabled Holden engineers can get feedback from straight from the customer. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.



[Source: YouTube]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      F*&k the police. Give those pigs an Aveo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      355 hp, do cops really need this much power? I remember when I was a teenager a decade ago and the cops had 215 hp Crown Vic's. No match for my Z28, as evidenced one late night in the south. Considering 80 mph was reckless, I'm glad I never found out what twice that netted you. Ah, the memories...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Judging from your comments, you've answered your own question.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Made in Australia... hmm..... Why not the U.S.? *Sigh*
      • 3 Years Ago
      Police should drive ford escorts and that title is misleading cause no one got shot
        • 3 Years Ago
        Correction: Police should use the best all around car for their value. They need Size and Durability. At the end of the day, its our tax dollars paying for these.

        So I personally love to see this car, but from a practical stand point, give them the Ford Taurus for sedans and Ford Explorer for SUVs. Better yet, make it so officers can get the Taurus with the base V6 and AWD so agencies in the North East are not ordering SUVs just for Winter Weather purposes. So you have a FWD V6, AWD V6, and AWD EcoBoost V6. I think the same should be said for the Explorer.

        Same Engines, Similr Platform, easy servicability, and less overall costs. Besides just because cops like RWD and V8s doesn't mean they need them if the V6 FWD Taurus is just as quick as the old Crown Vic V8. And this crap about not beinf use to the way FWD cars handle is nonsense because I'm sure their personal cars are not Ford Crown Vics. They are trained to adapt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How does a 6.0 liter engine only generate 355hp in this day and age?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a variant of the LS2 with an extremely mild cam, cylinder deactivation and tuned for reliable operation on low octane fuel or ethanol.

        A tune and cam swap puts it well over 400hp as G8 GT owners already know.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh_my_god. Edit that second to last sentence
        • 3 Years Ago
        But aren't sentence we be sentence structure well good?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's not a bad looking Chevy. And, there's no civilian version? Sacrilege!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be a nice new Impala.Or a Buick Roadmaster.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We'll be seeing these in the hands of "PHX's finest" here shortly.
      Too bad we don't get the civilian version here.. yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, I sent you guys a tip on this the other day and no credit? :(

      Anyway, it's a great car and mechanically identical to the G8 GT, except it's longer with more backseat and trunk space. There's nothing cheap about it.

      According to the Aussie media Holden and GM's intial orders for it have been much stronger than anticipated too. Good news for everyone involved.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I should have bought the G8 GXP.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope police officers love this car and use it everywhere, because since no civilian version is sold, unmarked cop cars will be easy to spot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would agree with you except it looks a heck of a lot like an Impala. Then again, I just assume those are police anyways.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Until the old used models are sold to the public like they do with all the other cop cars...
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