2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV – Click above for high-res image gallery

Do you own a fast car? Does your inner conscience often lose control of your right foot? If so, dear speeder, we have an important Public Service Announcement you'll be keenly interested in:

The first batch of Australian-built 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV police cruisers has reportedly made it to the States. So says Automotive News, who reports that the tally is currently very small (just 23 were sold in May to unidentified law agencies), but more are clearly on the horizon – AN helpfully reminds that police car sales can average 65,000 to 70,000 units when the economy isn't in a funk.

So, all you horizon scanners out there on the lookout for the Boys in Blue (or is that the boys in the black and whites?), you've got one more silhouette to burn into your brains. Take a good look at the Chevrolet in our high-res image gallery below, and commit it to memory. You have been warned.

(Or, ya know, you could just obey the posted speed limits...)


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      Berto
      • 3 Years Ago
      The time I lived in Australia has paid off... I now have those headlights imprinted in my mind day and night.
      enorym
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats great...now where's the paddy wagon version? http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/pictures/1991_Chevrolet_Caprice.jpg
      yesaninsider
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it have a 425 hp LS3 and a manual transmission like mine ;) ? Nah, not worried then...cept I hear that radio mod is pretty quick
      notbendingover
      • 3 Years Ago
      "(Or, ya know, you could just obey the posted speed limits...)" Just like the hypocrite police?
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @notbendingover
        Last week I watched a Cop do the following, and he wasnt on his way to a call. 1) 60 in a 40 2) Failure to signal while changing lanes 3) failure to signal while turning 4) failure to make a complete stop before turning right 5) Turning on a NO TURN ON RED F**king pigs make me sick.
          JamesJ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          One thing I always see in my area is police cars will turn on their lights just to go through a red light, and then shut them off once they're through.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          None of that surprises me. I see cops doing that all of the time where I live.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a difficult time getting excited about a police car. I don't care what cops drive; I will still think of them the same way. Now, a civilian version of this is something I can get excited about. Not crazy about the "Caprice" nameplate though, especially when "Impala" is on such a bland car. You listening GM?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...And still better than most other sedans out there today. I would take a civilian version of this over any Impala, Malibu, or Taurus. In many respects, I take your statement to be a compliment when considering the bloat and unnecessary styling cues of many of todays offerings. An Impala SS version of this would transform GMs, particularly Chevrolet's lineup. I hope GM does the right thing, and not use the ill-timed G8 as a gauge for this car's potential.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          I don't know that I'd take this over a Taurus myself(unless I wanted RWD). I'm not a huge fan of this styling. But I'd definitely agree with your argument using the Impala. I had a 2007 SS and that thing left a lot to be desired to say the very least. I'd rather see an SS based off the Commodore/G8 myself I think that was a better looking car. Too bad that will never happen.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...And still better than most other sedans out there today. I would take a civilian version of this over any Impala, Malibu, or Taurus. In many respects, I take your statement to be a compliment when considering the bloat and unnecessary styling cues of many of todays offerings. An Impala SS version of this would transform GMs, particularly Chevrolet's lineup. I hope GM does the right thing, and not use the ill-timed G8 as a gauge for this car's potential.
      Brandon Walter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crown Vic lights? Down. Impala? Somewhat down. Charger, Taurus, and Caprice? I don't think so.. still need to buy myself a Valentine 1.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brandon Walter
        i got all of em down except the taurus and caprice. Escort Passport here i come
      shmtnmusic
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many Zbows does it have?
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Base on the police report from LA, Caprice seems to be the obvious winner. But I think taxpayers' money will be better spent on a I4 turbo version.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        I would rather see them on scooters and seg-ways. Give us this, GM.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        there's gonna be a V6 version next year.....I don't see this thing using a turbo I4...and besides, the V8 comes with cylinder-deactivation, so when you're cruisin' down the street, you're only using 4 cylinders instead of all 8...
      Rick Waters
      • 3 Years Ago
      I WORK AT POLICE SHOP SHREVEPORT LA. I HAVE DRIVEN ONE IT IS GOVERNED AT 149MPH I WILL DO IT AND MORE WE ARE GETTING 92 OF THEM CANT WAIT IT WILL SMOKE THE THE TIRES CANT WAIT FOR AUCTION TO BUY ONE RICK
      Jess B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Last Sunday while I was out jogging, I saw a white 2012 Caprice PPV detective series model parked in a private driveway of a stately white house in the Flower Valley neighborhood of Rockville, Maryland. I was very surprised to see it as I didn't know they were on sale yet. It looked great - very long and stately. GM should strongly consider selling them to civilians, albeit with body-color door handles, rearview mirros, and shiny alloy wheels in LT and LTZ guise. It would do very well, certainly better than the Pontiac G8, considering Chevy has a vast dealership network.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jess B
        I agree. The G8 never really had a chance to succeed because, by the time it hit showrooms, Pontiac already had one foot in the grave, and the other on a roller-skate. You combine that with the market crashing, oil spiking, and consumer confidence in GM near an all time low, and you have a perfect recipe for failure.
        htay9500
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jess B
        Whoa so now MoCo cops got them too?
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why didn't GM just assemble the Commodore/Senator in the US from the very beginning? Did there s a bigger market for Camaros than RWD sedans in this country? Idiots.
        Matthew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Because Australia would never go for it.. Commodore is an Aussie icon. Try and take away our Commodores and Falcons and you will have a lot of Holden and Ford fans invading the US from Australia :P.
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