General Motors has a reason to preen over the results of the Michigan State Police vehicle evaluations. The Chevrolet Caprice PPV managed to eclipse its competition in top speed and braking tests. The Caprice PPV managed to scoot down from 60 miles per hour in just 125.8 feet, which is a full four feet shorter than the equivalent Ford Interceptor Sedan. Likewise, with a top speed of 154 mph, the protect-and-serve Bowtie boasts a top speed that's 6 mph faster than the 148-mph Interceptor. While that's impressive, we're more terrified by the fact that the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV managed to ratchet up an astonishing 139 mph. That's what we call a flying brick.

The Chevrolet PPV Sedan gets its power from the company's 3.6-liter V6 engine and lays it to the pavement by the miracle of good, old-fashioned rear-wheel drive. While Ford claims that the company's forced-induction V6 garners better fuel economy with equivalent performance, it will be hard for most law enforcement agencies to brush past the PPV's taller top end and shorter stopping distance. Hit the jump for the press release.
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Chevrolet Trio Lead at Michigan State Police Tests


Caprice PPV posts best-in-class top speed and best-in-class braking for second consecutive year
Impala PPV posts best-in-class top speed among all V-6 entrants at 150 mph
Tahoe PPV has segment-leading top speed and reduces stopping distance seven feet

GRATTAN, Mich. – Chevrolet has three good reasons for scofflaws to behave on the roads. Led by the 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), the brand's 2012 police lineup beat the competition at the recent Michigan State Police testing in Chelsea and Grattan, Mich.

"The results speak for themselves and prove why they're the best choice for law enforcement duty today," said Dana Hammer, manager, Law Enforcement Vehicles.

The Caprice PPV 6.0L V8 was best-in-class in the 60-0 mph braking test for the second straight year, with a 125.8 ft. stopping distance. That was four feet less than the Ford Police Interceptor Taurus AWD turbo.

"When we set out to develop the Caprice PPV, we received critical input from police officers around the nation and they told us they wanted a serious rear-drive performance cruiser," said James Soo, lead development engineer of the Caprice PPV. "The Caprice has been designed solely for the police officer who depends on performance and technology to get the job done."

Caprice also posted a best-in-class top speed for the second consecutive year increasing 6 mph to 154 mph compared to 148 mph for the Ford Police Interceptor Taurus AWD turbo.

"In terms of braking, an average deceleration rate of 30.77 feet per second is unprecedented for police cruisers, so we're quite pleased," Soo said.

The Caprice LFX 3.6L V-6 outperformed the naturally aspirated Dodge Charger V-6 and Ford Police Interceptor Taurus Sedan V-6 in 60-0 mph braking, top speed and acceleration.

The Impala, with its new LFX 3.6L V-6 engine, posted a best-in-class top speed of 150 mph – faster than any V-6 entrant. The Impala has an increase of more than 70 horsepower compared to last year. It topped all naturally aspirated V-6 entrants in acceleration and top speed.

At 150 mph, the naturally aspirated Impala posted a higher top speed than the Ford Police Interceptor Taurus AWD twin-turbo V-6.

"We increased the 2012 Impala's power significantly, so it was a wolf in sheep's clothing and surprised quite a few agencies," Hammer said. "We did this while not sacrificing the safety performance or fuel efficiency of the vehicle."

The Impala PPV improved in the MSP 60 to 0 braking test by seven feet compared to 2010, and delivers 28 mpg highway, a 4 mpg improvement over the 2011 model.

The Tahoe PPV, the first and only traditional SUV designed for police use, achieved segment-leading top speed at 139 mph and reduced its stopping distance by seven feet compared to its 2011 model.

"With the Tahoe PPV, police officers get their cake and can eat it too," Hammer said. "It not only delivers top performance efficiently, but does so with best-in-class cargo capacity."


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      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      humourous how important bragging rights are between Ford and Gm...this mirrors the HD trucks, and honestly either of those vehicles, and dare I say these three, are more than adequate...if not overkill.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh look, Laser disapproving of a GM product. THAT'S something new!/sarcasm
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ugh, you and Fried_Rice need to go away.
        Marc Swankhuizen
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's has a brand new, direct injected V6, you putz
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        Everything in that comment is wrong. I'm no GM fan, but at least try to get something right when you're trolling.
      Kenneth Legrow
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy's win on Top speed is not much of a win. When the others limit their top ends electronically. The Taurus is governered to limit the Top end but is a great deal quicker to 100 than chevy's V-6 by almost 10 seconds. We do not need cop cars doing 150+ on the highway and endangering the public. That's why Ford limits the top end electronically it safer for the cops and the public. Days of the cowboy cops should be over by now. Thanks to Gm those days are back and the public needs to beware of those SUV's flipping out of control at 130 +.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kenneth Legrow
        I don't know why this guy was downrated, he is absolutely correct.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      of course it's better, GM always > Ford.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      flybender
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ford is 4 wheel drive and gets better mileage. Seems like a better choice especially in northern states.
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flybender
        FWD/AWD is very over-rated. It's not a magic bullet for snow and ice. Existing Crown Vics and Chargers use these wonderful inventions called "snow tires" to get around in the winter.
          Dark Gnat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Doesn't matter if it's FWD. RWD or AWD if you don't have tires that get traction.
          HydraulicDragon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Are you kidding me? My FWD car is worlds better than the 5000 lb police cruisers around here. You forget, the North East is very hilly. I can fly around roads in the winter and they can't keep up at all. They also spend twice what I do on nice tires.
          jhott997
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          what? are you serious? You must live in the barren, flat, waste-land of SE Michigan. Take your Crown Vic or Charger with snow tires to western PA in the dead of winter tell me what you think.
          diablo000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          I agree with Gnat. I live in CT. I own a G8 GT with 330RWHP. I have a dedicated set of 17" winter/snow tires. I get around better than all the AWD/4WD/FWD vehicles on the road that run their all season treads. A good Winter tire is essential to living in a state in the snow belt. Only thing that will stop me and my car is the slightly low front end; I'll tend to plow because it's a little lower (and pointier) than your average car.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      dont know if in the last 10 years top speed has been a priority....Helicopters are pretty hard to outrun....
        wilkegm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Most departments that don't extensively patrol freeways, have both policy's and insurance that forbids operation above 100mph. This is why a report involving a high speed pursuit usually labels "speeds in excess of 90 mph". The 139 top speed on the Tahoe means that just about any GM truck will do that speed, with the limiter removed.
      Neil
      • 3 Years Ago
      i will never own a front drive car! they are many times harder to steer out of a skid than a rear drive car, because of the fact the steering and drive wheels are not the same. i have put front drives in the ditch, but the 85 grand marquis ive had for 5 1/2 years has never been in the ditch. no snow tires, chains or sandbags in the trunk! the only changes ford need to make to their full framers was the 5.0 from the mustang, a 6-speed automatic and better sound systems! and im sorry there is no unibody out there that can absorb pot holes better and handle the abuse that a full frame car can handle! and by the way, the ecoboost does NOT have v6 economy... it gets the same as some v8s... hyundai's 4.6 with the 8-speed auto is better and their direct injected 5.0 gets the same as the ecoboost. both have more horsepower, but the 5.0 has more torque also! lets use the hyundai genesis and/or the equus for police cars!
        HydraulicDragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Neil
        Luxury cars? You want to use LUXURY cars for police vehicles? Not on my tax dollars! "i will never own a front drive car! they are many times harder to steer out of a skid than a rear drive car, because of the fact the steering and drive wheels are not the same." If you have trouble driving a FWD car in bad weather, I'm going to go ahead and assume you have trouble brushing your own teeth. FWD cars are extremely easy to steer out of a skid, you turn the wheels into the skid and punch the gas. Point and click. If you can't drive my 2900 lb '97 Nissan Altima better than your 1985 Grand Marquis, then you need to go back to drivers ed. A 19. 85. Grand. Marquis. My god man, what do you pay for gas?
          harbour
          • 3 Years Ago
          @HydraulicDragon
          Based on your comment, I guess you carry a large mirror that you look at frequently to admire yourself.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't think 6 mph top end speed, and 4 feet from an emergency stop are going to be much of a factor at all. Over the life of a police car, top speed chases are rare. as should be complete emergency stops from 60 mph, whereas gas mileage is an every day/every week occurence and will probably factor in much more. The biggest factor will be initial price, especially in these times. Several towns around me are rehabbing their current police cars with more than 100,000 miles on them rather than allocating funds for new cars.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't think top speed was a major factor for police, since high speed chase's get called off when speed's become dangerous to the public. After all, you can't out run the radio.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        It's definitely being limited at 154 too, as the V6 hits 150.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Naturally aspirated engines tend to be more reliable in the long term and easier to work on. Less concerns over vacuum leaks and shutting down a hot turbo with oil in the line, and fitting from all the ducting coming loose, or intercoolers damaged. If the faster car with the shorter stopping distance and more reliable engine is priced similarly, the Ford is going to be a tough sell.
        Cornel001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Three people didnt notice that this interceptor compared isnt the ecoboost awd version. Whats worse, they think that an aspirated is faster than a turbo with same displacement.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        New turbo cars often have systems that will circulate oil after the car has been shut off.
      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is a car that GM should sell to the general public and maybe the only one or two GM cars I would consider. Plus, we already have lots of FWD and AWD choices. I would think there is a market for RWD V8 sedans even though the Pontiac G8 didn't do well. Its all in how it's marketed. A big plus would be to make a big RWD V8 coupe out of that platform, something GM used to be good at.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        Only way I'd be interested is if the sedan was based on the G8/Commodore styling. I don't think the Caprice is all that good looking IMO. I'm all for Chevy having a nice RWD performance sedan, but I don't want anything just for the sake of saying it's RWD and has a bowtie on the front.
          citidriver
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          Agree 100%
          Dark Gnat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          The civilian version will likely have a sportier look, similar to the Zeta Lumina.
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