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    Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

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    October 5, 2009


    DENVER – An all-new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of law enforcement departments across North America in 2011. It’s a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan that will offer both V-8 and V-6 engines, as well as a host of specialized equipment and features.

    Chevrolet made the announcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in Denver, Colorado. The Caprice PPV will be available for ordering next year and will hit the streets in early 2011.

    “The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”

    Vice President, Global Chevrolet Brand Brent Dewar added, “Along with Impala and Tahoe, the Caprice PPV gives agencies a greater range of choices for police and special service vehicles that are all available from Chevrolet.”

    Unlike other police cars on the market, the Caprice PPV is not based on existing “civilian” passenger-car model sold in North America. It has been developed in key areas specifically for police duty, containing modern equipment and features:

    Powerful 6.0L V-8 with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability delivers expected best-in-class 0-60 acceleration (sub six seconds) and top speed; a V-6 engine will also be offered, beginning in the 2012 model year
    • Optional front-seat-only side curtain air bags allows a full-width rear-seat barrier for greater officer safety
    • Two trunk-mounted batteries, with one of them dedicated to powering various police equipment
    • Designed for five-passenger seating, meaning the upper-center section of the dashboard can be used for equipment mounting without the concern of air bag deployment interference
    • Compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology
    • Special front seats designed for the long-term comfort of officers whose car is their effective office, including space that accommodates the bulk of a typical equipment belt

    The front seats are sculpted to “pocket” the equipment belt, which greatly increases the comfort for a great range of police officer sizes. The foam density of the seatback and cushion insert surfaces are designed to conform to the shape of an equipment belt’s various items, too, allowing the officer’s back to rest properly on the seatback surface.

    “The Chevrolet Caprice PPV’s seats represent a revolution in comfort and utility for officers who spend long hours in their car,” said Bob Demick, lead seat design manager. “The shape also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exit the vehicle quickly. The seatback bolsters, for example, have been purposefully contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt, which includes the gun, Taser and handcuffs, which rest comfortably in the sculpted lower bolsters. That also increases the longevity of the trim cover surface.”

    Along with comfort, the materials used in the seats were also carefully selected. High-wear materials were chosen to stand up to long hours of everyday use, while breathability, long-term durability and ease of cleaning were also important criteria.

    Engineers worked on several iterations of the seat, testing a couple of versions in the field to get real-world feedback from police officers, who used prototype seats in their cruisers for a month. Their input helped determine the final design.

    Class-leading space

    The Caprice PPV is based on GM’s global rear-drive family of vehicles that also underpins the Chevy Camaro. It uses the longest wheelbase of the architecture – 118.5 inches (3,010 mm) – along with a four-wheel independent suspension that delivers responsive high-performance driving characteristics that are crucial in some police scenarios.

    Caprice PPV’s long wheelbase also contributes to exceptional spaciousness. Compared to the primary competition, its advantages include:
    • A larger interior volume – 112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters – than the Ford Crown Victoria, including nearly 4 inches (101 mm) more rear legroom
    • The barrier between the front seat and rear seat is positioned farther rearward, allowing for full front-seat travel and greater recline for officer comfort
    • At 18 cubic feet (535 liters) free space (beyond battery located in trunk), the Caprice’s trunk volume is large enough to accommodate a full-size spare tire under a flat load surface in the trunk storage area.

    The Caprice’s 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance-calibrated for police duty. Additional, police car-specific powertrain and vehicle system features include:
    • High-output alternator
    • Engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers
    • Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps
    • Large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads
    • Heavy-duty suspension components
    • Police-calibrated stability control system
    • Driver information center in the instrument cluster with selectable speed tracking feature.

    A host of complementary features are also offered, including special equipment packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an “undercover” street-appearance package (9C3).

    To enable more room for interior equipment, the standard radio can be relocated to the trunk, allowing for an in-dash, touch-screen computer to be used.

    Caprice on patrol: A brief history

    Chevrolet’s history with law enforcement is almost as old as the brand itself. Police departments have used Chevy sedans as police cars for decades, ordering them with basic equipment and powerful V-8 engines – including some special engines that weren’t available in regular-production models, such as the 1959 Biscayne that was offered with up to 315 horsepower.

    The full-size Chevrolets joined the force in 1976. All Caprice police cars – including the new, 2011 model – have carried the 9C1 order code. Here’s a quick look back at Chevys on patrol:
    1959 – Chevy Biscayne police model capable of 135 mph with specially tuned, police-only version of the 348-cubic-inch V-8 engine

    1965 – The new “big-block” 396 engine is offered in Biscayne and Bel Air police cars, making them among the most powerful on patrol; a 427 V-8 was added in 1966

    1976 – The 9C1 order code is given for the first time to a full-size Chevy police car package. It carries the Impala name.

    1977 – The full-size Chevy is downsized. The 9C1 police package is retained, as is the Impala name.

    1986 – The Caprice name replaces Impala, as the car is updated for the mid- and late-1980s – including the option of a powerful, 5.7-liter small-block V-8.

    1991 – A new-generation Caprice is launched, with the 9C1 police car still on the beat.

    1994 – The 260-horsepower (194 Nm) LT1 V-8 engine is offered in the Caprice 9C1, making it one of the fastest full-size police cars ever offered.

    1996 – Caprice police car production ends, as GM’s full-size, body-on-frame car architecture is discontinued.

    2011 – The Caprice PPV returns to active duty.











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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Thank goodness. This seemed like a natural role for the vehicle. The cops like large RWD vehicles - this is the best such vehicle for a reasonable price. Plus, there will be a bunch of used Caprices out there in a few years - hopefully well maintained and cheap.

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    Looks like they are using the Statesmen so the Park Avenue lovers are sort of getting their wish. Just too bad it is for the coppers only.

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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    And there you go boys.

    Told you some of you would be surprised. Especially considering that poll where a majority picked the Commodore.

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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Good news: I'll be able to buy my dream car in a few years.

    Bad news: It will probably be a heavily decontented version of my dream car, nothing like the Caprice Royale sold in the Middle East.

    Only question? Where is this car going to be built? Oz or Oshawa? Perhaps that's the real big announcement.
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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nsap

    A host of complementary features are also offered, including special equipment packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an “undercover” street-appearance package (9C3).
    It's the only vehicle of its type on the street! Have to admit though, the rear is very Impala like.
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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    awesome!...it's about time there is something available to compete with the ageing CV.

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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Awesome! GM is going to eat Ford's lunch. Killing the Crown Vic is leaving this market wide open. I think its been said on this forum that police agencies are unhappy with the Chargers - quality and durability issues? If GM gets this right, they can take back the police and taxi markets.

    I hope the NC State Troopers start using these. By 2015/2016, the retired cars will be for sale at the state surplus lots. Woohoo!
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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CamaroCrazy View Post
    I hope the NC State Troopers start using these. By 2015/2016, the retired cars will be for sale at the state surplus lots. Woohoo!
    I wouldn't want an x-cop car. If you want a caprice your better off with a used G8 and rebadging it.

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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    I will hate to see this beast behind me, obviously with a corvette motor. It sucks.

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    First take, it has the Omega dash and are those steelies really 18"s?
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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Certainly looks the part. Why 2011 delivery though ?

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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    It looks like an oversized chevrolet Optra...


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    I hope this will eventually be sold at Chevy dealerships as a civilian model caprice or Chevelle SS!!
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    Re: Breaking: Chevrolet Caprice Cop Car!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    I will hate to see this beast behind me, obviously with a corvette motor. It sucks.
    Actually, it is a Silverado motor.

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