Chronic speeders, it's going to take a little retraining. As the Crown Vic-based Ford Police Inetrceptor begins to fade away, GM has unveiled official details and specs for the Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV).
The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV is closely related to the Pontiac G8 and takes advantage of that short-lived model's performance tuning; and just like the G8, the model will be built in Australia and heavily based on the Aussie-market Holden Commodore SS.
Essentially as covered last week by our companion site Motor Authority—when someone tipped off GMInsideNews with a pdf link to a full technical manual on the PPV, before the rest of that site had gone live—the PPV will be offered in separate Detective Package and Police Package guise, with the detective version available in October and the other to start in January.
What matters to patrolling officers (and to those who try to run), is that there's a strong 6.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood, making 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. With the six-speed automatic transmission, which has a calibration for high-performance driving, the dash to 60 mph takes less than six seconds, and GM promises a "best-in-class top speed." The package includes a 160-mph speedo, and there's an included "Trap Speed" feature for pacing other vehicles.
To contrast, the Dodge Charger police edition comes with a 368-hp version of the Hemi V-8 and is now used by a number of highway patrols in place of the Ford Interceptor. GM has also in recent years been offering special fleet versions of the Impala for police duty, though most of these models have seen more relaxed patrol duty in residential areas.
Beginning in 2012, a lower-priced V-6 model of the Caprice will also be offered.
GM's StabiliTrak stability control system is also provided for an extra layer of safety, as are front-seat head-curtain airbags. Rear-seat curtain-type airbags are available.
Otherwise, the police version comes with all the expected available items such as blacked-out steel wheels, vinyl seating, a vinyl floor, and an auxiliary battery.
In the meantime, take a look at these pictures, and keep watch on the horizon.