After recent rumours that the Holden Commodore-based Pontiac G8 might be reborn as a law-enforcement-only vehicle in the States, GM has revealed the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), based on the Holden Statesman.
Announced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Colorado, the Caprice PPV will be available from next year, with patrol duties expected to begin in early 2011.
Instead of reworking the Holden Commodore-based platform of the retired Pontiac G8, GM has built the Caprice PPV on the longer version of the Zeta platform that underpins the Holden Ute and Statesman.
The cars will be built in Australia at Holden’s assembly plant in Elizabeth, SA, and are set to provide a shot in the arm for the plant’s total output.
“North American law enforcement fleets account for about 70,000 sales a year so securing a fraction of those sales would be a major manufacturing boost for GM’s operations in Australia,” said Holden Executive Director Sales and Marketing, John Elsworth. “Opportunities like this don’t come around very often, so we are working hard to deliver a world class product worthy of serious consideration by the police.”
The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV will be powered by a 6.0 litre LS2 V8 engine developing 265kW and 520Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s competitor, Dodge’s law enforcement version of the Charger develops 253kW, and the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria produces a lowly 187kW.
The Caprice PPV is capable of reaching 60mph (96km/h) in under six seconds. A V6-powered version is expected in 2012, and will make use of the SIDI-equipped 3.6 litre engine used by the 2010 VE Commodore.
“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations said. “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.”
As a vehicle on law-enforcement duties, the Caprice PPV will get a full range of police-specific equipment, including 18-inch steel wheels and heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension.
The police-specific mechanical list includes a high-output alternator and engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers.
A “police-calibrated stability control system” will also feature in the Caprice PPV. Extra large seats have been fitted to accomodate officers’ gun/equipment belts and also mean an extra donut can be enjoyed care free. It’s good news for American criminals too with the Caprice PPV offering 100mm more leg space in the rear than the outgoing Crown Vic car.