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Pontiac G8 police package??

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I think with a RWD Impala coming the is no chance Pontiac will field a Police car.

Chevy has the Impala volume to take care of fleet sales and I would expect to see a Malibu Police package as more police forces have taken to the Impala FWD.

The only place I have ever seen a Pontiac police car was in Smokey and the Bandit. Pontiac never did much in sales for Police but Pontiac did do a lot of chassies for airport Limos, ambulances and funneral hearses.

GM police Packages of the future I see are the Impala, Malibu and Tahoe. I would not even hold my breath for a Camaro since the Impala will have the performance to handle the job.

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I think with a RWD Impala coming the is no chance Pontiac will field a Police car.

Chevy has the Impala volume to take care of fleet sales and I would expect to see a Malibu Police package as more police forces have taken to the Impala FWD.

The only place I have ever seen a Pontiac police car was in Smokey and the Bandit. Pontiac never did much in sales for Police but Pontiac did do a lot of chassies for airport Limos, ambulances and funneral hearses.

GM police Packages of the future I see are the Impala, Malibu and Tahoe. I would not even hold my breath for a Camaro since the Impala will have the performance to handle the job.

Eh, they'll still want Camaros for stealth just like they use Mustangs and the Gen 4 Camaros for now.

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Eh, they'll still want Camaros for stealth just like they use Mustangs and the Gen 4 Camaros for now.

They were not so much for stealth as they were for power. Keep in mind the Camaro and Mustang were brought in as chase cars as the Caprice and LTD/Crown Vic were not as powerfu then as they later were. To many people were out running them till they got the LT1 and 351 engines.

As a whole the Mustang and Camaro make very poor and expensive police cars that with todays tight budgets are going to be hard to justify. With a Impala package that will be using many the same parts and engine as the Camaro there is no reason for a Camaro package anymore. Many of todays cars wil top 150 mph in sedan form. Even my wifes V6 FWD sedan will hit the 140 MPH +.

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They were not so much for stealth as they were for power. Keep in mind the Camaro and Mustang were brought in as chase cars as the Caprice and LTD/Crown Vic were not as powerfu then as they later were. To many people were out running them till they got the LT1 and 351 engines.

As a whole the Mustang and Camaro make very poor and expensive police cars that with todays tight budgets are going to be hard to justify. With a Impala package that will be using many the same parts and engine as the Camaro there is no reason for a Camaro package anymore. Many of todays cars wil top 150 mph in sedan form. Even my wifes V6 FWD sedan will hit the 140 MPH +.

All I've ever seen them used for is busting speeders.

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FHP uses B4C Camaros for high-speed interdiciton and interception. Aside from that (and looking hot), they're really useless in other applications. And if a Camaro trooper needs to detain someone, they have to call in a regular cruiser anyway. They do have their use, though, and I suspect of the next Camaro has an impressive B4C package, larger (re: state) agencies will find a need to buy some.

As for stealth, they don't need a special car for that. The latest trick I've seen FHP use is on US19 through Pinellas County. They have five or six cruisers sitting out of sight behind a barrier by an onramp. A late-90s Ford Windstar sits off on the shoulder in plain view with the rear hatch open and flashers on while a small trooper wearing dark clothing crouches up in the corner of the cargo hold and shoots cars with his radar/laser. Another trooper is sitting in the second row, probably radioing ahead to the crusiers what the gun-trooper calls out.

St. Petersburg Police use officers dressed up as construction workers, city employees, and even homeless vagrants. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office uses unmarked Chargers that really sneak up on you. Largo Police has a PT Cruiser with a huge gumball light on the roof and you swear its a joke, but it nabs people. Clearwater Police has a 2000ish Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with a bedcover that pops up to reveal the hidden lightbar and a Silverado that does that same...and I swear I saw a silver Uplander with blue-and-reds.

Its better just not to speed around here!

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FHP uses B4C Camaros for high-speed interdiciton and interception. Aside from that (and looking hot), they're really useless in other applications. And if a Camaro trooper needs to detain someone, they have to call in a regular cruiser anyway. They do have their use, though, and I suspect of the next Camaro has an impressive B4C package, larger (re: state) agencies will find a need to buy some.

As for stealth, they don't need a special car for that. The latest trick I've seen FHP use is on US19 through Pinellas County. They have five or six cruisers sitting out of sight behind a barrier by an onramp. A late-90s Ford Windstar sits off on the shoulder in plain view with the rear hatch open and flashers on while a small trooper wearing dark clothing crouches up in the corner of the cargo hold and shoots cars with his radar/laser. Another trooper is sitting in the second row, probably radioing ahead to the crusiers what the gun-trooper calls out.

St. Petersburg Police use officers dressed up as construction workers, city employees, and even homeless vagrants. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office uses unmarked Chargers that really sneak up on you. Largo Police has a PT Cruiser with a huge gumball light on the roof and you swear its a joke, but it nabs people. Clearwater Police has a 2000ish Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with a bedcover that pops up to reveal the hidden lightbar and a Silverado that does that same...and I swear I saw a silver Uplander with blue-and-reds.

Its better just not to speed around here!

Is there really a need for a B4C? I had a friend bring a 4th gen Colorado State Police car played with it one day at my house. Other than the novalty of it at car shows I see no need for it in today forces. The new Impala RWD will have the same underpinnings and drivetrain so where is the need?

Oh the Colorado car was sill stickered up, led light bar and still had a radar unit in it yet. Many in Ohio had to be puzzled. It is a pain to drive as every one slowed down below the speed limit my buddy told me.

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Is there any possibility of producing a Police Package for the new G8?? anyone care to do a chop of what a police package G8 would look like?? this would make a sweet police cruiser..

This is a very bad idea. General Motors has a serious effort to reduce its fleet sales. Police cars are sold to fleets. Worse than that, they are sold by the lowest bidder. It is not at all uncommon for police cars to sell in the $12K price range, which often means that they sell at a loss. Bad, bad, bad.

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Pontiac did sell police packages, but it was to bolster lack luster sales of the 76-77 LeMans and Venturas.

Some 80-81 Bonnevilles also were decked out as cop cars, complete with fender skirts. See "Smokey II", and some were in my college town.

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Pontiac did sell police packages, but it was to bolster lack luster sales of the 76-77 LeMans and Venturas.

Some 80-81 Bonnevilles also were decked out as cop cars, complete with fender skirts. See "Smokey II", and some were in my college town.

77 I think was the the last offical year but low sales and little if any profit killed off the package.

Many of the cars in Smokey II were old Police cars and ones that were just dressed up to look like them.

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I saw somewhere that a previous gen W-Body Grand Prix was used as a police vehicle.

But IMO, Pontiac with police package is totally unnecessary.

They may have been used as a police car but the last offical Pontiac Fleet police car offering I believe was in or around 1977.

The Pittsburg cops used late 80's Bonnevilles and 88 Olds FWD cars for a while but I think they just got a deal on stock vehicles as they were also never offered with a police package.

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I went to college in DeKalb IL, and it was a "Pontiac town". The Poncho dealer was the biggest, and they sold to most townies.

DeKalb police used Bonnevilles until the B body was dropped for 1982. The 83-86 Parisienne was a big hit in DeKalb when it retuned. Maybe they sent a petition?

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PT Cruisers? Uplanders? Florida really is a weird state. :blink:

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I have seen Illinois State police use unmarked GP's. Did not have the time to stop on highwayand check, but they most likely were the supercharged V6's.

But, regrding a G8 cop car, GM is getting new RWD Impalas, which would be more likely to get a police packge.

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My company took a old 90's Impala patrol car form the local force and built a Tubed Pro Street Patrol car out of it for them. It has a Bolown BBC and all.

They street drive it to many events and looks cool going down the street and I even hate Pro Street cars.

I even have seen the cops do a hole shoot in it on the street.

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I'm sure there will be. Here is a pic of the Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO (last generation), tarted up as an Australian police car. So I'm sure the new Holden VE will be used by police agencies along with the Pontiac G8. :smilewide:

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Wasn't able to find a Grand Prix police car, but I did find these:

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Visions of Smokey and the Bandit dance in my head...

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As regards the G8, no. It's a small volume car. Why would they want to fleet out something that's only going to sell 30K/yr anyway?

-RBB

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FHP uses B4C Camaros for high-speed interdiciton and interception. Aside from that (and looking hot), they're really useless in other applications. And if a Camaro trooper needs to detain someone, they have to call in a regular cruiser anyway. They do have their use, though, and I suspect of the next Camaro has an impressive B4C package, larger (re: state) agencies will find a need to buy some.

As for stealth, they don't need a special car for that. The latest trick I've seen FHP use is on US19 through Pinellas County. They have five or six cruisers sitting out of sight behind a barrier by an onramp. A late-90s Ford Windstar sits off on the shoulder in plain view with the rear hatch open and flashers on while a small trooper wearing dark clothing crouches up in the corner of the cargo hold and shoots cars with his radar/laser. Another trooper is sitting in the second row, probably radioing ahead to the crusiers what the gun-trooper calls out.

St. Petersburg Police use officers dressed up as construction workers, city employees, and even homeless vagrants. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office uses unmarked Chargers that really sneak up on you. Largo Police has a PT Cruiser with a huge gumball light on the roof and you swear its a joke, but it nabs people. Clearwater Police has a 2000ish Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with a bedcover that pops up to reveal the hidden lightbar and a Silverado that does that same...and I swear I saw a silver Uplander with blue-and-reds.

Its better just not to speed around here!

Kind of off topic, but confirming what Fly said, cops in the whole Tampa Bay area are really, really sneaky. I've seen most of those same tactics and vehicles on I-275.

In the New Tampa area, I have seen the Tampa police come up w/some pretty underhanded tactics.

Up in Tallahassee, cops are using brand-new Monte SS's w/the chrome rims and everything for traffic enforcement. You see a brand-new Monte looking as if it's about to pull out of an apt. complex parking lot, and as you get closer you realize you have a laser gun pointed at your face.

(Maybe they like the V-8's they can't get in Impalas w/the Police Pkg....not that they use Impalas anyway.)

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Sweet Monte Carlo SS police cars. It would suck to try and out-run one of those bad boys. I will actually miss them. I want a blue one with silver SS rally strips and lower silver body trim with black leather and no moonroof!

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I have seen every kind of car as a police car from Pt Cruiser to a Lambo.

The question here is will the G8 be offered in a Police package from GM with the extra bits like heavy duty alt, plastic back seat with doors that do not open from inside, heavy duty radiator, Cheap steel wheels, Wiring package, etc. I don't see GM investing this into a more expensive imported car that is only coming here in low numbers.

With the present Impala selling well and a future Impala I only expect to see the RWD Impala, FWD Malibu, and Tahoe offered in Police packages from GM fleet sales. I really don't even expect a Camaro package since a RWD Impala will do justabout anything a Camaro would do and more.

When was ther last time Pontiac offered fleet sales Police packages? It was in the 70's and few would pay the extra price over the Chevy then.

Now if they bust someone with crack and take their G8 that is another story.

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