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Chevrolet Caprice police car to patrol America's streets beginning April, 2011 [w/video]


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Chevrolet Caprice police car to patrol America's streets beginning April, 2011 [w/video]

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Jul 27th 2010 at 9:58AM

Attention perps: You'll have a new patrol vehicle roaming the streets come next April. That's the month General Motors says its Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle will finally hit the local precinct. Those models will apparently all be of the detective package variety; Chevy's police package will officially go on sale in June of 2011. Ordering for the detective cars will commence in October of this year, while those officers looking forward to the police package will need to wait until next January to place their orders.

For those unaware, the new Caprice will feature a rather traditional layout, with seating for two officers in the cushy front seats and two less lucky individuals in the rear behind a full-width prisoner partition. Motivation comes from a 355-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 engine sending those ponies to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

We've wrangled up a full gallery of high-res images below and pasted a video along with the press release after the break.



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Chevrolet rolling out Caprice police car next June

05:03 AM

Starting next June, there could be a whole different look to police cars prowling American streets. That's when General Motors says its new Chevrolet Caprice patrol car will be delivered to police agencies around the country.

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The rear-wheel-drive Caprice, a version of the vehicle based on the old Pontiac G8 and still made in Australia, will compete against Chrysler's Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus. Detroit automakers are trying to fill the gap being left by the departure of the Ford Crown Victoria, the big rear-wheel driver behemoth that has been a police mainstay for a decade.

It's not an easy choice for agencies. So far there is no perfect answer: the Taurus isn't rear wheel drive, the Charger is smaller than the other two and the Chevy will be made overseas.

"When we began designing our latest police vehicle, we went directly to our customers and found that they were looking for a rear-wheel, large sedan with a V-8 engine," said Brian Small, general manager, GM fleet.

The Caprice won't be available for direct sales to the public and will be outfitting especially for police work:

It will have special seats to accommodate police officers' gun belts, a 355-horsepower V-8 engine that can chase down speeders by hurtling zero to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds and a six-speed transmission. There is even available rear head protection side air bags to protect arrestees or ride-alongs.

"Chevrolet's history with law enforcement spans across almost as many years as the brand itself and we're ready to see the Caprice (police car) report for active duty," Small said.



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