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GM Claims Victory In Cop Car Shootout By Ignoring Ford

General Motors just claimed victory in the Great American Cop Car Shootout, saying it swept three categories, including two won by the Ford Police Interceptor. How does GM back up its claim? By excluding the new Ford Police Interceptor.

GM's touting the performance of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV during last weekend's Michigan State Police police vehicle tests, saying it "brakes in a shorter distance than its competitors from Ford and Dodge." The General also says the Caprice "had the best overall average time per lap."

Except as our chart shows, the Caprice was out-braked by the all-wheel-drive version of the Ford Police Interceptor, while the twin-turbo Ford PI AWD's average lap was nearly a second faster the rear-wheel-drive Caprice.

So how does GM justify its triumphant claims? By limiting the definition of "competitors" to the Dodge Charger and the antediluvian Ford Crown Victoria, whose lap times were slower than a Chevy Tahoe.

GM can claim that since the Ford PI is more than a year away from production, it's test results are not official.

Tell it to the judge.

link:

http://jalopnik.com/5644254/gm-claims-victory-in-cop-car-shootout-by-ignoring-ford

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Kind of dumb on GM's part, but who's really going to care? Departments will buy on cost and reliability, and I just don't see PD's wanting to spring for turbo-charged engines.

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2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Tops Tests Against Crown Vic, Charger

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

September 21st, 2010

GM is crowing about the results of the latest testing by the Michigan State Police of the 2011 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle. Turns out it jaunts to 60 mph, 100 mph and gets back to a stop quicker than the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and the Dodge Charger Police Pursuit. Which raises the question: where's the civilian version of the Caprice?

The Caprice PPV is essentially a rebadged, bruced-up version of the discontinued Pontiac G8. Today's results vouch for just how good the car really is (as if reviews of the car in Pontiac trim didn't do the same). In brief: we want our Caprice, same as the Middle East. But on to the juicy details.

Powered by a 6.0-liter 355 horsepower V-8 engine, the Caprice PPV ran down the 2011 Charger Police Pursuit and 2011 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor in testing at the Michigan State Police's Chelsea facility. We're curious as to how the new Taurus-based Interceptor would fare against the Caprice, given its available all-wheel drive and twin-turbo V-6. But that is for another day.

In addition to the acceleration and braking tests, the Caprice also won the lap time competition at Grattan Raceway near Belding, MI. Unfortunately the actual times and statistics haven't been released yet.

Check out page two for the official announcement.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV Busts Competitors in Driving Tests

Sweeps Key Performance Categories in 2011 Model Year Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation

DETROIT, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Law enforcement testing finds the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is faster from zero to 60 and zero to 100 miles per hour and stops in a shorter distance than its competitors from Ford and Dodge.

The performance testing against the 2011 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit police card and the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was conducted on Saturday in Chelsea, Mich., and on Monday during a vehicle dynamics comparison at the Grattan Raceway near Belding, Mich., where the Caprice PPV had the best overall average time per lap.

"Police departments around the country told us they needed a modern, high-performance rear-drive pursuit car," said Joyce Mattman, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations product director. "These results are proof that the Caprice PPV delivers the performance officers want, without compromising safety or comfort."

Results from the tests from the Michigan State Police Evaluation Program are considered preliminary. Final results will be published later this year.

"I'm tickled to death to see all of the manufacturers back into (police cars) in a big way after a period of stagnation," said Jerry Newberry, Fleet Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which purchases 900-1,000 vehicles annually. "It's still a work in progress for all manufacturers, but that's been the nice thing in the development of this Caprice – GM is doing what it takes to bring the best car to the market."

The Caprice's 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with 384 lb-ft of torque (521 Nm). It is also backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, which is performance-calibrated for police duty, and standard Stabilitrak electronic stability control. A unique Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL) calibration, within Sport shift mode, allows the transmission to "understand" the driving conditions and select the appropriate gear - even through tight turns - and provides the required engine torque.

With segment leading interior space and sculpted front seats to "pocket" the equipment belt, the Caprice PPV provides maximum comfort for officers, allowing them to effectively do their jobs with minimal back soreness.

Reporting for duty next spring, the Caprice PPV joins the front-wheel drive Impala PPV and Tahoe PPV, making Chevrolet the only manufacturer to offer a full range of police vehicles.

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049558_2011-chevrolet-caprice-ppv-tops-tests-against-crown-vic-charger/page-2

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What a lame claim to make.

"Yeah we won by comparing it to the old Crown Vic and ignoring the faster, better stopping new Taurus, and comparing the Charger Pursuit which will be updated next year"

WE ARE VICTORIOUS.

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OK then we'll compare our cop car to 2 cars that aren't built yet :confused0071:

Just like the loans and paying them back, damned for doing the right thing and even early.

Edited by 67impss

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OK then we'll compare our cop car to 2 cars that aren't built yet :confused0071:

Just like the loans and paying them back, damned for doing the right thing and even early.

I haven't seen any Caprices roaming around yet either.

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A bit early for this comparison...wait 6-12 months until the Caprice PPV, Taurus Interceptor, and '11 Charger police package are all on sale and in use...

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GM will be able to claim victory anyway because I don't see most police departments springing for AWD

winter once those cops get used to it they will be all over it. most cop cars are not used in high speed handling and pursuit anyways. that whole cops like rwd thing for most that just patrol the beat is overrated.

and the taurus platform is probably cheaper than an imported zeta try again. plus it's pretty darn stout in its own right.

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