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Caprice ranks fastest in 2011 police car tests

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Caprice ranks fastest in 2011 police car tests

Preliminary results by State Police rate GM, Ford, Chrysler

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

The team behind General Motors Co.'s new police car is pleased with preliminary test results showing the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle is fastest among 2011 models.

The Caprice, which returns to the police market after 15 years, was up against a new Dodge Charger Police Pursuit and the perennial Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor in annual testing by the Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit. The results serve as a buyer's guide for police organizations for fleet purchases.

Testing began Saturday and wrapped up Monday, attracting as many as 500 people each day as the cars went through their paces.

The results are preliminary; final evaluations are expected to be released in November.

The Caprice notched the fastest 0-to-60 miles-per-hour time, as well as 0-to-100 mph and had the top speed at 148 mph.

"We have the fastest car, best brakes, largest interior and most comfort," said Dana Hammer, Chevrolet manager of law enforcement vehicles. "Our goal was to be the leader."

The Dodge, which also has a V-8 engine, came in second in many of the performance categories. No one from Chrysler Group LLC was available for comment Tuesday.

Ford brought prototypes of its 2012 model Interceptors -- a Taurus-based sedan and Explorer-based SUV -- with a turbocharged V-6 as the top engine.

While Ford's results are unofficial because the cars are a year from going on sale, officials said they were pleased that the EcoBoost engine was competitive, said spokeswoman Marisa Bradley. The Ford Interceptor also excelled in braking.

"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 Dept. of Public Safety which buys about 1,000 vehicles annually.

The aging Ford Crown Vic showed its age in most results.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100922/AUTO01/9220358/1148/auto01/Caprice-ranks-fastest-in-2011-police-car-tests#ixzz10GLUDnxB

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Chevrolet claims Caprice police car beat Ford, Dodge

05:30 AM

General Motors is taking a victory lap in a police car this week before the checkered flag has even been waved.

The bowtie brand is claiming that it beat 2011 Dodge Challenger and Ford Crown Victoria in testing by the Michigan State Police's annual police car evaluation held this past Saturday and Monday. The tests are being closely watched by departments around the country, and millions of dollars in purchases are at stake.

Just two giant problems. First, the Michigan State Police has no official comment to validate Chevy's claims. Second, Chevrolet tested its car against the wrong Ford. The Crown Victoria goes out of production at the end of next year. Chevy doesn't claim that its car beat the Crown Vic's replacement, a Taurus. That's its major competitor for next-generation police cars. Thus, we're fairly amazed that Chevy tries to make a claim to victory in what would appear, without the Taurus, to be a meaningless contest.

The rear-wheel drive Caprice comes with a V-8 engine, with 355 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.

Although it's not the biggest segment, carmakers take pride when they have a strong, powerful police car to offer:

"The public is interested in it," said Dana Hammer, marketing manager for the Caprice PPV. "It's a vehicle they can relate to. It's good for us from a brand perspective, because it's the vehicle people see on the streets."

For a long time, only the Ford Crown Victoria could provide the rear-wheel drive performance police fleets wanted, coupled with strong body frames and top speeds. But with the Crown Victoria set to retire from police fleets at the end of 2011, other automakers are stepping in with options.

"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. "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 results GM touted this week are considered preliminary. Final results will be published later this year by the Michigan State Police.



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Wow, Chevy's going to offer a better large sedan to the police than they offer to the public.

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Maybe Chevy should have two engine choices:-

Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

L99 VVT V8

400hp / 410 lb-ft

6-speed Auto

Caprice Highspeed Pursuit Vehicle

LSA Supercharged V8

556hp / 551 lb-ft

6-speed Auto

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should probably put the 300hp V6 in there as an option also. Not every department needs a fleet of 400hp V8s.

The police department closest to me is mostly V6 Impalas

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