2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Tops Tests Against Crown Vic, Charger

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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.

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Comments (5)
  1. I like the specs but I wish they made it a little bit more aggressive looking.

  2. I'm really not convinced that we need vehicles capable of dangerous crazy high speed pursuits. To me this just looks like a pissing match. In an era when many towns are tightening their budget, I wish things like fuel economy and purchase price were taken into account.

  3. While fuel economy (+) and purchase price (-) are important when selecting this Chevy, the most important factor is it unibody design (---) Cops just don't like and can't afford disposable cars in the long run.

  4. I must ask.. where are the taurus results in all of this? you're telling me the caprice is the faster car? the taurus has a smaller more powerful engine and is around the same weight. and has AWD.
    Sounds like GM might be jumping the gun

  5. This car is a re-badged Holden caprice made in Australia, where it's sold in luxury trim due to it's larger interior size. The police in aust use the Holden commodore which has the same basic shape but with smaller trunk.
    Due to it being lighter the commodore outperforms the caprice in all aspects,,,, all looks better too I think.
    You will find some corvette parts in both cars. Nice.

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