Meet the Law: Chevrolet Unveils the 2011 PPV
Is the Caprice back? Only if you have a badge.
Chevrolet is calling the car the PPV, for "police patrol vehicle." GM reached around in the familial fleet and brought the Holden Caprice over from Australia. Under the black and white suit and light bar sits a 355-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 engine, and boys in blue will be happy to know the car’s rear-wheel drive. The big 8-cylinder gets a host of tricks to help it deal with the kind of severe duty that patrolling serves up. First and foremost, the soft suspension from the stock car gets swapped for stiffer springs and bigger roll bars, and beefier brakes bring the whole thing to a stop in a hurry. Enhanced oil cooling, transmission cooling and power-steering cooling and an alternator big enough to power most of Manhattan are all standard, too.
GM has also done a number on the Caprice’s interior, making allowances for things like weapons, utility belts and -- a driver’s worst nightmare -- speed sensors. There are also provisions for a massive in-dash touch-screen computer. Ironically enough, Chevrolet is also bragging about the Caprice’s extra size over the long-in-the-tooth Crown Victoria, saying the Bow Tie has a full 4 inches of legroom in the rear over the Blue Oval. Something tells us legroom is the last thing on anyone’s mind if you’re taking in the view from the back seat of a cruiser -- though perhaps every little bit helps.
The bottom line is that law enforcement finally has something to look forward to. The PPV is a purpose-built police cruiser rather than a retrofitted street vehicle, and since GM has no plans to sell the Caprice to civilians, you won’t have to worry about the octogenarians on your block impersonating an officer any time soon.
(Photo courtesy of General Motors.)
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