Over the weekend, GM presented the new Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) Chevrolet Caprice that will debut in 2011 in police North American departments. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will offer either a V8 6.0-liter engine having savings of fuel Active Fuel Management plus the capability E85. And a V6 model will be offered beginning with car year 2012. The configuration of V8 makes 355 horsepower plus torque of 384 lb-ft and is fitted to a 6-speed auto transmission tweaked specifically for the police work.
Apparently GM can do one thing right, negotiate fleet deals with the cops. Ok, ok… the cars also must be somewhat reliable and work well for the duty required. But I think another big factor that comes into long term fleet management decisions is repair cost. If you’ve ever driven by a police yard there are rows of cars that have been banged, shot, crashed, heaped and beat. Change all those cars over to BMWs and your bill just went up 50% or more. And god forbid the warranty runs out on those German cars, everything just starts breaking at that point.
I’m glad to see these new Caprices only have 355 horsepower. Should be no problem out running one of these if you use the force Luke. That is until 10 minutes later and the helicopter shows up.