Thanks to the other admin for picking up the slack on Tuesday’s Obscure car of the Day. Any how as many of you know the Crown Victoria is going to end it’s production run in 2011 much to dismay of the Nations Police Departments. In recent years we have seen an influx of vehicles clamoring for the Cruiser Position but few have had the staying power of the Crown Victoria. Rumor has it Ford plans to introduce new Taurus as a Cruiser replacement ahead of the end of the Crown Victoria’s run. Until that happens GM has thrown a punch to compete against the Charger Police and Crown Victoria’s currently on Police Fleets, with it it’s resurrecting an old nameplate The Caprice.
After a 15-year absence patrolling U.S. streets, an all-new law-enforcement-only Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) joins GM’s fleet in 2011. Although it’s built on the same rear-wheel-drive Camaro and dearly-departed Pontiac G8-spawning Zeta platform, it’s not a G8 sedan as initially reported.
The Chevrolet PPV has the following specifications
The rear wheel drive sedan will be available as a V6 with Spark Ignition Direct Injection or as a V8 with Active Fuel Management, both E85 capable, plus a host of specialised equipment and features including:
Optional front-seat-only side curtain air bags allows a full-width rear-seat barrier for greater officer safety
An additional boot-mounted battery dedicated to powering police equipment
Compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology
Sculpted front seats designed to ‘pocket’ the equipment belt and for the long-term comfort of officers whose car is their effective office
The long wheelbase, rear wheel drive car featuring a four-wheel independent suspension will be promoted to police as a vehicle able to deliver responsive high-performance driving characteristics crucial in some police scenarios.
Additional, police car-specific powertrain and vehicle system features include:
Engine oil and transmission coolers
Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps
Large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads
Heavy-duty suspension components
Police-calibrated stability control system
Driver information center in the instrument cluster with selectable speed tracking feature
A host of complementary features are also offered, including special equipment packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an “undercover” street-appearance package.
I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these decommissioned cruiser once they are retired. It will make a great stable mate to my Ford P71 Crown Victoria.