The Chevy Caprice PPV. Click on the above image to see more photos (GM).

    Attention perps: You'll have a new patrol vehicle roaming the streets come next April. That's the month General Motors says its Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle will finally hit the local precinct. Those models will apparently all be of the detective package variety; Chevy's  police package will officially go on sale in June of 2011. Ordering for the detective cars will commence in October of this year, while those officers looking forward to the police package will need to wait until next January to place their orders.

    For those unaware, the new Caprice will feature a rather traditional layout, with seating for two officers in the cushy front seats and two less lucky individuals in the rear behind a full-width prisoner partition. Motivation comes from a 355-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 engine sending those ponies to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

    With Ford's Crown Victoria police cruiser going away, GM sought fit to introduce a new Caprice, which had previously been sold overseas as a full-size car.

    Here's what you need to know about it:

    1. It's Not (That) Green

    The Caprice will still use a V8 engine -- a pushrod V8, in fact -- showing that at the end the day, officers need power and speed in their line of work more than efficiency. Where other manufacturers (Carbon Motors being one) are offering alternative powerplants such as diesel or smaller engines, GM is going for the traditional route with a V8. The company is looking to win some efficiency by turning off four of those cylinders while crusing (called active fuel management), offering a six-speed transmission, and eventually a smaller V6.

    2. Rear-Wheel Drive

    Unlike GM's current sedan offering for police work, the Impala, the new Caprice is powered by its rear wheels. This ends up being a useful trait for the really engaging police driving, the kind you see in movies where the tail is hanging out while the bad guys are trying to escape through the alley.

    3. It's Fast

    At 355 horsepower, the Caprice will be the fastest police car in America -- at least until Ford's Taurus goes on sale (its 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 will have the edge on the Chevy). While GM won't give out 0-60 times, you can be sure that the Caprice will be fast. In other words: don't think you've got something faster.

    We already knew what to expect for the standard police-spec Caprice, but we've been extra curious about the special "Detective package" that adds some plainclothes stealthiness to the Caprice, especially as it seems to hint at what the oft-rumored civilian version of this car might look like. It's available in seven different colors (we'll just stick with black, thanks), uses all the same mechanical underpinnings as the standard Police PPV.

    For the moment at least, this Caprice remains unavailable in a retail model for John Q. Public. But insiders have heard that a version for the public could go on sale in 2012 as a 2013 model year. Until then, get used to the sight of this vehicle.

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    1 - 20 of 196 Comments
    stoykac Sep 28, 2010 12:37 AM
    GM came out with RWD in 2008 with the Pontiac G8. This is the same vehicle with a Chevy grill. No photos of the rear end, but same side view and interior. So, that said, it is the G8 reborn and it comes from Austrailia, made by Holden Motors.
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    amack118 Aug 12, 2010 10:26 AM
    blah blah blah yakkity blah... Crown Vic naysayers: do you know WHY some of those cars exploded when rear ended? Because their REAR ENDS WERE TAKING UP TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC! If I hit a car partially blocking a lane at 60 mph, it would EXPLODE, TOO...that obsolete "defensive posture" needs to be scrapped so officer's lives can be spared. ..too bad Ford is dropping the Panther platform and replacing it with a Taurus-based car. Now they will go from owning 80% of the interceptor market to less than 20%...they tried the same thing in the late 80's with the first-gen Taurus, and that didn't work so well...maybe one of the execs saw 'ROBOCOP" and thought the cars in there were cool...Ford, don't shoot yourself in the foot: take the modular motor out of the '04 SVT Cobra and shove it in the Crown Vic...thats 396 bhp...try to outrun that.
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    edenooch Aug 11, 2010 1:44 PM
    we pay these pigs damn gas and salary and all they do is blast the a/c and haul ass around town... pigs make me sick
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    edenooch Aug 11, 2010 1:42 PM
    damn pigs and their brand new cars!!! i still spit or piss on every unattended cop car i see
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    psxmas06 Aug 11, 2010 11:05 AM
    Trailer-park-people can configure a gas-guzzling Caprice online: http://www.holden.com.au/vehicles/Caprice
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    thetay Aug 10, 2010 11:31 PM
    RIP...god bless all the officers who were turned to toast and lost their lives in those pathetic Crown Vics when they exploded when hit from behind because of a fuel tank design flaw.
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    herk910 Aug 10, 2010 9:28 PM
    When is the GM design team going to get with the program so that all their car models don't look alike? Add some junk and charge thousands more but, the outside all looks the same.
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    tacsatarmy Aug 10, 2010 8:19 PM
    You guys should visit the website. It says they will have a V6 version in 2012. They also brag about a 5 speed transmission and reclining front seats (in case the wife throws you out?). Wonder what poor GM will say when the 8 speed Chrysler transmission is out next year?
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    edwin217 Aug 10, 2010 8:10 PM
    What a Waste of Gas and taxpayers money to pay for this crap. what is the necessity of a 6L V8? Gas guzzler! Do they really need that much fuel consumption to fly down our roads with the sirens on just to be first online at a Dunkin Donuts? or sit on a corner with the AC pumping all day long while they drink a hot coffee? they should invest money in keeping our cops in shape. probly over half of the US police dept is seriously over weight. that must be the real reason for all these big engines. more weight in the car means you need a bigger engine to keep up in a chase
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    tyrenbrooks Aug 10, 2010 8:07 PM
    At 355 horsepower, the Caprice will be the fastest police car in America In other words: don't think you've got something faster. Give me a break 355 thats it you got to be joking thats not very much the G8GXP had 400+hp i doubt this car can keep up with a trans am gto6.0 or my frinds svt lighting with over 400HP to the wheel or my other friends sts c5z06 with over 900rwhp. But then again you can't outrun the radioLOL!!!
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    dodie1990 Aug 10, 2010 8:03 PM
    Finally a car from GM that is rear drive. Much preferable to the FWD Ford now that they drop the Crown Victoria. This Chevy will be uni-body with NO frame so won't take the abuse of a Crown Vic, but has to be much better than that Front drive junk. Now if only the public could buy a real rear drive sedan from GM instead of their euro-car front drivers
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    rodrod24 Aug 10, 2010 8:03 PM
    I just dont think how GM can compete with the crown vic's, Charger is having a hard time. Its too bad that Ford will not produce them anymore. As a public servant, i know that front wheel drives are only donut fetchers.
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    norcalajc Aug 10, 2010 7:58 PM
    More Government Motors......good luck getting it repaired when the goverment runs out of tax dollars to support the company!
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    perrydice33 Aug 10, 2010 7:57 PM
    Ifd it's a chevy, for now they will be giving out tickets in the garage while waiting for parts, They might give them to the meter maids, or maybe Obama being he is there bigest share holder
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    looneylarry2 Aug 10, 2010 7:54 PM
    government motors making new cop cars for obamanation.....gotta love it. Amerikka the new police state.
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    jmars35264 Aug 10, 2010 7:53 PM
    It would appear that this police car will be based on the discontinued Pontiac G8 platform since it's rear wheel drive. The Taurus is a front driver and from what I know the police prefer rear drive cars as they hold up better in hard use. As for you GM naysayer's, shut up.
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    szeronsx Aug 10, 2010 7:49 PM
    "At 355 horsepower, the Caprice will be the fastest police car in America...In other words: don't think you've got something faster." Oh man, don't make me laugh. 355 hp...that's it? Might as well be used for mall security. Probably weighs about 3,500+ lbs as well. But then again, it's probably all that is needed. After all, most of those who try to run from the police are too stupid to understand that unless you 1) have an agile, light, quick accelerating vehicle, and 2) keep your driving course scattered and unpredictable, and off the highway and highly-traveled roads, you're not going to escape from the police. It takes less than five minutes for a helicopter to deploy find its target, and once it does, it's a 99% chance the chase will end. I say 99%, because I have actually seen a video of a guy lose the cops and a helicopter, granted he driving a 600+ hp Subaru Impreza WRX STi (youtube search 'Ghost Rider Impreza Helicopter').
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    buddfoxx79 Aug 10, 2010 7:49 PM
    ******** GM - straight line racer if that - most likely will break down during the chase - GM just don't give up - their new Camaro - looks good in the front but the back - hideous - pee yoooouuuu
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    stormyssunday Aug 10, 2010 7:46 PM
    Why don't they just drive Bentley's or Porche's, maybe Mazaratti's? WHO CARES YOU A****LES
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    bigurnge Aug 10, 2010 7:45 PM
    So this is a government vehicle that helps the unions. It's gonna take a real liberal spin to make this Bush's fault.
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