Police in America are outfitted with tuned-up versions of vehicles from domestic automakers, which are called Police Patrol Vehicles or PPVs. The police car from Chevrolet, the Caprice, is not available to civilians but it’s rumored the Caprice soon will be.
Put another cop car on the barbie
Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet have sold tuned-up versions of production cars for use as patrol cars for decades. Ford sells Taurus and Explorer police vehicles and Dodge sells the Charger Pursuit. Chevrolet has recently been selling the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle or PPV. Unlike the Taurus, Explorer and Charger, a street version is not available to civilians.
The modern Caprice is built on General Motors’ Zeta platform, according to AutoBlog, used extensively by Holden, GM’s brand in Australia. Aussies love muscle cars as much as Yankees, and several Holden models wound up wearing American badges. The Holden Monaro became the short-lived Pontiac GTO and the Holden Commodore, which became the Pontiac G8 and is the current Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The Caprice PPV is powered by 355 horsepower 6.0-liter V-8, just like the G8, or a 301 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6.
Would slot in nicely
According to USA Today, Chevrolet is phasing out the NASCAR Impala in favor of another model for 2013. It will also not be a currently-offered Chevrolet. The new NASCAR Chevrolet will be followed by a Grand Touring race car and street version of the same model, which will all debut at the New York Auto Show in April.
According to MotorTrend, Chevrolet isn’t retiring the Impala but rather responding to the lack of a sedan among Chevrolet’s performance models. Both current performance models, the Camaro and the Corvette, are coupes, though the Camaro will seat four.
The last was the V-8-equipped Impala SS, which was offered until 2010, according to Jalopnik. The only four-door sports car available from General Motors since then has been the Cadillac CTS-V.
Only the rumor mill
General Motors hasn’t confirmed or even hinted that the Caprice will be getting de-fanged to be sold to civilians. The Caprice would be a nice fit, though. One of the constant criticisms of the Impala SS, according to Jalopnik, was that the Impala SS was front-wheel drive, an abomination unto performance motoring.
The current Caprice PPV, according to AutoBlog, is offered for $31,495, with no difference in price for the V-8 or V-6. The V-8 gets 15 miles per gallon city, 24 highway and the V-6 gets 17 mpg city, 28 highway. Both have a six-speed automatic transmission. Assuming for the moment the Caprice does get released to the public and is priced similarly for the V-6, the eight-cylinder version will likely come at a premium. If the Caprice is released to the public, it should form a fantastic bridge between Chevrolet and the unhinged fury of the 556-horsepower, $66,000 Cadillac CTS-V.