That volume shrinks significantly with the perp partition fitted, the most devastating loss being the total abolition of toeroom. The six makes 301 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque; the eight ups the count to 355 and 384, respectively. Zero to 60 mph: 5.2-6.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 13.8-14.9 sec Top speed: 149 mph, FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST): We analyze millions of used cars daily. With other police cars, there’s a long list of what’s been changed from the civilian version. But before you buy one, just make sure your friends don’t mind looking like busted perps when you make them hop in the back seat. Continue on to the site and look for links to the latest articles, as soon as they are released. Shouldn’t it be “pursuit”? This content is imported from YouTube. Nothing but problems. The “PPV” stands for Police Patrol Vehicle. I had a 2012 sonic 5 speed 1.8 base model. The worst complaints are excessive oil consumption, check engine light on, and clunking sound. Now that the Ford Crown Victoria is dead (long live the queen!) There’s also a second battery to power the myriad auxiliary systems in a police car, with an isolator between it and the primary battery to make sure the car always starts even after sitting on location with lights, computers, and cameras sucking juice. Search pre-owned 2012 Chevrolet Caprice listings to find the best local deals. Ex-police cars have always made for great under the radar enthusiast vehicles, and the Caprice PPV might be the best of the bunch, thanks in large part to its independent rear suspension and optional 355hp 6.0L V8 (a V6 was also available). A bulletproof GM LS series V8? As opposed to other police cars, which have their shifters relocated to the column—somewhat clumsily in the case of the last Dodge Charger police car we drove—the Caprice’s shifter remains on the center console, albeit offset to the driver’s side. Stretched 3.7 inches between the wheels—overall length is up 8.1—the Caprice has a startling amount of space inside. Effort? Interestingly, the Caprice’s price with either engine will be the same $31,495—before contract and bid pricing enter the picture to lower it, anyway. It had crank windows haha. Despite being used by law enforcement agencies across the country, the Caprice PPV was never deployed in high numbers compared to the Dodge Charger and Ford Explorer. We first saw the Commodore in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8, and now there's a police version wearing a Chevy badge. You have to want it enough to skip over G8 GT and the Chevrolet SS. Like the civilian G8, the transmission has a sport mode that holds gears longer and downshifts under braking, but we take issue with the name for that function. Their new cruiser feels planted but will happily wag its tail when properly coaxed. Door dings, potholes, interior wear and tear, all of it can be really defeating when you have have a daily driver that you take a lot of pride in. Talking to the Caprice’s chassis engineers, you’d think they’d been developing a track package for the defunct G8. And if that's the car you want, you won't car that it doesn't have widespread appeal. We may earn money from the links on this page. And the higher the speed in a pursuit, the greater the danger to the public. We've even spotted people at track days driving freshly retired PPVs. Check. Figure on the 2012 Caprice needing a couple extra 10ths, thanks to a few additional pounds. The V-6 car should need an extra second to hit the same marks. Feedback? Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV). The last V-8 G8 we tested needed 5.2 seconds to get to 60 mph and 13.8 to rip through the quarter-mile. Recognizing that every individual's motoring journey is unique, we seek to give form to both untold as well as celebrated facets of the automotive world. Neither is interior space. (We’d be impressed to see the in-car footage of an officer banging off manual shifts during a pursuit.). Of course, there’s nothing to stop someone from turning a workhorse Caprice PPV into a full-on project car, adding a supercharger, fancy wheels and other goodies—but it’s probably best to keep it simple. Nevertheless, in the new Chevrolet Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle), the cops are getting much more than just any old rear-drive, V-8 sedan. The worst complaints are accessories - interior, engine problems. It also has the unique combination of being rare and capable of blending into traffic with ease. It could be a pickup truck, a fuel sipping economy car or a spacious old SUV. Even at the high end of the spectrum, it’s still less than what most late model used economy cars go for. Neither is Chevrolet, apparently, as the PPV only has curtain airbags in the front seat. The biggest difference between this car and that formerly known as the G8 is its size. It’s for those reasons and more why many auto enthusiasts have a daily beater they drive most of the time. In fact, the Crown Victoria’s success suggests that the only things police departments look for in their cruisers are a V-8 and rear-wheel drive. Rear wheel drive? It also leaves each department to choose more freely whether it wants the higher performance of the V-8 or the better fuel economy of the six. A car this planted and responsive seems like overkill for patrolling broad, flat highways, but officers and troopers in twisty locales will be praying for pursuits. 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You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. The law-enforcement community is about to get a very effective tool. Save $3,262 on a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice near you. A roomy interior? As fun as it may be to drive a flashy, high-end performance car every day, there are certainly some drawbacks. That said, there are some drawbacks. With the eight, the Caprice is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The Bugatti Bolide is a Lightweight Track Monster, Mercedes-AMG Black Series Was Built for Records, Why The Hippest Man In Streetwear Loves the E30 M3, Introducing Shop R&T, Road & Track's Online Store, The Ram 1500 TRX's Gas Mileage Is Hilariously Bad. I bought it brand new. Check. The cops get their most potent pursuit weapon since the spike strip. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, 2021 Mercedes S-Class Advances High-Tech Luxury, 2021 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Fixes a Few Flaws, 2022 VW Taos Previews an Important New Engine, AMG GT Black Series Targets a Higher Realm, 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electrifies VW's SUV Lineup. Considering that the bulk of GM’s development costs for pushrod V-8s was amortized sometime in, oh, say, the early ’70s and that the V-6 is a modern—and recently developed—dual-overhead-cam aluminum piece with direct injection and variable valve timing, that actually makes some sense. We can’t see that complaint being very common in the Caprice, and there is no dynamic reason the Chevy shouldn’t be the go-to pick of police officers everywhere. We’ve heard a lot of cops gripe about not having enough space inside the Charger. Nothing major, just little annoying stuff that was constantly happening. The V-6 car hasn’t been tested by the EPA yet, but figure on its bettering those numbers by a couple mpg in each category. It Runs Forever: 3 Of America's Most Successful Unkillable Engines, To Smoke A Muscle Car…LB7 Duramax Edition. Many vehicles will work for this. It’s for those reasons and more why we think a retired Chevy Caprice PPV might be the best daily beater ever. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. Is the 3.0L Duramax Living Up To the Hype? EPA city/highway driving: 15-17/24-25 mpg, Camping Escapes Will Be Popular This Winter: KOA, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Driving Line® Accelerating Automotive Passion™ by providing a fresh angle of what fuels us.

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