Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle is fastest among 2011 models image

According to a team from the Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit, The Caprice, which returns to the police market after 15 years, is fastest among 2011 models.

The performance testing against the 2011 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit police card and the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was conducted on Saturday in Chelsea, Mich., and on Monday during a vehicle dynamics comparison at the Grattan Raceway near Belding, Mich., where the Caprice PPV had the best overall average time per lap.

“Police departments around the country told us they needed a modern, high-performance rear-drive pursuit car,” said Joyce Mattman, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations product director. “These results are proof that the Caprice PPV delivers the performance officers want, without compromising safety or comfort.”

Results from the tests from the Michigan State Police Evaluation Program are considered preliminary. Final results will be published later this year.

“I’m tickled to death to see all of the manufacturers back into (police cars) in a big way after a period of stagnation,” said Jerry Newberry, Fleet Manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which purchases 900-1,000 vehicles annually. “It’s still a work in progress for all manufacturers, but that’s been the nice thing in the development of this Caprice – GM is doing what it takes to bring the best car to the market.”

The Caprice’s 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with 384 lb-ft of torque (521 Nm). It is also backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, which is performance-calibrated for police duty, and standard Stabilitrak electronic stability control. A unique Performance Algorithm Liftfoot (PAL) calibration, within Sport shift mode, allows the transmission to “understand” the driving conditions and select the appropriate gear – even through tight turns – and provides the required engine torque.