The 9C1 Caprice is back after 15 long years. In October, the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will be released in detective guise (9C3), while in April 2011, the full Police (9C1) package will be launched (order will begin in January). The Caprice Police Patrol vehicle, which is based on the defunct Pontiac G8, is powered by a 6.0-liter 355-horsepower V8 that produces 384 lb-feet of torque.
A six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode distributes power to the rear wheels.
The vehicle is equipped with police-only features that include cloth front seats with gun-holster cut-outs, front-only head-curtain airbags to allow for full prisoner partition, certified 160-mph speedometer (however the car is limited to 130-mph), 170-amp alternator, coolers for the engine oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid, as well as StabiliTrack with a Police Performance Mode.
According to Brian Small, GM of GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, a V6 will arrive in 2012. He added that in designing the latest police vehicle, the company approached customers who shared their preference for a rear-wheel, large sedan with a V-8 engine. The new Caprice cop car offers more power and more space than the Dodge Charger Police Pack.
According to Bob Demick, lead seat design manager, the seats of the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle represent a revolution in terms of comfort and utility for police officers using the car. He noted that the seats feature a shape that improves ingress and egress, thereby allowing police officers to enter and exit the vehicle faster and easier.
Moreover, the seatback bolsters have been contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt -- the gun, Taser and handcuffs. Demick added that this new design allows the trim cover surface to last longer. While comfort was a primary consideration for the seats, equal regards were also given to the materials used.
To ensure that the seats could endure long hours of daily use, Chevrolet picked high-wear materials, considering several factors like long-term durability, breathability and ease of cleaning. Before settling for the final seat design, engineers at the carmaker created several prototypes of the seat.
These prototypes were installed in police cars for a month as part of the testing phase – as Chevrolet aimed sought to get real-world feedback from police officers, helping the carmaker come up with the final design.
The Chevrolet Caprice PPV is underpinned by General Motors' global rear-drive platform that is also used for the Chevrolet Camaro. This Caprice PPV employs the longest wheelbase of the architecture – 118.5 inches (3,010 mm). Moreover, the Caprice PPV features a four-wheel independent suspension that allows for responsive high-performance driving.