You all might remember the rumors that circulated about the Pontiac G8 coming back stateside for police duty. Sadly for police recruiters nationwide, it’s not to be, and GM’s entrant into the field remains the painfully boring 2010 Chevy Impala 9C1 and 9C3 packages. No matter how much acclaim the Impala gets for being a halfway decent American midsize car, in cop trim it’s wrong-wheel drive and two cylinders short of a full interceptor deck. This is partially because you can’t equip the Impala SS’s excellent LS4 V8, which pumps out 303 HP. Instead, they’re stuck with the the current 3900-series V6, the LZG, which only makes 233 HP. Hey, at least it’s flex-fuel, right?
As for the FWD, well, they’re simply SOL with that. One cool feature available to police fleet managers, however, is the ability to override emissions requirements in those states with more stringent laws. Somehow, though, that’s not cool enough for me. After all, I got my Max Max hopes up for a V8, RWD Aussie-sourced police car, and the Impala simply won’t do as the “last of the V8 interceptors” if it’s not V8, right?