With the iconic Ford Police Interceptor now doing a bid for life w/o parole, several automakers have begun to clamor for its coveted corner of the law enforcement industry. Enter: the 2011 Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), only slightly more intimidating than the GEM NEV.
To be fair, it’s hard to compete with the extremely intimidating aesthetic of the Dodge Charger Police Package, but the Caprice doesn’t even seem to be trying. If you remove the ram bars, the light bar, and the meth dealer in the back seat, it would be right at home in the parking lot at the local bingo hall/church potluck. What’s more, not only is the Caprice sorely lacking in the looks department but the heat it’s packing under the hood doesn’t do much by way of impressing us either. Optionally offered with a V6 or 6.0L V8, even the most powerful of the two only puts out 355 horses which is roughly 100 more than the outgoing Ford, but still a full 43 less than the Charger.
Obviously hoping to underscore the spectacular exterior failure, the bulk of the Caprice’s unveiling was spent trumpeting the “exciting” interior amenities and their superiority to those offered by the competition. Presumably hoping to distract Jake from the fact that his cruiser looks nothing like the badass G8 it’s purportedly based on, GM equipped the Caprice with two auxiliary trunk-mounted batteries, 4 more inches of legroom (compared to the Crown Vic), and special front seats sculpted to “pocket” the equipment belt and allow officer’s to rest properly on the seatback. “The Chevrolet Caprice PPV’s seats represent a revolution in comfort and utility for officers who spend long hours in their car,” explained Bob Demick, lead seat design manager. “The shape also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exit the vehicle quickly. The seatback bolsters, for example, have been purposefully contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt, which includes the gun, Taser and handcuffs, which rest comfortably in the sculpted lower bolsters. That also increases the longevity of the trim cover surface.”
Giving you plenty of time to plead with the Chief to order Chargers instead, pre-order for the 2011 Caprice PPV will begin in late 2010 and the first cruisers will hit the streets in early 2011. No word yet on which departments will be the first unlucky recipients.