On The Cover Review: 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle
Chevrolet basically gave up their police fleet business to the Ford Crown Victoria in 1997 after the demise of the rear-wheel-drive Caprice. Front-wheel-drive Luminas and Impalas loosely filled the gap in the interim, but they were never a threat to Ford’s dominance. Chevrolet does make a rear-drive Caprice for several foreign markets, however, and in 2011 it looks as if this car is going to come to the U.S. strictly for police applications just in time for the aged Crown Victoria’s discontinuation. The Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle is similar to the much-lauded Pontiac G8, another car that won’t be available anymore thanks to the shuttering of the Pontiac Division. It will be a bit longer and better-suited for police use, though, and powered by a Corvette-derived 6.0-liter V8 producing 355-hp. Right now, there are no plans to sell this car to the public. Of course, right now General Motors is in no position to introduce a performance-enriched rear-wheel-drive sedan whether it would sell or not, lest they appear to be spending tax money on something harmful to the earth. That climate could change in a few years, however, and if people decide they want this car in their own driveways—you never know what might happen.