Photos by Ian Merritt
Note: Also check out Damon’s Cop Car Walk-around: 2012 Dodge Charger Police Car.
Last week we took a gander at the Dodge Charger police car. This week, it’s Chevrolet’s turn. The 2012 Chevy Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) is essentially a rebadged, police-spec version of the Holden Caprice sold by GM’s Australian division. Available with either a 301-hp 3.6-liter V6 or a 355-hp 6.0-liter V8, the Caprice PPV is Chevrolet’s first rear-wheel-drive police car since the cancellation of the previous Caprice Classic in 1996. In the ensuing 16 years, the Ford Crown Victoria Police interceptor has more or less dominated the cop-car market by default. However, Ford has recently canceled the aged Crown Vic, and is replacing it with 2013 Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility (which are police-spec versions of the Ford Taurus and Explorer, respectively). Since police agencies nationwide will soon be forced to phase out their long-running Crown Vics, Chevrolet and Dodge have a real opportunity to make inroads in the police-fleet market again.
Unlike Dodge and Ford, Chevrolet does not currently offer a civilian version of its police car. The Caprice PPV is strictly a fleet-only vehicle . . . for now, at least. Chevrolet has been teasing the public for months about its plans to introduce the limited-production 2014 Chevrolet SS, a rear-drive, V8-powered full-size sedan that will be based on the same Zeta platform as the Caprice PPV and the late, lamented 2008-09 Pontiac G8. It’s unclear at this point whether the forthcoming SS will use the long wheelbase of the PPV or the nearly four-inch-shorter wheelbase of the G8, but it’s a safe bet that the SS will bear a close family resemblance to both of these vehicles.
Chevy says it won’t be introducing the 2014 SS until late in calendar 2013. In the meantime, here are some shots of the V8-powered rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet sedan that you can’t buy . . . unless you’re a motor-pool purchasing manager.