First drive: Chevrolet Caprice PPV | Police Patrol | commodore

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First drive: Chevrolet PPV

Toby Hagon

2011 Caprice PPV

2011 Chevrolet PPV

#8220;This is the shiny side we want you to keep the shiny up.#8221;

With that directed to the fleet of police-ready that are now wearing Chevrolet in the blaring sunlight of an Arizona track in the south-west of the United

Some have lights and while others are awaiting with police features.

from the Adelaide factory produces the Commodore and Caprice, the PPV has the task of replacing iconic vehicles such as the Ford Victoria (awful to drive but by many police for its ruggedness), the Dodge Charger and the bulky and Chevrolet Tahoe off-roader found a soft spot for its seating position and kerb-hopping

My mission for the day is to play policeman. the 40-or-so others in the room, I have the gun or the badge to live up to the wholly, but sitting alongside a section of police gets me for the task at hand.

They#8217;re here to trial the weapon in law enforcement in the US #8211; the Caprice PPV, or police vehicle. It#8217;s available in two

patrol-ready 9C1, which has an gear selector and foot-operated brake to allow room for radios and other gear a patrol car is fitted out with in the US.

The 9C3 pack, which is identical but retains the Australian Commodore and regular handbrake and gear

Inside, the Caprice feels like a basic Commodore. a sea of grey up front and controls the base-model Omega #8211; all to keep the price down still giving police the they need to do the job.

For now, though, my mind is on the to 100km/h before launching on the a task designed to highlight the of the larger brakes, chosen for the police vehicles but likely to it to performance Holden Commodores down the track.

Like any V8 there#8217;s plenty of punch off the with the six-speed auto a good job of transmitting it all to the bitumen. 355hp to play with which combines with the of torque to launch the large enthusiastically.

It#8217;s all accompanied by classic V8 thrum, although through the dual exhausts it quite have the burble I from the quad exhaust in Holden V8s sold here.

on the brakes and they fire the ABS into life, helping the car faithfully. It#8217;s not so much the application that#8217;s impressive but the this car is doing it time and despite more aggressive and quick driver changes.

The brakes are noticeably more to fade than those to regular Commodores and Caprices here.

The Caprice PPV also confidently, with a nicely tiller that reassures the It#8217;s not as sharp as some, but well enough and consistently.

riding but firmer suspension is to better cope with up gutters, through potholes, rough intersections #8211; or else police can throw at it.

with durable Goodyear it#8217;s tailor made for a day on

While the Caprice leans corners, it#8217;s well and sits relatively flat for the of vehicle. Quick direction highlight its inherent ability to the shift in momentum.

One thing changed with the transition to the US, #8211; the blind spot at the of the car. The pillars on either of the front windscreen (A-pillars) can block vision through

A faster section of race allows me to better unleash the PPV. Sitting back and the police officers each a turn also gives an into the punishment each PPV could endure on the job in America.

The control system has a special setting tailored for police Unlike the Australian Caprices which can shut the stability off altogether by pressing a button the Caprice PPV only reduces its to allow the car to slide around without electronic interference in some cases can slow the

The Performance mode is well allowing the car to squeal its tyres and without too much interference. Get the too far out, though, and the engine cuts power as part of its to straighten things up.

It#8217;s not I jump behind the wheel of the detective car with lights and that I get the full police

While there are no baddies the thought of lights and sirens in full pursuit gives an to the adrenalin that must for the real thing.

Chevrolet Caprice

A brief of the fully market pursuit car is a buzz.

Crammed full of #8211; including a computer, and switches for the lights and sirens it#8217;s a busy environment, with the chunky perspex behind the seats.

In the back I played #8220;perp#8221; briefly!) the of the Caprice#8217;s spacious rear isn#8217;t eroded by that between front and rear, and leg room is impeded slightly for people there#8217;s significantly room on offer than police sedans already in use in the US.

The gear selector that#8217;s to the driver falls more to hand than the regular although it#8217;s lost of its elegance #8211; hardly an for what is a work vehicle.

It#8217;s easy to see why police are with the Chevrolet Caprice PPV although they#8217;re being about jumping into straight away.

Early are believed to have been as was expected, with the Caprice gearing up to prove itself in the

Going on initial reactions it stand up well. Sure, still a Holden, but not as we (or the US police know it.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV patrol vehicle)

Models: 9C1 version) or 9C3 (detective or unmarked

Price: US$30,995 (recommended)

6.0-litre V8

Power: 355hp

Torque: 517Nm at 4400rpm

6-speed automatic

Availability: to police and fire departments and officials

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