The last year Chevrolet offered the Caprice 9C1 police car was in 1996, and its 139 MPH top speed made it the fastest police car you could buy at the time. Chevrolet re-introduced the Caprice 9C1 PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) in 2011. The Caprice PPV was actually a lightly modified version of General Motors Holden Caprice that was built in Australia. Holden is General Motors Australia division. A shorter version of this platform had also been used to produce the Pontiac G8. Although the car was built by General motors, some purists don’t see it as a true Chevrolet.
The Chevy Caprice PPV comes with a 6.0L L77 V8 engine produced by General Motors in Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the fourth-generation Small Block engine family and, for all intents and purposes, is the 6.0-liter Vortec L96 engine used in GM’s GMT900-based trucks and SUVs. It has been rumored that GM elected to use the L77 (over the LS3/L99) in the Chevrolet Caprice PPV due to its Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) technology as well as its ability to run on E85 ethanol fuel.
- Cubic Inches: 364
- Liters: 6.0
- Horsepower: 355 @ 5300 RPM
- Torque: 384 @ 4400 RPM
- Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic (Column Shift)
- Axle Ratio: 2.92:1 (Limited Slip, Rear-Wheel Drive)
- Steering: Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion
- Turning Circle (Curb to Curb): 38 Feet
- Tires: Goodyear RSA P235/50/R18, Load Rating 99, W Speed Rating
- Fuel Capacity: 19.0 Gallons
- MPG 15-City / 24-Highway / 18-Combined
Chevrolet also offered a 301 horsepower 3.6L V6 in the Caprice PPV from 2012-2017.
- Wheelbase: 118.5 inches
- Length: 204.2 inches
- Curb Weight: 4,162 lbs.
- Height: 58.7 inches
Every year the Michigan State Police evaluates new police vehicles. During these tests, they perform a 0-100 MPH and top speed test at the Chrysler Proving Grounds. Here are the results for the 2011-2017 Chevy Caprice 9C1 PPV:
- 2011 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.58 Seconds / Top Speed = 148 MPH
- 2012 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.13 Seconds / Top Speed = 154 MPH
- 2013 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.28 Seconds / Top Speed = 154 MPH
- 2014 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.35 Seconds / Top Speed = 155 MPH
- 2015 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.69 Seconds / Top Speed = 156 MPH
- 2016 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.84 Seconds / Top Speed = 155 MPH
- 2017 Chevy Caprice 9C1: 0-100 MPH = 14.40 Seconds / Top Speed = 155 MPH
As you can see, the 2012 Chevy Caprice 9C1 it turned in a top speed of 154 MPH. Upon doing so, it broke the top speed record for a 4-door police vehicle of 150 MPH set by the 2006 Dodge Charger 5.7L. The record prior to that was 149 MPH set by the 1969 Dodge Polara Pursuit 440.
The fastest recorded top speed was set by the 2015 Chevy Caprice 9C1 on October 7th, 2014 when recorded a top speed of 156 MPH. To this date, that top speed has not been broken. Again, this is the top speed record for a 4-door police vehicle in the USA. The Chevy Camaro B4C’s top speed of 159 MPH is not counted since it’s a 2-door sports car, and not a 4-door patrol car.
- 0-60 MPH: 6.17 Seconds
- 0-80 MPH: 9.94 Seconds
- 0-100 MPH: 14.69 Seconds
- Top Speed: 156 MPH
End of Production:
In 2017, General Motors closed the Elizabeth, South Australia assembly plant where the Caprice PPV was produced, ending production of both the civilian Chevrolet SS and Caprice PPV. With the discontinuation of the 9C1 Chevrolet Impala Limited Police Interceptor after the 2016 model year, Chevrolet no longer offers a four-door sedan with a Police Package.
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