What's Wrong With This Picture: Busted! Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture busted edition

First of all, start burning that front fascia into your memory. Chevy’s new Caprice PPV is somehow even less distinctive than a Crown Vic, giving cops something of an edge until speed demons start recognizing it as an unmarked police cruiser rather than a strangely-modded G8. Speaking of which, GM still refuses to build a civilian Caprice, despite previewing what it might look like with this “Detective Duty” version of the new police whip. Because the only thing worse than getting a speeding ticket is getting a speeding ticket from an officer driving an inexpensive, V8-powered, RWD car that you can’t even purchase.

[UPDATE: carenvy.ca cites a “very, very reliable source” as confirming that the Caprice will in fact be sold to civilians in North America. We remain highly skeptical of this claim, and we will follow up on it].

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  • Rdodger Rdodger on Jul 14, 2010

    This car is already doomed. Making a police cruiser out of it first and fleet vehicle to boot? If and when it is sold to the general public, the resale value will drop considerably. Why does GM always have a way of sabotaging itself?

  • Pete Madsen Pete Madsen on Jul 14, 2010

    Even if these weren't sold to the public as new cars it wouldn't be long before the used-cop-car fanatics would be competing at auction for them with cab companies. Thus it only makes sense for Gov't Motors to sell them as new cars and make more money. I don't necessarily credit them with the ability to figure this out.

  • Dhathewa Dhathewa on Jul 14, 2010

    It seems to me that there should be some volume potential for anything GM does with this car in regular retail sales. So, a V6 version would be standard. Put the V8 into the SS version. Too bad the Impala name is taken.

  • Nick Nick on Jul 15, 2010

    So, when I win the lottery, I am building one of these with an LS9 and getting it painted in proper MFP colours.