Caprice: King Of The Cop Cars?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Holden may be rightly proud of its competition-creaming new Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, but Phoenix’s Finest just have one question: how often do you have to change those tires? And, as TTAC’s commentariat pointed out during the Michigan State Police’s trials, maintenance costs are nearly as important for police fleet buyers as pure performance. So, though the Caprice might out-hustle and out-interior-size its police-duty competition, the fact that only a limited number of civilian Zeta-sedans will make it to American roads means parts and maintenance won’t be as cheap or easy as the old Panthers. And because it hustles so nicely, those tires won’t be the only thing that will inevitably wear out. Still, it’s probably safe to assume that at least a few police departments will be seduced by the Caprice… so you’d better start burning that grille into your memory banks.

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  • John Horner John Horner on Jan 28, 2011

    This is going to be an interesting side show to watch.

    It is interesting that the Holden brand is played up throughout this clip, not Chevrolet.

  • Mazder3 Mazder3 on Jan 29, 2011

    For more views from Phoenix including pics of a 9C1 WITH A COLUMN SHIFT (not the lame console stubby one)... If this sells well maybe America will have a bench seat Caprice again.

  • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Jan 29, 2011

    At least it'll be easy to spot! Damn Chargers blend right in, especially at night.

  • Mags1110 Mags1110 on Jan 29, 2011

    Police cars really need to be something unique, and a VAN in NOT the answer....Police cars must be nimble to get around traffic, large enough to stand out a bit and be seen for the safety of everyone on the road. The suspension is often forgotten about as being one of the most important thing here. Some officers spend 12 hrs a day in a patrol car, imagine how your back must feel if your driving a vehicle that can not absorb or handle the rough roads that are all around America, and don't forget the extra 15 pounds around your belt. Yes they must have large amounts of power and need to brake short, but only their durability will sell over all, give a cop a new toy and in 15 min he will give it back and say "um, i broke it" its just part of the job. But I'm glad there are some options out there now, cause the Crown Vic isn't the perfect car for every department. Oh and Ford is giving the option to pre order all the Vic you want before the end on 2011 and ford will even store them at warehouse for you until your department needs them, kinda weird right?