Among life’s uncomfortable moments, the appearance of cyclic blue lights in your rear-view mirror may be some of the worst. Awash in a sea of thoughts, you consider every possible scenario, then you become nervous and prone to driver error. Typically there are no grounds for such neurotic behavior, only your imagination and the programmed responses to which we have grown accustomed.
Stop and consider the alluring piece of machinery parked ever so closely to your rear bumper. Forget about traffic tickets, courtrooms, and inflating auto insurance rates and let the car lover in you savor the moment, as you checkout that powerful law enforcement vehicle, which is parked right behind you.
Currently Chevrolet offers two sedan models outfitted specifically for law enforcement use.
The first is the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice. This is an Australian import vehicle manufactured by a subsidiary of General Motors, called Holden Caprice. It is based on the Zeta platform, and available with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, that produces 362-horsepower and 305 ft.-lb. of torque. The police patrol vehicle (PPV) 2014 model Caprice is also equipped with Active Fuel Management (AFM) cylinder deactivation technology and is ethanol compatible.
The second law enforcement vehicle entry from Chevrolet is the 2014 Impala. The Impala is Chevy’s full sized sedan and the PPV version is equipped with heavy-duty suspension, Stabili-Trak stability control system with police calibration, and a 3.6-liter dual-overhead V6 engine with variable valve timing. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is also E85 flex-fuel compatible.
It is evident that the trend towards energy conservation has carried over into law enforcement vehicles, as we see that numerous PPV models are equipped with state-of-the-art fuel conservation technology.
Chrysler also produces a PPV model sedan. The 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit goes “old school” with a rear-wheel drive platform that offers your choice of a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi. The Pursuit lives up to its name offering multiple final drive gear ratio choices. The optional V8 Pursuit is available with a 2.65:1 or 3.06:1 differential. The Hemi features Chrysler Fuel Saver technology and a horsepower rating of 370.
Not to be outdone, the Ford Motor Company offers its 2014 Police Interceptor PPV model. It is designed and built as a PPV, with all of the electronics and safety features that one would expect from a fourth generation police cruiser. Available with front or all-wheel drivetrain, the Interceptor offers some very interesting engine choices in a PPV.
- Standard equipment is a 3.6 -liter V6 engine with twin-independent variable camshaft timing. It produces 288-horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. It is also a flex-fuel engine.
- An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with direct fuel injection. It makes 240-horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque; not bad from a four-banger.
- The top of the line optional 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine manufacturers a stunning 365-horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
All of these late model sedans are PPV equipped to receive law enforcement lighting and hardware. They are all equipped with cutting edge electronic communication interface systems, safety options, and law enforcement grade braking systems.