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by Tim Beissmann

Chevrolet has released the technical manual for the Holden-based 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) with details of two available variants: the 9C1 Police Package and the 9C3 Detective Police Package.

Both vehicles come with a number of unique purpose-built features for police work.

The Trap Speed Feature allows the driver to use steering wheel-mounted controls to record and store the speed of the car directly in front, while Stealth Mode lets the driver to turn off all the exterior and interior lights by rotating the headlamp switch to OFF to aid undetected approaches.

Other unique features include 18in steel wheels, heavy-duty disc brakes and improved suspension, an enhanced stability control system with police performance mode, upgraded coolers for the engine oil, transmission and power steering and a 170-amp alternator.

The 9C3 Detective has been designed for non-patrol and undercover police work. Offered in seven different colours, it does away with many of the more obvious exterior modifications of the 9C1 patrol version and is equipped more like a standard road car.

As criminals will not be transported in the 9C3, it gains revised front and rear seat configurations and a centre console with cup holders.

Both will be powered by a 265kW/521Nm 6.0-litre V8 with FlexFuel (which takes petrol and E85 ethanol) and Active Fuel Management. GM says its 0-100km/h time of less than 6.0 seconds will make it the police service’s fastest-accelerating and highest-top speed vehicle.

A six-cylinder version of the Caprice PPV is expected to become available in 2012.

General Motors will not sell either version of the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV to retail customers, restricting sales to police departments only. GM is currently showing the vehicle around North America before orders for the 2011 vehicles are placed in the coming months.

Local Holden spokesman Jonathan Rose said the level of demand for the Australian-built Caprice PPV would become clearer in the second half of this year.

“Production and shipping dates are to be confirmed. The first step in the process is to showcase the car to the North American market and at that point GM hopes to start receiving orders,” Mr Rose said.

“We haven’t confirmed volumes at this stage but we know that the North American law enforcement market equates to about 70,000 vehicles per year, so capturing even a fraction of that market would be significant for Holden.”

Local production is not expected to begin until late-2010 or early-2011.




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