June 3, 2012
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: What Is It?
The 2012 Chevrolet Caprice is a vehicle built for and sold exclusively to police departments. It revives the name of a large sedan built until 1996 that was sold to the public and also used as a police cruiser. Though it shares its design roots with the Australian-market Holden Commodore (sold in the U.S. as the 2008-2009 Pontiac G8), it has been modified and outfitted to suit the needs of police officers.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: What’s New?
The Chevrolet Caprice gets a V6 as its standard engine; a V8 is a no-cost option. New standard features include an engine hour/idle hour meter, driver and front-passenger knee airbags, a front-passenger-door lock cylinder, and available passenger-side spotlight or spotlight-ready configuration. A limited-slip differential is standard on cars equipped with V8 engines and optional on V6s.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: Model Lineup, Features, and Options
The Chevrolet Caprice comes in either Police or Detective trims. All Caprice PPVs include seats sculpted to accommodate an officer’s equipment belt, a “stealth mode” that extinguishes exterior and interior lights, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering column, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated mirrors, and oil, transmission, and steering-system coolers.
Options include disabled rear-seat door locks, handles, and windows; wiring for police lights, siren, and horn; a common fleet-key locking system; a flashing function for headlights and taillights; a second battery to power accessories; spotlights and spotlight-ready preparation; remote engine start; full wheel covers on Detective models; and a trunk-mounted red and blue LED array.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels
The Caprice PPV comes with a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. A 355-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 is a no-cost option. Both are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All Caprice PPVs are rear-wheel drive. A limited-slip differential comes standard on V8-equipped cars; it is optional with the V6.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: Fuel Economy
V6-equipped Caprice PPV models deliver 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway. V8s get 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway. Both engines run on regular-grade gas. The V8 has a cylinder-deactivation system. V8s can also use E85 ethanol-blended fuel.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV: Safety Features
The Chevrolet Caprice PPV has ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front-side airbags, curtain-side airbags, and driver and front-passenger knee airbags.