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07-10-2017 06:24 AM
Blue Max
Originally Posted by GXPaycheck View Post
Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
What he said... again!

I don't think it's gonna happen.
07-08-2017 07:25 PM
j1620murphy Almost there

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04-03-2013 06:49 AM
Foster'sguy Just spotted a new PPV on SR84. Davie PD.
08-15-2012 11:29 AM
Ivie-G8 i just read the specs on the engine. same engine right? it calls for 8 quarts? i've been doing 8.3 am i f***ing up?
08-15-2012 11:21 AM
Ivie-G8 They are rare but they are there... not in the numbers estimated that's for sure... so the statesman (caprice ppv) is 10 inches longer, where is it gaining that 10 inches? are the doors the same? the fenders? the trunk?
05-28-2012 09:36 PM
Foster'sguy Saw One last week, driven by a BSO deputy. He was busy ticketing someone, but the deputy in the back up unit said the guy loved it and that it "hauled ass!".
05-26-2012 11:01 AM
italian ice More to the point on the Detective model.

05-26-2012 10:54 AM
italian ice http://www.gmfleet.com/pdf/2012_Capr...cal_Manual.pdf

FYI in case this is of interest to someone who can't wait for 2014. The Detective version 9C3 sounds interesting.
05-19-2012 02:15 PM
GXPaycheck Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
05-18-2012 11:20 PM
greggy 2014 Chevy SS is confirmed for public and NASCAR 2013.

VF Commodore V8... details unknown.
03-21-2012 11:08 AM
cozbyrt I wonder if they will call it Commodore? I've heard it will probably be priced at the Charger SRT8 level. It is supposed to be very limited in supply too. Very exciting news! I just hope Chevy continues to make it every year because it is going to be awhile before I can buy one.
03-16-2012 05:29 PM
italian ice
Is any of this "new" news?

Race is on to uncover Chevy's newest nameplate headed to showrooms

March 16, 2012 - 4:24 pm ET

Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News.

There's a lot of buzz surrounding Chevy's mysterious new model.

I'm betting it's the vehicle former GM product czar Bob Lutz talked about a few years ago.

Earlier this week, Chevy announced that the brand's NASCAR teams will be racing a vehicle that carries a new nameplate. "Impala" is being abandoned at the end of the NASCAR season for a new nameplate.

This is not something that would normally peak my interest.

But what caught the attention of occasional NASCAR followers like myself was the announcement the race car will closely resemble the production version.

Closely resemble the production version?

That's news, and Chevy says it won't be carrying Malibu, let alone Spark or Sonic badging. It will be a new nameplate. Chevy won't say if one of the nameplates in its rich heritage will be revived.

During a conversation with Lutz a few years ago, he mentioned that Chevrolet needed a rear-wheel drive performance sedan to draw buyers to the brand. At that time Lutz was vice chairman for product development at General Motors.

He described a kind of spiritual successor to the 1994-1996 Impala SS. That car was distinguished by the Corvette V-8 under the hood. Jim Perkins, former head of Chevrolet, gets credit for the car, a car that's held in high regard today by collectors.

Lutz said the new generation Impala SS would be developed by Holden down in Australia on the subsidiary's rear-wheel drive architecture.

Pontiac got a version called the G8 GTP, back in 2009, which packed a 402-hp 6.2-liter V-8. Chevy didn't. Blame GM's bankruptcy.

Last year, Chevy teased enthusiasts with the Caprice, a V-8-powered sedan from Holden that's available to law enforcement agencies. Chevy enthusiasts pined and speculated about a U.S. civilian version of the Caprice.

Some time in the next several months Chevrolet will disclose the new nameplate, unveil the production car and the racing version for NASCAR tracks. We will see just how close in terms of styling the race car is to the production version.

Why is that news?

NASCAR dictates the shape of today's stock cars, meaning what essentially distinguishes a Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford or Toyota on the track are the car's color and graphics, and the brand's name positioned on the vehicle.

Every race car body is essentially the same shape, probably coming from the same mold. While the graphics say Impala, Charger, Fusion and Camry, the car bodies lack the distinctive shape of the retail units. One body fits all in NASCAR -- that's essentially the rule. It's pretty boring.

But NASCAR changed the rules for the 2013 season. Automakers can incorporate a few styling cues seen on the retail car. Charger, Fusion and Toyota versions have been unveiled, and, yes, there's a closer resemblance to the retail versions. NASCAR enthusiasts can feel like they are closer to driving their favorite driver's racing machine.

But I think Chevy trumped each by adopting a new nameplate, separating this new performance car from its mainstream models. The strategy will create a buzz for the brand, drawing consumers to showroom to see Chevy's hot new car, which just might translate into sales for those other models in the product line.

You can reach Rick Kranz at [email protected].

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/2012...#ixzz1pJzaLr3I
03-14-2012 10:14 AM
gokrtmozrt Hope for a Chevy badged Holden rear drive V8. I heard the Cup car was going to be based on this platform so this could be good news!!

I have pictures of a Caprice "Police Demonstrator" at a local Chevy Dealer.

01-09-2012 01:53 AM
jafo_13 that arab police car is based on the WH statesman which is what i drive here in australia
like driving a lounge suite around so comfortable
12-12-2009 07:38 PM
racerdave Been in police work 30 years. Love to have one of these in the driveway next to the G-8!
11-01-2009 12:13 PM
2011 Chevrolet Caprice: This is going to be fun


Police Driving:
Safety Behind the Wheel

with Capt. Travis Yates

I was a brand new officer in 1994 when I was given an opportunity to drive a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice. Made famous in a number of movies, this full size black and white did not disappoint. I don’t even know what kind of modifications had been made to the car, but it sounded mean and driving it was fun.

Related Article: IACP Products: Chevy Caprice police car will be on duty in 2011 Even as a new officer, I didn’t have the car long before I was given an opportunity to drive various other models, most not worth mentioning. A few years later I received a car that many have called one of the greatest ever made for police service — a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1.

Powered by a LT1 260 Horsepower, 5.7 Liter engine, the car was one of the most popular for the LE profession of all time. To this day, there are many enthusiasts that just can’t let go of this icon. But all good things had to come to an end and in 1996, General Motors ceased production on the Caprice.

Flash forward 13 years and the gauntlet is being thrown down. If the 2006 Dodge Charger broke the mold for police cars, the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice blows it up. According to the general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, Jim Campbell, “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”
With a sleek and sporty look, the 2011 rear wheel drive Caprice sports an impressive 6.0 Liter, V8 Engine rated at an estimated 355 horsepower. According to GM, the new Caprice “is not based on existing civilian passenger-car model sold in North America. It has been developed in key areas specifically for police duty.”

General Motors expects “a sub six second” 0-60 acceleration and a top speed when compared to others in its class. They say the car will contain two trunk-mounted batteries, with one of them dedicated to powering various police equipment along with built in compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology.

According to Bob Demick, the lead seat design manager, “The shape (of the seat) also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exit the vehicle quickly. The seatback bolsters, for example, have been purposefully contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt, which includes the gun, TASER, and handcuffs, which rest comfortably in the sculpted lower bolsters. That also increases the longevity of the trim cover surface.”

The Caprice boasts a larger interior than its competitors at 112 cubic feet including more legroom and special features will include spotlights, lockouts for the power windows and locks and an “undercover” street-appearance package titled the 9C3
Chevrolet & Policing: A Brief History
Chevrolet’s history with law enforcement is almost as old as the brand itself. Police departments have used Chevy sedans as police cars for decades, ordering them with basic equipment and powerful V-8 engines — including some special engines that weren’t available in regular-production models, such as the 1959 Biscayne that was offered with up to 315 horsepower. The full-size Chevrolets joined the force in 1976. All Caprice police cars — including the new, 2011 model — have carried the 9C1 order code. Here’s a quick look back at Chevys on patrol:
1959 — Chevy Biscayne police model capable of 135 mph with specially tuned, police-only version of the 348-cubic-inch V-8 engine
1965 — The new “big-block” 396 engine is offered in Biscayne and Bel Air police cars, making them among the most powerful on patrol; a 427 V-8 was added in 1966
1976 — The 9C1 order code is given for the first time to a full-size Chevy police car package. It carries the Impala name.
1977 — The full-size Chevy is downsized. The 9C1 police package is retained, as is the Impala name.
1986 — The Caprice name replaces Impala, as the car is updated for the mid- and late-1980s — including the option of a powerful, 5.7-liter small-block V-8.
1991 — A new-generation Caprice is launched, with the 9C1 police car still on the beat.
1994 — The 260-horsepower (194 Nm) LT1 V-8 engine is offered in the Caprice 9C1, making it one of the fastest full-size police cars ever offered.
1996 — Caprice police car production ends, as GM’s full-size, body-on-frame car architecture is discontinued.
2011 — The Caprice PPV returns to active duty.
There is much we still don’t know about this car and while the specifications are impressive, there is only one way it will prove itself: that is with America’s Finest behind the wheel. That will tell the story and Chevrolet is confident that story will be a huge success. Orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice can be placed in the 3rd quarter of 2010 with deliveries beginning in early 2011.
10-08-2009 03:40 PM
Chevy Caprice / Impala SS

So lets flood GM with requests for this car to be sold as the NEW Impala and Impala SS with available LS3 and M6 !
More options would be nice too , Memory seats , glove box light , nav system , better interior surface quality and more gauges in the dash where the Atari gauges were in 08.
10-05-2009 07:34 PM
sccaGTO Yes, G8-5150, it does. This confirms a 6 month old rumor.
10-05-2009 02:32 PM
G8-5150 Hmm..Does this look familiar??

04-30-2009 08:05 AM
DaMaine1 Each time I see this story, and I've seen it many times from various publications over the past couple of days, I can't help but hope that the G8/Holden platform will continue to exist here in the US as a ??? (um who cares just so long as it's here). I'll be watching develpoment of this very closely
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