When trying to give a verdict about anything, you have to be extremely careful about what you say as people are very sensitive. We will try to be as clear as possible that we are not looking to give a verdict but just trying to make an analysis.
Obviously, when asked which is the best police car in the world, a lot of people will rush into saying that the Lamborghini police cars in Italy are the best, just because they are the fastest police cars in the world (most probably) and can catch up with anything. Let`s be honest. A Lamborghini is a really nice car, but a fragile one too. I can not imagine how it could smash itself into the car of a lunatic criminal that will not pull over. And honestly, considering the price of a Lamborghini, I do not know who would have the guts to do such a thing.
We are talking about complete police cars, which are both fast enough and tough enough to stop criminals. When we are talking about mean, tough cars our attention goes instantly to the country of muscle cars, the United States of America. Currently, there is quite a competition going on there between Chevrolet and Ford, both companies trying to sell as many police cars as possible.
The competitors are the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor and the Chevrolet Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) by General Motors.
In terms of power, the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor will come with two engine options, including a twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 engine that has an output of 365 horsepower and 474 Nm of torque and a 3.5 liter V6 engine (E86 compatible) that has an output of 263 horsepower. In comparison, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV will get its power from a 6.0 liter V8 engine that has an output of 355 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque.
The Ford Taurus Police Interceptor will get a six speed automatic transmission while the Chevrolet Caprice PPV will get a six speed automatic transmission too as well as four wheel independent suspension, optional cylinder deactivation. It is important to mention that a V6 version of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV will be available for the 2012 model year.
Ford decided to quit the big, rear wheel drive Panther platform in favor of a front and all wheel drive Ford Taurus Police Interceptor. On the other hand, General Motors quit the front wheel drive Chevrolet Impala option and returned to a big, rear wheel drive version. The Chevrolet Caprice is nothing more than a re-grilled Holden Caprice / Holden Statesman which itself is nothing more than a long wheelbase, more luxurious version of the Pontiac G8 / Holden Commodore.
Both the Chevrolet Caprice PPV and the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor will get standard heavy duty improvements, like improved safety system, bigger brakes and better cooling. Still, Ford will offer a number of extra features, including a rear view camera, Cross Traffic Alert (to ease backing out into traffic) as well as BLIS (Blind Spot Information System).
Did I forget to mention that most likely next year Dodge will launch a police version of the new Dodge Charger? Now that will be an interesting fight.
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