So we all have seen strange trademarks and copyrights, plus we have all seen companies fighting over whether or not a trademark or copyright is legal. First you have Windows, then you have Apple, both of which are extremely common words that are trademarked. As of late, you have Macintosh slapping a trademark on the all-too-common “App Store” phrase. Well, how about this for a weird one, “SS” is now an official trademark of GM.
Well, technically the trademark reads “The mark consists of the letters SS in a fanciful design,” meaning the actual letters are not trademarked, but the design with letters are, make sense? So this leads us to speculate… After 51 model years of including the “SS” moniker on vehicles – the first came on the 1961 Impala – why do this now?
We know that the Impala SS is on its way – thanks for that Chevy – but what does GM have up its sleeve? The vast majority of us media folk, TopSpeed included, assume that this means an actual SS model is in the works. There have been rumors afloat that GM will release police package Caprice models as the SS model, and some of the details seem to align.
First, consider the fact that the Holden Commodore was once rumored to become the 2014 Chevy SS, but was never officially confirmed, then add in the fact that the Commodore is now the Caprice PPV. We think you can do the math. It looks like our friends over at GM Inside News were actually correct when they reported the Commodore-turned-SS rumor in 2011. At this point we just have to wait until GM officially announces it, but for now it looks like this is certainly happening.
On an aside, this would also mark the return of the Pontiac G8, in a way, as the G8 was actually a Commodore in Pontiac garb. Funny how it all comes full circle, huh?
Chevrolet has announced details on the new 2011 Caprice police car that will be used in police agencies across the country. The new model is powered by a 6.0 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 355 HP and 384 lb-ft torque. It is one of the fastest police cars out there with a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of under six seconds.
The vehicle offers a segment exclusive front-seat-only head curtain air bag, which allows for installation of a full-width prisoner partition. Additionally, StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic stability control technology, provides a "police performance" mode for enhanced stability during high-speed driving to help ensure the safety of the PPV occupants.
"We view the police vehicle as an extended office for our officers," Dennis Hogan, Fleet Services manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa said. "We chose the Caprice, because it delivers optimal officer operational space, trunk and storage space, and generally provides our officers the most-suitable operating environment."
Americans always says that Canadians are “just like us.” They talk (almost) the same, look slightly paler, and they just happen to use those funny little kilometers per hour instead of the proper miles per hour. After much thought though, it’s the Australians that are most like Americans– especially when it comes down to the shared passion of muscle cars.
The Holden Commodore last made its appearance on our shores in 2009 as the Pontiac G8. It was a big, full-size, four door sedan, complete with an equally big Corvette-sourced V8 engine. What’s not to love about it?
Unfortunately for us, the G8 left our market with the demise of Pontiac in 2010 and we’ve been without our fair share of Australian cars since then. But alas some good news: according to GM Inside News, the Holden Commodore has been confirmed to return to the United States as a 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan.
Even better news follows. GM Inside News also reports that General Motors is considering bringing the Holden Commodore Ute and Commodore SportWagon to our shores as well, as the Chevy El Camino and SportWagon. If these rumors hold any water, we’d expect to see the El Camino the same time we see the SS Sedan and the Sport Wagon released soon thereafter.
For the record, this isn’t the first time these rumors have popped up. Some of you may even remember that we were supposed to get the Commodore Ute back in 2009 as the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck before the economy tanked and it was cancelled. Also in July of the same year, Bob Lutz said that the G8 would be saved and become the Chevrolet Caprice. That also turned out to be untrue although the Commodore’s big brother, the Statesman went on to become the new Caprice PPV.
While there is hope for these awesome Aussies on our shores, we’ll have to wait to believe it when we see it.
The Chevrolet Caprice last served as a police car in 1996, but after 14 years of absence, Chevrolet has decided it was time for a comeback. For 2011, the Caprice will once again help catch the bad guys.
The Caprice Police car is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine rated at 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment list will include 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps, large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, police-calibrated stability control system and special equipment packages such as spotlights. Other features are lockouts for the power windows and locks and an “undercover” street-appearance package (9C3).
"The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement," said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "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."
Updated 09/15/2010: Customers interested in the new Caprice Police Car will be happy to know that they can begin placing their orders in January with deliveries starting in April 2011. The price for the police car is $30,995.
Press release after the jump. Full story
It’s about that time, folks. The time for police officers to ride in style while they capture the miscreants that roam our cities. The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will be seen on the streets starting in April 2011. Before that officers can order the Caprice PPV detective package (9C3) in October 2010. The police package (9C1) can be ordered starting in January 2011 before the vehicles start their service in June 2011.
The Caprice police car is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine producing 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has the appeal of Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. Those features will come in handy when patrolling the streets as will the full-width prisoner partition when the police officers have “guests” in the backseat.
The PPV comes with tons of standard equipment to help out the boys in blue including 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps, large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, police-calibrated stability control system and special equipment packages such as spotlights and a little something called “Trap Speed”. This feature captures speed when tracking/pacing other vehicles.
Hit the jump for the press release containing full specs for the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle. Full story
As much as we love, or hate, the police, they have always had the most fantastic cars. Sure they are big boats, but they can keep up with most sports cars. The next generation of police cruisers is upon us and this one is from Chevrolet. It’s called the Caprice PPV and it will get an old school motor under the hood. The Ford Taurus cop car will get a fancy EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6, but in typical GM fashion, the Caprice will get a 6.0-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. One would think that with that many liters and that many cylinders GM would be able to get a bit more power out of the big V8.
We already know what to expect with the normal car, but we are anxious to find out what kinds of toys will be offered on the “Detective Package”. The car will get an undercover look, which is great because it shows us what the car might look like when it goes on sale for us normal folks.
The car will use the same underpinnings as the normal Police PPV and there will be seven colors available.
Be sure to look at the pictures below for a look at what the car has to offer.