New police vehicles: The race is on!
More than 400 observers at the 36th annual Michigan State Police vehicles testing got exactly what they came for — an impressive competition
As the annual Michigan State Police Vehicle Testing completes its 36th year, the “Big Three” auto manufacturers depart the testing grounds with something to brag about and the onlookers leave with something to talk about.
While it will take a few weeks for Michigan State Police Lt. Keith Wilson and his team to officially compile the results of the three days of testing, it did not take long for the information to get out to America’s Finest who will be tasked with driving these newly tested vehicles in the very near future.
A Clean Start
The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice came to the game with a 6.0 Liter, V8 Engine rated at 355 Horsepower. The anticipation was high and the Caprice did not disappoint. With a polite but bold statement that “they are back and back big”, the Caprice had the top speed with 148 MPH, toppling the Hemi Charger that has set the mark since they came on the scene. The Caprice also had the fastest acceleration times with 0-60 mph in 6.15 seconds when run on E-85 flex fuel and the quickest stopping distance with a deceleration rate from 60 to 0 mph with 128.3 feet.
Ford did test its new all wheel drive interceptor that will be ready in a 2012 model. While Ford is boasting of the performance, the Michigan State Police are not issuing official results of the test and we are honoring their request to not report on the preliminary numbers.
More to Come
In addition, the manufacturers will take their show on the road as they go to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department next month. It will be with Los Angeles County Sergeant Dave Hontz and his instructors that the Michigan State Police Results will try to be maintained by some and improved by others.
We look forward to keeping you up to date in what has become the most interesting Police Vehicle Testing we have seen in decades.
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