“Be Safe Out There”

This is a view you don’t want to see.

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This is a view you don’t want to see. That’s because the perspective is from the back seat of a cop car. To be more specific, it is a view from the backseat of the new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) that will begin rolling in 2011.

The Caprice PPV is based on the GM Zeta platform, the global rear-drive platform that unpins the new Chevy Camaro. However, this features the longest wheelbase of the cars using it, measuring 118.5 in. It has four-wheel independent suspension and is offered with a 355-hp 6.0-liter V8 that is said to provide a sub 6-second 0 to 60 mph time. (In 20102 there will be a V6 offered, too.

Particular attention was paid to the design of the seats. “The Chevrolet Caprice PPV’s seats represent a revolution in comfort and utility for officers who spend long hours in their car,” said Bob Demick, lead seat design manager, who continued, “The shape also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exist the vehicle quickly.”

Now here’s where perps need to pay attention and reconsider their bad ways: “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,” noted Demick.

The car is fast. The cops are comfortable. They can get out of the car fast. And they’re fully equipped.

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You’ve been warned.